McLaren MP4-12C: A superfast car that failed in styling as they say

It is about time for Ferrari to get worried with McLaren as the latter car manufacturer came up with their new model the McLaren MP4-12C. This new model can produce 592 hp from its twin turbo charged v8 engine. The number 12 in its name says a lot about the performance and C is the body style.

 
 
 

McLaren MP4-12C Exterior

Although the design of the MP4-12C shouldn’t play a huge part on the overall verdict, it can be said that the car failed miserably because of the styling. Although this is the case, they are successful in performance. The whole body is made from carbon fiber but aluminum is the material that holds the engine and suspension. Body panels are made from aluminum inorder  to reduce the cost of repair. In terms of engine, this car model is pretty special as the car maker created their own engine that generates about 592 hp and 442lb ft of torque.

McLaren MP4-12C side view

McLaren MP4-12C side view

McLaren MP4-12C rear view

McLaren MP4-12C rear view

McLaren MP4-12C top view

McLaren MP4-12C top view

McLaren MP4-12C front view

McLaren MP4-12C front view

McLaren MP4-12C wheels

McLaren MP4-12C wheels

McLaren MP4-12C Interior

For those owners of cars with same cockpit tubs, you will be familiar with getting in and out of McLaren no matter how different the construction material is. This car has doors which is very awkward to open since it is with electric release. This two-seater cabin feels like business compared to its other rivals. Your driving position is erect but comfortable. The steering wheel is quite small and thin just like other racing cars from McLaren. The materials and other knobs have great quality. They look like plastic but they are metal. The design on the interior is highly subjective but the quality of the cabin is unmatched.

McLaren MP4-12C interior

McLaren MP4-12C interior

McLaren MP4-12C dashboard

McLaren MP4-12C dashboard

McLaren MP4-12C Performance

This is a part where everything is measurable. The fact is that this car can go up to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. There is a lag on the circuit but it is hard to detect unless you push the car more on the road. This is no doubt a really fast car. The turbo charged engine offer strong performance even on low revs. It has seven shift transmission that changes smooth and the downshifts are so responsive.  The suspension of the MP4-12C is remarkable as it can absorb bumps whether you are in highway or small streets. If you are running in a great speed, the cabin is pretty much quiet. All in all, the driving experience is impressive. To any driver, this car is communicative and can be adjusted without problem. Compared to 458 Italia, this model is much cheaper but offers the same performance. For this car to surpass the Ferrari model, it will not take a great deal of effort on their part. Overall it is a great car that has redefined boundaries and has changed expectations.

McLaren MP4-12C engine

McLaren MP4-12C engine

 

Performance
Dimensions
Engine: M838T 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 engine Length: 4,507 mm (177.4 in)
Displacement: 3799 cc Width: 1,909 mm (75.2 in)
Horsepower: 592 hp Height: 1,199 mm (47.2 in)
Max RPM: 8,500 rpm Maximum Seating: 2
Torque: 443 lb·ft (601 N·m) Wheelbase: 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch Luggage Capacity: NA
0-60 mph: 3,3 seconds
Top Speed: 333 km/h (207 mph)

 

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