Niche automakers face a difficult decision: lay out the mountain of cash it takes to have their exotic rides certified for American roads, or save the money and miss out on one of the largest markets. McLaren Automotive had the new MP4-12C homologated for the United States, and now they're thankful that they did.

According to Motor Trend, a whopping 40 percent of the 1000 orders for the MP4-12C that McLaren has taken so far have been placed by customers in the US, through its extensive dealer network here.

It was a surprise most of all for Antony Sheriff, the American who serves as McLaren Automotive's managing director. From his experiences as a racing fan on this side of the Atlantic, he felt that McLaren lacked the brand recognition that names like Ferrari and Lamborghini enjoy in a market that's had an on-again, off-again relationship with Formula One.

With the MP4-12C already off to an auspicious start, the focus at McLaren's high-tech facility in Woking, England, has turned to expanding the lineup. The successor to the legendary McLaren F1 is in the works, and the rumormill suggests that both a convertible version of the MP4-12C and a stripped-down, hardcore variant in the mold of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and Porsche 911 GT3 RS are also being developed. As for those shooting-brake rumors, we haven't been holding our breath, and wouldn't suggest you do, either.


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      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like I'll be taking a trip to the Greenwich dealer to oogle a bit. They've got some crazy color selections on the website. Dying to see what Volcano black looks like in person, though I would never choose that myself in my fantasy world of car buying.
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Read that as "40% OFF McLarens MP4-12Cs bound for the U.S." Started counting my money...
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw a silver one outside Chicago in early February. At first glance I thought it was a Gallardo because I wasn't AT ALL expecting to see McLarens on the road yet...
        blacccc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        I just moved to the west burbs from Texas. I have seen one exotic since I moved here. Where do you encounter these types of cars? I like seeing nice rides on the road. I have seen mostly rust buckets.
          SloopJohnB
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blacccc
          I just visit Chicago on business or to see my child at UChicago and one thing I noticed was more exotics on the street than in DC. Perhaps it's just when the Bulls are playing...but it's almost like NYC for exotics. In DC, not so much.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blacccc
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          jvshenderson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @blacccc
          On the road, you usually see them downtown or in wealthy lakeshore towns like Highland Park. If you're in the west burbs, you should check out a section of Ogden Ave in Hinsdale. It has Continental Autosports (Ferrari/Maserati), Fox Valley Motorcars (Lamborghini/Lotus), and a Porsche dealer all within a mile or so of each other.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I caught a glimpse of an orange MP4 in Azusa, CA about two weeks ago.
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't the Germans understand this?
      TheSTIG
      • 2 Years Ago
      superb. hope to see many mp4-12c's in the US...wish I was one of the lucky recipients.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess the McLaren is still a little too tasteful for Chinese and middle eastern tastes.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Racist much?
          dohc73
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          How is that racist? Isn't it foredeeming in itself to call somebody racist?
        schaps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        The dealership is up and running here in Dubai, UAE. I've seen one MP4-12C out and about - though that was on a delivery truck!
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans may not know how to build cars, but they sure know how to buy them.
        Dennis Baskov
        • 2 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        They do know how to build cars, it's just that there are ignorant people out there who don't realize it.
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        Yes, you've summed up the truth of all the world in just one little sentence according to your intelligence. Now run along and go find yourself a nice banana monkeyboy.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      Supercars should never have shooting brake varients. You wanna haul stuff get a pick up or a wagon
        Al Terego
        • 2 Years Ago
        @me
        You think people buy shooting brakes to haul stuff? Your mind exists in a small, small world, son.
        wsbfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @me
        Right, and I'll take it a step further...mid engined supercars should never be convertibles.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @me
        I don't have a problem with shooting brakes, but a mid-engine shooting brake is just st000pid.
          dohc73
          • 2 Years Ago
          @turbomonkey2k
          Ahh, it all makes sense now. What we have here is Justin Bieber commenting. So c000l.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @turbomonkey2k
          How?
      TokyoRemix
      • 2 Years Ago
      1. AWESOME. 2. So, Mr. Sheriff, how do I go about becoming McLaren Automotive's managing director? Apparently Americans have good taste in sports cars.
      maverick_02
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now mclaren needs to make a four door coupe and a crossover to be in line with every other super car maker.
      wanderlust
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man if I had the money this is without a doubt what I would get.
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