Skip to main content

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

  • 0
    MISC 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
    Exclusive: Early thoughts from our McLaren P1 supercar walkaround [UPDATE]
    1348673580

    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 ...

  • 0
    MISC 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
    Rumormill: Porsche planning Panamera Shooting Brake, McLaren mulling one, too
    1342452600

    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 ...

  • 0
    MISC 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
    Geneva: Hamann memoR adds some aggression to McLaren's MP4-12C
    1331152740

    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 ...

  • 0
    MISC 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
    Geneva: Mansory McLaren MP4-12C is any which way but subtle
    1331073660

    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 ...

  • 0
    MISC 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
    Official: Mansory tunes McLaren MP4-12C for Geneva
    1330894860

    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 ...

  • 0
    MISC 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
    Merdad's tuned McLaren MP4-12C to be called MehRon GT
    1315517340

    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 ...

  • 0
    MISC 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
    Video: Hamilton and Button take to the hill at Goodwood in the McLaren MP4-12C
    1278606480

    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 ...

Autoblog iPhone App
Shop for a vehicle