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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider

Our First Drive of the McLaren MP4-12C Spider was nearly one year ago, when the automaker invited us to Malaga, Spain, for its introduction. While we had plenty of seat time during our initial orientation, nothing tops wringing out an exotic in your own backyard when you can focus on the vehicle and not worry about learning the apexes on a foreign track. Last week, McLaren Automotive asked us if we wanted to spend some time with its new Spider on domestic soil. We couldn't turn that down, especially when learned the venue was the 13-turn infield circuit at Southern California's Auto Club... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Twin-Turbo 3.8L V8
Power:
616 HP / 443 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed DCT
Base Price:
$265,750
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    Geneva: McLaren opens up the 650S Spider
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    A good solid year separated the release of the McLaren MP4-12C and its Spider counterpart. McLaren isn't waiting that long, however, to reveal its new 650S Spider – in fact it's presenting both versions at the same time here at the Geneva Motor Show. But while Woking has given us plenty of details and photos of the coupe to chew on in the lead up to ...

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    Geneva: McLaren 650S isn't your average middle child
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    The all-new McLaren 650S is making its auto show debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show today, and we've just had a proper first look at the British exotic's new midrange model. Boasting McLaren's familiar 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, the 650S packs 641 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 60 in a brisk 3 seconds, placing it ...

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    Official: McLaren 650S will hit 124 mph in 8.4 seconds
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    Sometimes an automaker reveals a car, in full, and that's the whole story. But sometimes things get dragged out a bit. The McLaren 650S falls in the latter category, which strikes us as a bit odd considering that it's essentially a massaged version of the existing MP4-12C. No matter, the news here remains impressive all the same. The British racing team ...

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    Official: McLaren rolls out new 650S en route to Geneva
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    There are a lot of good things to be said about the McLaren MP4-12C. It is, after all, one of the most thoroughly capable supercars on the market, and it's served as a fitting launch pad for the new McLaren Automotive operation. What the 12C has never had, however, is an engaging name or a distinctive design. But the latter appears to be something Woking ...

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    Official: McLaren confirms 650S ahead of Geneva reveal
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    McLaren has a big reveal in store for next month's Geneva Motor Show. It has just announced a new model called the McLaren 650S for the Swiss show, but at the moment, it's not saying much more, releasing just the single teaser image shown above and no real details about its new sports car. McLaren promises that the 650S sits between the MP4-12C and P1 in ...

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    Monterey: McLaren Special Operations shows off customized MP4-12C duo
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    McLaren is making a habit of showing off the capabilities of its Special Operations department here at The Quail, during the Pebble Beach weekend. Last year the Special Ops folks brought us the tremendously cool McLaren X-1, while this year they've rolled in with a pair of customized MP4-12C Spiders that are all dressed up to party with the blue ...

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    Spy Shots: McLaren MP4-12C gets a nip, tuck and 'Ring run
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    It looks like this McLaren MP4-12C is recovering from a touch of plastic surgery, and our spy shooters who caught it at the Nürburgring say that a minor headlight and bumper facelift is on the way. Juicier things could be happening in the rear, though, with the suggestion that horsepower from the 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 will rise from 616 horsepower ...

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    Exclusive: Early thoughts from our McLaren P1 supercar walkaround [UPDATE]
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    Press days for the 2012 Paris Motor Show have yet to get underway, but Autoblog's European Editor, Matt Davis, has already gotten a good look at what is sure to be one of the exhibition's brightest stars, the McLaren P1. While Davis was not permitted to take photographs of the new design study until its formal unveiling, our man received a ...

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    Rumormill: Porsche planning Panamera Shooting Brake, McLaren mulling one, too
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    Wagon fever long ago caught on in Europe, but the fervor may be set to reach new heights. Porsche and McLaren are reportedly working on new long-roof versions of their Panamera and MP4-12C models, both evidently inspired by the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. Autobild reports Porsche may pull the wraps off a new wagon version of the Panamera at the ...

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    Geneva: Gemballa GT is yet another one-off McLaren MP4-12C
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    If Mansory's take on the McLaren MP4-12C was a fiery sunrise, then this is the other side of dawn: the Gemballa GT. Gemballa is campaigning a McLaren in this year's GT3 series, and the company's motorsport experience has been "distilled into a state-of-the art super sports car." That means new front and rear clips, side skirts and rear wing, plus ...

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    Geneva: McLaren MP4-12C Terso shows FAB Design's good side
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    The good news for folks who both love and hate the FAB Design McLaren MP4-12C Terso is that there will only be five made. But to our eyes, the Swiss tuners known for some felonious assaults on innocent cars (the McLaren SLR Desire, anyone?) have been admirably restrained with this one, although we'll admit that Mansory set the bar high. New front and ...

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    Geneva: Hamann memoR adds some aggression to McLaren's MP4-12C
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    We've come to rely on Hamann to supply the world with a range of over-the-top modified vehicles. While the company's tastes rarely dovetail with our own, we're absolutely smitten with the memoR on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The company apparently set forth with the intention of giving the McLaren MP4-12C a more aggressive exterior. Mission ...

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    Geneva: Mansory McLaren MP4-12C is any which way but subtle
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    We'll admit when we saw drawings of the McLaren MP4-12C as tuned by Mansory we thought it just another Mansory moment. Perhaps it was the dull grapefruit color, muddy black contrasting bits and burnt yellow wheels. However, seeing it in person at the Geneva Motor Show, we'll admit it has our attention. Yes, it's overdone. But that crimson starfire ...

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    Official: Mansory tunes McLaren MP4-12C for Geneva
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    The Geneva Motor Show party can't really begin until Mansory shows up, and here they are with a McLaren MP4-12C that has been turned into "a work of art." Since Mansory makes most of its paintings in carbon fiber, that means new hood, roof, rear wing and mirror housings as well as wider fenders that stretch the car by 60 mm. Let's not forget the unique ...

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    Merdad's tuned McLaren MP4-12C to be called MehRon GT
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    Normally our response to something called a Merdad Mehron GT would be "The what what?" Having seen it, however, our response is: "That's hot." The British tuning firm that normally occupies itself turning Porsche Cayennes into hot, swollen messes has looked homeward and out of nowhere done a bang-up job with the McLaren MP4-12C. As impressive as McLaren's ...

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    Video: Hamilton and Button take to the hill at Goodwood in the McLaren MP4-12C
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    We've been talking about and looking at the McLaren MP4-12C for so long that it's hard to believe the general population is only seeing it this week, but that's indeed the case. Ron Dennis' newest creation has finally showed its face, engine and prowess to the admiring eyes at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Not only that, it was driven up the hill by ...

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    REPORT: McLaren MP4-12C U.S. launch delayed, not coming to LA Auto Show *UPDATE*
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    According to InsideLine, McLaren is having issues setting up distribution in the U.S., resulting in a delay of the MP4-12C's Stateside launch and its plans to show its newest supercar at the LA Auto Show this December. Late last month, McLaren appointed Anthony Joseph, former regional manager for Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati, to setup the automaker's ...

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