The Speeding Jewel of McLaren

Chris Delamo

It will be gone before you know it—speeding like a flash under the sun, leaving no evidence of its existence except for the quickly diminishing roar of the engine as it speeds away. The McLaren MP4-12C 2013 model is a work of automotive brilliance, where the absolute finest in luxury interior design, high-tech exterior advances, and ultra-efficient engine engineering are brought together in stunning unity.

McLaren Automotive, the British-based manufacturer of this sports car, has been speeding past the limits of horsepower and luxury since 1989, and the McLaren MP4-12C is no exception to that history. The design is quite unique, with the engine mounted in the back of the vehicle’s structure, looking like the aluminum heart of a futuristic entity. Clean, fluid, smooth, and just loud enough to show off while not being obnoxious, the engine packs 616 horsepower and is classified as a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8. It is no surprise this aerodynamic comet can streak by at 62 mph in 3.1 seconds—3.1 seconds! The heart of this sports car is protected by a carbon fiber MonoCell with aluminum front and rear frames.

Within this framing, myriad ultra-luxury design and cutting edge technologies. Edgy leather seats reflect the exterior’s trimmings, yet are still comfortable. Even more incredible is the customizable climate-control system, headlights that turn on automatically when it rains, and the Intake Sound Generator (ISG) that allows the driver to determine how loud the sound of the engine is as heard from inside the car, allowing you to tweak the intensity of your driving experience.

McLaren Automotive has priced this speeding jewel at $241,800. Get ready for the ride of your life.

Year: 2013

 • Price: $241,800

 • Type: 2-seat coupe and convertible

 • Designed by: McLaren Automotive

 • Engine: 3.8-litre twin turbo V8

 • Top Speed: 207 mph

 • Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 3.1 sec

 • Horsepower: 616

 • Overall Height: 1199 (mm)

 • Overall Width: 1908 (mm)

 • Structure: Carbon fibre MonoCell w/aluminum front and rear frames

 • Suspension: ProActive Chassis Control

 • Front Wheel Size: 19” x 8.5” J

 • Rear Wheel Size: 20” x 11” J.

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