British Supercar Fails To Sell, Becomes Cheaper – Would You Get It Over a C8 Corvette?

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What is the first model that comes to mind when you are thinking of McLaren? The iconic F1? The modern 720S? Its successor, the 750S? The controversial-looking yet impressive Senna? What about the MP4-12C?
The latter was made at the brand's factory in Woking from 2011 to 2014. The MP4-12C shared numerous components with its successor, the 650S, as well as the P1 hybrid hypercar. McLaren offered it in two body styles, Coupe and Convertible, both featuring a mid-engine and rear-wheel drive layout and V8 firepower with forced induction.

In plain McLaren fashion, the MP4-12C turned out to be quicker than advertised. The auto marque said the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint takes 3.1 seconds back in the day, yet several examples were clocked at 2.9 and even 2.8 seconds. The top speed was rated at 207 mph (351 kph) in the fixed-roof variant, whereas the convertible tapped out at 204 mph (329 kph).

A 3.8-liter engine supplied power. According to the Woking supercar maker, the twin-turbocharged V8 mill produced 616 horsepower (625 ps/460 kW). The output was available at 7,500 rpm, and from 3,000 to 7,000 rpm, the motor churned out 443 pound-foot (600 Nm) of torque. With seven forward gears, the dual-clutch transmission delivered everything to the rear axle.

2012 McLaren MP4\-12C
Photo: Garage Kept Motors
But what is all the fuss about the McLaren MP4-12C, given that it hasn't been in the making for one decade? Well, we stumbled upon a copy that we think deserves your attention. We first wrote about it a few days before New Year's Eve in 2023, and it was priced at $97,900 then. As it turns out, the vendor failed to find a new home for it, so it has slashed the price to $89,900, some $140k less than the original MSRP.

That is C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray territory, after factoring in the greedy dealer fees and the destination charge. The bowtie brand's model is less punchy and about as fast as this Macca MP4-12C, enjoying 495 hp (502 ps/369 kW) with the performance exhaust system or the Z51 Pack and taking 2.9 seconds to reach 60 mph (97 kph), en route to a 194 mph (312 kph) top speed.

Finished in silver on top of a red interior, the British supercar in question has around 40,000 miles (~64,000 km) under its belt, an "impeccable" history with a clean Carfax title, and it is ready to hit the road again in the possession of its future owner. You can find the listing and many more images than the ones we shared in the gallery above here. Before clicking the link, tell us if you would rather have this MP4-12C instead of a brand-new Corvette Stingray, and if so, then why?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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