This McLaren keeps things clear in terms of vehicle configuration, so while it does have a fair level of options, these are arranged in the logical way we’d expect from a company that follows a motorsport recipe.
Thanks to the collection of technical solutions it feeds on, the MP4-12C proves superior to many contemporary supercars from this point of view. Alas, McLaren hasn’t used the same high-tech approach in terms of features, an area where the car plays within the limits of the segment.
Let’s take the exterior lighting setup, for example. The taillights use an intelligent all-LED setup, which, among others, incorporates a lamp that can serve both as a fog and as a reverse unit. However, up front we only get LED technology for the daytime running lights.
The 2013 model year has seen McLaren update the MP4-12C, with the company following customer feedback and introducing multiple features aimed at making the car more pleasant to use, along with a power increase.
The standard setup allows you to choose between three colors: white, silver and blue and these are mixed with a satin dark grey finish for the front splitter and rear diffuser.
Climbing aboard, we find manual seats with a part leather finish, as well as a manually-adjustable steering column and non-active cruise control. You also get dual-zone climate control, an electric park brake, as well as keyless entry and start.
In terms of infotainment, the McLaren MP4-12C offers a 7-inch touch screen display that features a portrait setup. This can be used to control the audio system, a four-speaker Meridian development.
Once you’ll start adding optional extras, you’ll be able to choose from a much wider range of exterior shades, split between the Special and the Elite categories. The brake calipers can also receive special attention and you’ll be able to choose between multiple wheel designs and finishes.
The splitter and diffuser can be finished to match the body or to create a contrast. There’s also a comprehensive carbon fiber treatment, which can include separate parts, such as the two aforementioned ones, mirror casings, side air intakes, engine cover and engine compartment.
The tech improvements include an Inconel sports exhaust system and, more importantly parking sensors and a lift system.
We have to explain that you can shave about 77 lbs (35 kg) of the McLaren MP4-12C if you opt for the lightweight pack. This includes the aforementioned carbon fiber splitter and diffuser, Inconel exhaust, Brembo ceramic brakes, Recaro carbon fiber seats, even lighter wheels and Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber.
There’s also a vehicle lift system. This raises the car by around 1.5 inches (40 mm) up front and about 1 inch (25 mm) at the rear, operating up to a speed of 37 mph (60 km/h). In addition to that, we have the tire pressuring monitoring system.
The optional features for the cabin allow you to choose between materials such as leather, “sport” leather and Alcantara - you can also select separate finishes for certain areas of the interior. If you choose the electric and heated seats, you’ll also be able to opt for a Semi-Aniline leather interior.
Carbon fiber is, of course, present and can be used on the dashboard and door entry sills. The most eccentric of you can also have the wonder material on the seat backs and wheel arches.
In the twenty-first century, a supercar buyer has to be able to do things like walking in the showroom and asking for a headliner that matches his t-shirt - to handle this, the British carmaker uses the McLaren Special Operations divisions.
These people take themselves very seriously and to showcase their capabilities they’ve built the X1, a one-off project based on the MP4-12C. The styling of the X1 may not please every beholder - we’re not to thrilled ourselves - but the project clearly shows a stunning level of attention to details and customization potential.Continue reading