McLaren will reportedly be offering a handful of upgrades for the 2013 model year MP4-12C supercar. Car and Driver reports that the most significant upgrade is a power bump – 25 horsepower – which now brings the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8's total output to a screaming 618 hp.

Other changes for 2013 include modified transmission programming and the addition of software that will let drivers control just how much engine noise is piped into the cabin. (With a car like this, why turn down that eight-pot growl?) There's also a suspension lift mode, which can raise and lower the car at slow speeds, and the MP4-12C's touchscreen infotainment interface will now be equipped with Bluetooth and navigation functionality.

Oh, and current MP4 owners needn't worry – McLaren will retrofit all of these new features to 2012 models free of charge. The 2013 model will officially go on sale this September.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm impressed. They just built a competitive edge and showed their willingness to keep current customers happy. Smart and admirable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The guys at McLaren are smart. They're new to the supercar game (F1 excepted) and they are listening very carefully to their customers. They're in it for the long haul and I think that in time will become a major player in their niche.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now only if Mercedes/AMG would take a page from McLaren's playbook and offer the ECU tune and transmission software upgrades they put in the SLS "GT" for existing customers. No mechanical differences between the 2011/2012 SLS and 2013 SLS-GT's engines and transmissions, only software.
      Justin Shaw
      • 3 Years Ago
      Retofitting... why does that make so much sense
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow, bluetooth AND navigation??? please, don't spoil us too much McLaren.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great, screwing all original and faithful owners.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carbon Fibre
        I know, McLaren are utter ********* for screwing over their first customers. Only offering to upgrade their cars absolutely free of charge, what pricks. You probably didn't get that I was being sarcastic, and you probably wont be reading the end of my post to see that I was being sarcastic.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet now you can theoretically get to the valet at the country club 0.01 seconds faster than Bob in his slow 2012 MP4-12C:)
      • 3 Years Ago
      When it first came out, it was a beast and stood out among the crowd. It's still fantastic, it doesn't stand out to me anymore.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mclaren is my favorite auto manufacturer. Can't wait for the new F1, need to trade in my mustang. ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I appreciate what McLaren is doing but in reality, how hard is it do this retrofit? After all, there are not that many MP4-12C models to retrofit compared the number of Audis, Mercedes, BMWs, etc.
      Frank Winn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't believe some of the retards that havent read the last two sentences.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The retrofit is genius. Their customers may just buy another car because of that, and will talk all sorts of good things about the brand for doing it.
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