DAY ONE - UNDER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL INTO FRANCE
McLaren has confirmed the rumored improvements to its 2013 MP4-12C, which we can now refer to as the "616-horsepower British exotic." The revised model carries a $239,400 base price in the U.S., which does not include $2,400 in destination charges.
Our friends at Car and Driver recently spent some time poking and prodding around McLaren headquarters in Woking, England, and they have confirmed plans for a convertible MP4-12C. This isn't exactly earth-shattering news, having been rumored since 2009 and even spotted earlier this year, but it does suggest the program is on track for a public reveal this year. The MP4-12C Spyder is expected to be mechanically identical to its hard top cousin, which means buyers can look forward to finding twin-
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 freezing, but the proceedings forced us to switch quickly from crybaby into lemonade-from-lemons mode.
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.
An interview and walkaround with McLaren's Antony Sheriff
McLaren MP4-12C (above) and McLaren F1 (top) – Click above for high-res image gallery