Back in January we caught wind of a special edition McLaren MP4-12C dubbed the High Sport. A project of McLaren Special Operations, the High Sport benefits from aerodynamic enhancements developed for the MP4-12C GT3 race car and features a new front end and rear bumper, larger vents and diffuser, a modified rear wing and unique wheels. Topping it all off, McLaren has boosted the twin-turbo 3.8L V8 by 75 horsepower, further increasing performance. Just five will be produced in total, all of which have already been spoken for.

At the time of our initial report, only a single low resolution photo and amateur video were available for the special edition McLaren. Thankfully that has been remedied, as the official photographer for McLaren Special Operations has sent us a stunning gallery that includes all five MP4-12C High Sport examples. You can see the entire set of photos in all its glory in the gallery above.


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      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      While the standard edition is an interesting and balanced design, it is somewhat sedate or even generic for this type of vehicle, and I would still love to have one. But this version adds some distinction and character, a little more spice in a great recipe. Like others have noted, this is how it should have started out.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @citidriver
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        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        I feel cheated with the McLaren stuff, esp compared to Murray's design. I also find the current design to be very unoriginal and definitely sedate. It's like the phase that Ferrari just go out of, right after the 458 because they're on a roll now, and its no longer just Lambo setting the benchmark for design.
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. just beautiful. Many will argue th particlers of the car, but what do they know. this is a stunning car, Form and Function. I love how people call paddle shifters "***** paddles" I guess those F1 drivers are a bunch of wimps. don't think so.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel sorry for the two who purchased the white examples.. So much for uniqueness.. I mean come on you buy a car of which there are only four others in the world and ya find out one of those four happens to be the same color, i think one of those two should be sent back through the paint for a nice coat of Carbon Black.
      Tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      beautiful images, hat tip to the photographer :)
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the front fascia change and the vents on top of the front fenders, looks far more serious. Dunno about the blacked out bumper section though, just looks like a vinyl sticker. The back of the MP4-12C is one of the design elements I thought they got right the first time.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm, an additional 75 horsepower would bring it up to about 666 hp. I guess that's apt, because this thing would be a demon on the track.
      peakarach1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front end look light yrs better than the standard model.
      taipeileviathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      They ripped off the New Dalek Paradigm color scheme!
      CLASSIFIED
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only 5 being produced? Are you effing kidding me?? This is the car the MP4-12C should have been in the first place!
      emig
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was fortunate enough to see one of these in person! It was spotted in the Coral Gables, FL area. http://i.imgur.com/rTEuH.jpg
      booger
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should update the standard model with the front end and rear fender scoops from the HS. The Lambo doors gots ta go. The wheels- I don't see why you can't have a bespoke set of your choosing for what this car costs anyway. The 75 HP doesn't really matter. Love the car, it just looks a bit bland when parked beside a Lambo or Ferrari or even an F1.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @booger
        You really dont know what you are talking about.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does it come with a transmission, or are we still stuck with pussypaddles?
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        In a car that's as focused on pure speed as this, a manual gearbox would just get in the way. Plus, this has state of the art technology derived from F1, so throwing something in that has a massive human error factor and 20x slower operation would be counter intuitive. As I have said countless times against both narrow minded autotrans fanboys and manual douchebags like yourself, not every sportscar needs to be stuck with the same transmission in the name of laptimes or "manliness". A Corvette, Viper, GT 2/3 911, and similar cars deserve a manual because it suits their hardcore, low tech approach to making a driving machine. A Mclaren, Ferrari, or even Lamborghini are high tech, rapid accelerating machines that are no less awe inspiring with an equally high tech and rapid transmission.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          I will gladly trade 0.04 seconds to 60mph for the ability to drive the car for myself. When people like you say 'human error' and 'get in the way' in regards to manual transmissions in supercars, you're treating us like a nanny state. Oh you can't control that(even though we have been driving manual for 100 years and raw cars like the F40 had them), we should take it away from you so you don't get your error all over the car.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          I agree with citidriver: you cant go wrong with a choice, but if 99% choose one transmission, it doesnt become sustainable making and developing two transmissions in parallel. Look at Porsche with their 991. People bought more 997s with Tiptronic and PDK than manual, but the stick had enough of a market share to not only justify its continued existence, but also the development of an extra gear in the next generation. On the other hand, last gen Ferraris and Lamborghinis were a different matter. Even offering a beautiful gated manual shifter against an unrefined and jerky paddle shifter, almost everyone took to the two pedal versions, even the automotive media focused primarily on the flappy paddles, lauding their lightning responses. It only makes sense that when management said "we only have budget for one transmission in the next gen, make it good" the paddle shifter becomes standard equipment. I think North Americans and Europeans also play a role here in this train of thought. Here, regrettably, most cars are automatic and the majority of drivers will never know or care about what a clutch does. The enthusiasts among us therefore demand manuals that much more... to preserve an art form quickly vanishing among us. In Europe, it is automatics that are the rarity: everyone and their grandma drives stick, whether or not they actually care about driving. It isn't anything special to boast having a manual sports car... your neighbor's 20 year old Vauxhall has a manual too, one that also can be rev matched and its clutch popped at streetlights. No, they want a different experience, and are more open to effectively automatic but still completely driver controlled paddle shifting boxes. To say that driving a supercar would not be an incredibly special experience just because it has paddles is as ignorant as saying that the manual transmission has no use now that autos are just as fast and efficient.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Dont get me wrong, I am a manual fan, but not every car is better with a manual, though it is a necessity for others. I can understand why Mclaren didnt even consider it with this car, but I am apalled Porsche is considering a GT3 with no manual even as an option.
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