If you raised an eyebrow in suspicion when McLaren insisted its new 650S would join its lineup in tandem with – and not as a replacement for – the MP4-12C, we're with you. The 650S is, after all, based closely on the 12C, distinguishing itself essentially with a revised shape, updated equipment and more power. And with the Spider version having debuted alongside the coupe in Geneva, there's really little room left for the 12C at all.

Keeping both around at the same time would be like if arch-rival Ferrari offered both the old California and new California T (or the 360 Modena and the F430 that followed) at the same time. Yet McLaren has remained adamant that the 12C isn't going anywhere despite the arrival of the 650S.

Or is it? Well, yes and no. Reports coming in from the UK indicate that, while McLaren will continue to offer the 12C to customers who order it, the company has actually ceased production of the older, less expensive version for the time being in order to gear up for producing the newer 650S.

Keeping both models on the order sheet will likely cease once McLaren's upcoming entry-level model, dubbed P13, comes along. Essentially replacing the 12C with the 650S at that point will allow Woking to open up a bigger price difference between it and the new model, helping to differentiate between the two. In the meantime, the House that Bruce (or Ron) Built appears to be taking a similar approach to Pagani, which kept the Zonda on offer long after the Huayra came along.


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      johnnythemoney
      • 9 Months Ago
      As the two cars are basically the same except for some components, if confirmed this sounds like "we don't have orders for the 12C at the moment".
      manure
      • 9 Months Ago
      McLaren's drama and confusion causes serious problems. The lack of clarity is wasting my valuable time in fantasy land. All the fantasy cars are parked in the fantasy garage until this is sorted out.
      Where's the cheese?
      • 9 Months Ago
      Would anyone buy the 12C now that the 650S exists? At this point, money is no object and since the 650S is not marketed as a special version of the 12C like Ferrari did with their 458 Speciale, you've essentially phased out one of your own products. With Pagani, it's different, the Zonda was its first production car and only one car per car company can have that distinction so I can see how its clientele will still ask for it even though the Huayra is the official successor. Just like McLaren's F1, the Pagani Zonda will still be a commodity in years to come.
      HyphyCus
      • 9 Months Ago
      650S GT3 anyone!?
      Andyz
      • 9 Months Ago
      with such a low volume I am sure McLaren can build even 1 offs, you have to see the factory to understand bespoke in its fullest meaning, what I cannot understand is the bizarre "photocopier" names that they use MP4-12C, 650S, P1, they have no linage or connection, lets have some names or at least a progressive or numbering system that is relative.
        Alexander Sambuco
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Andyz
        The naming they used for the MP4-12C was borrowed from their naming structure for their F1 cars. MP4 is, at least now, McLaren Project 4, which is the chassis designation of their F1 cars. The 12 is McLaren's Performance Index Rating that they have given the car while the C is for Carbon. I agree they should have called it something different though
      malgu
      • 9 Months Ago
      Maybe they still offer it.. just no one is placing orders for it so they cease production
      thequebecerinfrance
      • 9 Months Ago
      This car is not sexy, it'bland. The 12C and the 650S are not exciting cars. How come they can make the P1 (especially in black) drop dead gorgious and they can't make this car the least bit attractive.
      AGSHOP
      • 9 Months Ago
      THIS SUCKS.
      TrueDat
      • 9 Months Ago
      imagine GM building the C6 and C7 at the same time and selling them side by side. WTF!!! that's such a sh*tty idea.. I hope they don't get another order for the 12C. that's like buying a used a 360 Ferrari because you can't afford a 458.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's like they had two totally different design teams, one for the gorgeous P1 and the other for this red-headed step-child (and the 12c)
        Mu Sic
        • 9 Months Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        Actually the 12C and the P1 had different designers. The 650S is a mixture of both.
          CadiVetteFerrari
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mu Sic
          What I'm implying to say is the A team worked on the P1 and the C team worked on this.
      malgu
      • 9 Months Ago
      Dang I was just about to buy one!
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Goodnight, sweet prince.
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