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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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    Artist uses rust as brush to paint cars
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    There's a thin line between patina and outright decay, and artist Bo Lundvang seems to understand that threshold all too well. He's created unique pieces of art using massive 40-inch by 20-inch sheetmetal panels wrapped in white vinyl. The artist cuts out the profile of his desired image, removes the negative and allows the metal to endure the elements. ...

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    Spy Shots: McLaren MP4-12C Spyder caught on camera with its top down
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    If you're going to make a mid-engined supercar, you've got to make a roadster version. You simply have to, and that's all there is to it. Ferrari does with the 458 Spider, just as it did with the F430, 360, 355 and 348 before it. Lamborghini does with the Gallardo. Audi does with the R8. And soon McLaren will with the MP4-12C. We know it will – it's ...

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    Exclusive: Getting wet with the McLaren MP4-12C at The Stig's stomping grounds [w/video]
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    We can officially consider this drive of the McLaren MP4-12C our second go at it. In brief, Mother Nature conspired with UK tradition and made our second crack at this British super coupe pretty much a total wash. It didn't matter how many times the McLaren folks reminded us just how "perfect" and "dry" the previous two days had been; we were swimming and ...

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    Official: McLaren dubs next model MP4-27 at Production Centre opening [w/videos]
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    Turning a Formula One team into an automaker is no mean feat. Ferrari did it decades ago, and now McLaren is following suit. The first product of the newly formed McLaren Automotive – an offshoot of the F1 team – has already hit the market in the form of the MP4-12C, with several additional models planned over the coming years. But in order to ...

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    McLaren MP4-12C avoids gas-guzzler tax, U.S. deliveries commence in January
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    List price is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when considering the purchase of a new supercar. Never mind the premium you're likely to pay a speculator to avoid long waiting lists, or astronomic insurance rates, for that matter. If you actually plan on driving your six-figure exotic, you're going to be spending a whole lot on fuel, plus another ...

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    Report: McLaren MP4-12C avoids gas-guzzler tax, U.S. deliveries commence in January
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    List price is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when considering the purchase of a new supercar. Never mind the premium you're likely to pay a speculator to avoid long waiting lists, or astronomic insurance rates, for that matter. If you actually plan on driving your six-figure exotic, you're going to be spending a whole lot on fuel, plus another ...

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    Video: McLaren releases montage of MP4-12C lapping 'Ring in 7 min, 28 sec
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    It's finally happened. The good people at McLaren have taken their latest wonder child, the MP4-12C, out for a bit of abuse around the Nürburgring to see how the supercar would perform on one of the world's greatest road courses. With Horst von Saurma-Jeltsch, Editor In Chief of Sport Auto, behind the wheel, the Mclaren MP4-12C was able to clip ...

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    Report: McLaren slows MP4-12C production over quality woes
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    Autoweek reports that McLaren is slowing down production of the company's MP4-12C due to quality concerns. The automaker is currently working on fixes to small problems like condensation in the vehicle's headlights, door functionality and an electrical issue that causes the battery to go dead over time. McLaren is refuting reports that the quality issues ...

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    Video: McLaren MP4-12C deliveries on schedule; Jenson Button makes sure of it
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    The McLaren Automotive Company (MAC for short) is presently holding a string of dealership grand opening ceremonies on a city-by-city basis around Europe. We caught up with them in Milan, Italy, at opening ceremony number five of the planned thirty-five ceremonies worldwide. Located in the "expendable income" part of town, the dealership is more of a ...

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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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    Official: McLaren lets you have it your way with Special Operations division [w/video]
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    McLaren Special Operations may sound like a new unit of special forces in the British military, but is, in fact, actually the new client customization division of the supercar manufacturer behind the MP4-12C. We first got wind of the new service at Pebble Beach where it was presented, one year after the North American debut of the car itself, but now ...

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    McLaren Exclusive to offer customization for MP4-12C
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    McLaren has a lot of territory to cover if it's going to catch up with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. After all, a lot has changed since they stopped selling the their seminal F1 supercar – the business is different and so is the company. Fortunately, if anyone's up to the task, it's the boys from Woking. Not only does the new ...

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    Official: McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to debut in triplicate at Spa
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    The moment of truth is upon McLaren this weekend. After rolling out its MP4-12C road car to positive reviews, the racing team turned automaker is turning itself back into a racing team with the new McLaren GT division and its MP4-12C GT3 – the first GT racer from the Woking, UK outfit since the celebrated F1 GTR. After launching the new GT3, ...

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    Report: McLaren channels feedback into revised MP4-12C
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    A Formula One team runs very differently than a car manufacturer. When an F1 team finds that a new suspension component or aerodynamic winglet isn't performing exactly as expected – or as their star driver would like – they go straight back to the drawing board and come up with a solution, lickety-split. When an automaker gets feedback from ...

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    Video: Jay Leno talks about ordering his McLaren MP4-12C
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    Most of us will never know what it's like to order a supercar. Thankfully, we have collector extraordinaire Jay Leno to share the process. Leno is the proud owner of a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C, and he recently discussed how he went about buying his new toy. Leno says that normally, acquiring the latest exotic can be annoying. Sales associates want to tell ...

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    Video: McLaren MP4-12C celebrates second-quickest Power Lap time on Top Gear
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    Ford versus Chevrolet. Porsche 911 vs Nissan GT-R. Audi versus Peugeot. The car business is full of rivalries, but few are as competitive as Ferrari versus McLaren. The two outfits have been at each other's throats for decades around the grand prix circuit. But as tight as the competition is between the two in Formula One, and as many comparisons as ...

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    McLaren running revised MP4-12C GT3 up the hill at Goodwood
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    The Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off this weekend, and it promises to be a veritable smorgasbord of high-performance machinery. Not the least of them will be the new MP4-12C GT3, which McLaren has been fine-tuning since its debut barely two months ago. Following extensive ongoing development work, McLaren has given the 12C GT3 a new radiator and ...

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    Video: EVO drags the 911 Turbo S, McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari 458, Noble M600
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    Americans seem to be uniquely obsessed with drag racing in a straight line as a means of measuring automotive performance, but when British magazine EVO decided to line up the latest set of ultra-fast exotic machinery, not a single piece of American iron was present. Not that we have any complaints about EVO's chosen group of supercars. Representing ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear pits McLaren MP4-12c against Ferrari 458 Italia
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    Fifth Gear's Tiff Needell and Jason Plato (lucky bums!) had a go at both the McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 Italia, testing each car for thrills and for precision. While both may seem to be winners in the pantheon of automotive excellence, one one can come off victorious. Both drivers render the same verdict, and it's the kind of final assessment you ...

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    McLaren opens first of 35 dealers worldwide for sold-out MP4-12C
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    Know what you're looking at right now? An empty showroom. (Or rather, a preview rendering thereof.) McLaren London will open its doors at One Hyde Park as the first of 35 new dealers opening in 19 countries around the world. Thing is, they may not actually have any cars to sell. Reports quoting McLaren's regional director for Asia, the Middle East and ...

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