Since the launch of the MP4-12C back in 2011, McLaren has rolled out endless variations on the theme. The original coupe was followed by the 12C Spider, the GT3 racing version, the Can-Am hardcore track toy (pictured above), the GT Sprint mild track version and more special editions than we could count. But Woking isn't done yet. Not by a long shot.

The latest word coming in from the UK has it that McLaren is preparing an even more focused version of the 12C to take on the Ferrari 458 Speciale. That should mean some trimming of the fat and upgrading of equipment to raise that all-important power-to-weight ratio. According to Autocar, the House that Bruce Built plans to boost the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 from its current 616 horsepower to around 650 – which shouldn't be too difficult since the same engine has already been optimized to produce 727 hp in the McLaren P1, even before the hybrid boost is taken into account.

Standard carbon-ceramic brakes are expected to help keep the extra power in check, while some aerodynamic enhancements are said to be in the mix as well. The hardcore 12C is also tipped to get a new front-end treatment reminiscent of the P1 that's then slated to make the transition to other versions of the 12C to give the derivatively-styled supercar more personality and family resemblance.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      overdone and in no way a competition to the 458 my book
      • 1 Year Ago
      Commenters, this Can-Am version that is pictured isn't the one going against the Speciale. They are still developing it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh thank God. I kept wondering how Ferrari managed to make such a pretty car, and McLaren did this. But thanks for the clarification that this particular Mclaren is intended as a racer. Here's to hoping McLaren can make a hardcore 12c while retaining most of its good looks.
      • 1 Year Ago
      hope they fix the MASSIVE oversteer.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good points but having driven the McLaren and ridden in the Ferrari I could never see myself owning one (not that I could afford either) because it rides like crap.LOL
      John Ralphio
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like how McLaren continue to one-up Ferrari with new variants of the 12C. The speciale took some time for me to appreciate the styling but I think it's a nice looking car. I wanna see these duke it out on Top Gear.
      • 1 Year Ago
      In a related note, Autoweek is reporting that the Mclaren P1 is rumored to have lapped the 'ring somewhere in the 6:30ish range, which would eclipse the 918 by a wide margin.
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