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First Drive: 2012 McLaren MP4-12C

Could This Be The Best Performance Car In The World Today? Let's see now. You've got your Ferrari 458 Italia, your Porsche 911 GT2 RS and 911 Turbo S and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera 570-4. After all, if we're setting the scene properly on the most important supersports car inauguration in quite some time – the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C – we should, in this first privileged go, at least be keeping our minds on sub-12-cylinder mid- and rear-engine road beasts. For now, that is. So if anyone brings up the 2012 Nissan GT-R or Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, that'll be us snapping your... Read More

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    Video: This is how you use a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to set a lap record at New Zealand's newest track
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    New Zealand officially has a new international-standard road track. Highlands Motorsport Park is a 2.8-mile circuit with three complete tracks that can be safely operated at the same time. Designed to serve as a members-only facility, the boots on the ground say track is likely one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere. The organizers behind Highlands ...

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    Video: GRID 2 teaches us how to overtake at Brands Hatch
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    Motoring journalist Chris Harris may be less than understated in most of his video reporting, but if this new promotional video for Codemasters' upcoming racer Grid 2 is any indication, he can take direction. Intended to remind us of just how true-to-life the new racing title will be, Harris spends the video chasing McLaren test driver Matt Jackson in the ...

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    Video: EVO "2012 Car of the Year: The Track Battles" is a sports car salmagundi
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    EVO has come out with another gotta-watch-it video, throwing its 2012 Car of the Year contestants around the UK's 1.5-mile Blyton Park track. It's actually a 15-minute teaser for the full-length DVD detailing the magazine's Car of the Year selection, but the tease is worth every penny free second. Tiff Needell and sports car racer Richard Meaden handle ...

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    Official: McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am Edition is go for production
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    We first laid eyes on the McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am Edition at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance back in August. At the time, it was deemed a design study, but after a "remarkable" reaction from the concept's unveiling, McLaren has announced the GT3-inspired car will be sold in extremely limited numbers. The MP4-12C Can-Am Edition heads to production next ...

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    First Drive: 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider [w/video]
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    McLaren's Icon-Beater Loses Its Top, Gains More Thrills So far, so good for McLaren Automotive. Since the MP4-12C coupe started deliveries roughly 16 months ago, there are now 1,500-plus more great supercars traveling the roads of our planet. There have been potholes, particularly the hotly awaited initial UK comparison tests in 2011 that (frankly) both ...

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    Official: Neiman Marcus picks McLaren MP4-12C Spider for latest Christmas Book
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    Neiman Marcus has released its well-known Christmas Book for 2012, and wrapped up within is a holiday surprise we can cheer about. This holiday, 12 lucky (read: wealthy) gearheads will get a 2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren MP4-12C Spider, a seemingly sunnier pick than last year's Ferrari FF. Your favorite people in the world will be flabbergasted ...

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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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    Report: McLaren MP4-12C Fire Black SGP Edition for Singapore, priced over $1M
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    Despite the fact that the design study of its all-new P1 supercar is set to debut in Paris next week, McLaren is still keeping busy selling its existing MP4-12C model. We've heard news of other special edition Macs, after seeing the one-off X-1 Concept at Pebble Beach, and now it seems that a limited edition MP4-12C will be made available for the ...

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    Video: Motor Trend addresses reader feedback from Best Driver's Car roundup
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    We've already watched the 2012 Best Driver's Car competition from Motor Trend numerous times, and like us, apparently many M/T viewers had questions about the week-long, nine-car comparison. Not wanting to disappoint its audience, the crew got together to enjoy a few pints while reflecting on the experience and respond to viewer questions during an ...

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    Confirmed: McLaren MP4-12C 'Project Alpha' cars being built for Windy City rich
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    It has become clear that the McLaren MP4-12C is car that can match Ferrari and Aston Martin in terms of outright performance, and with vehicles like the X-1 Concept, we're starting to believe that the company can hang with the big boys in terms of special editions, too. Case in point is this six-example "Project Alpha" model that's headed to McLaren's ...

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    Video: Motor Trend returns with The World's Greatest Drag Race
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    Our old pal Jonny Lieberman gets to have all the fun. The former Autoblog editor now gets to play with multiple supercars at a time for his post at Motor Trend. As part of MT's Best Driver's Car award process, Lieberman and the rest of the magazine's team quarter-mile all of the year's contenders in what they call "The World's Greatest Drag Race." Based ...

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    Video: Motor Trend picks its top driver's car of 2012 [w/video]
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    Here's a test of nine cars (see above), only two of which make less than 500 horsepower. Three of these nine cars recorded 0-60 times of less than three seconds, and all the rest but one (the Subaru BRZ), did it in 4.2 or less. Those are impressive stats, to be sure, but huge horsepower figures and stupid-quick acceleration, while certainly amazing in its ...

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    Monterey: McLaren MP4-12C Spider touches down in North America
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    The McLaren MP4-12C Spider has officially landed in North America. On display in Monterey, the convertible version of the British supercar boasts a retractable hardtop that can slip from fully up to completely stowed in around 17 seconds. Even with its roof structure stowed, the MP4-12C Spider remains a formidable performance car. The sprint to 60 mph ...

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    Official: McLaren debuts 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept
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    You'd think the McLaren MP4-12C was campaigning in Formula One based on the constant pace of development the supercoupe has benefitted from over its first year. Heading into its second year, it is apparent that the development train won't stop, with the Can-Am Racing concept developed by McLaren GT making its debut during this weekend's Pebble Beach ...

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    Report: McLaren dismisses V12 engines as "a thing of the past" [w/poll]
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    The V12 engine is synonymous with supercars, from classics like the Lamborghini Miura and Countach to modern-day screamers like the Ferrari FF and Pagani Huayra. The McLaren F1 – a car universally considered one of the most lust-worthy machines of all time – made use of a 6.1-liter V12 provided by BMW that pushed out 618 naturally aspirated ...

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    Video: Watch nine McLaren MP4-12Cs get ready for Spa
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    This weekend there will be nine English visitors to the 24 Hours of Spa endurance race, all of them with the surname MP4-12C GT3. The nine cars are being fielded by six teams, one of which has already been victorious in GT races with its McLaren racer. Have a look at the video below to watch, and more importantly, listen to some highlights of the MP4-12C ...

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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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    Video: McLaren opens up a bit about new MP4-12C Spider
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    McLaren has given the world a better look at its MP4-12C Spider with a new video and a brace of photographs. The clip shows off some of the convertible's innards before dropping the retractable hardtop in real time. It takes just 17 seconds for the two-piece top to stow itself behind the seats with the car rolling contentedly down the track. As you might ...

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    Video: 1,000 miles in the McLaren MP4-12C: Day Three
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    Check out 1,000 miles in the McLaren MP4-12C: Day One and 1,000 miles in the McLaren MP4-12C: Day Two. DAY THREE – THE SNOW BEFORE THE SWEET REWARD So, yeah, on Day Two there were plenty of opportunities to try all chassis setups and I explored them all. So doing, I spotted those couple of things that could use work in the future. But I honestly ...

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    Video: 1,000 miles in the McLaren MP4-12C: Day Two
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    Check out 1,000 miles in the McLaren MP4-12C: Day One DAY TWO - THE FASTER CURVES OVER HILL AND VALLEY If the first day was a warm-up just to get us to the good stuff in central France, Day Two of my McLaren MP4-12C odyssey was one type of pure sports car touring pleasure. The sun was everywhere, the roads were pure entertainment, and the five test ...

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