McLaren F1 Heir MP4-12C Arrives at US Dealerships



“Mr Leno, your car is ready.”

If you were fortunate enough to be one of the lucky Americans waiting to take delivery of a MP4-12C, your wait is over. Deliveries of the 592 horsepower heir to the McLaren F1 throne are now underway to customers in the USA and Canada.

The reasonably priced super car has an MSRP of $229,000 is the States, or just over$386 per horsepower. The MP4-12C features a 3.8-liter V8 twin turbo engine, which produces 592hp and 600Nm torque and is mated to a 7-speed Seamless Shift transmission. It is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds (3.0 if fitted with the optional Pirelli PZero Corsa tires) on its way to a 205 mph top speed.

The 12C’s unique carbon fiber ‘MonoCell’ chassis weighs justover 165 lbs. and is a clear representation of McLaren’s motorsport DNA; McLaren introduced a carbon fiber monocoque to Formula 1 in 1981 and has produced every one of its road and race car chassis since using the same composite material. The innovative sports car, doesn’t ‘carryover’ components from any other vehicle, so don’t except to find any Fiat Panda parts here.

The arrival of the MP4-12C marks the launch of McLaren Automotive in North America, as the fabled McLaren F1 was never sold in the States. McLaren plans to launch a new model or variant in the North American market each year, expanding its lineup and reaching new enthusiast audiences.  The $229,000 base MSRP for the 12C  doesn’t include the additional $2,400 port and destination fee, but the nuisance fee hasn’t kept serious buyers like Jay Leno at bay.

McLaren Automotive is represented by 10 dealerships throughout North America. There are nine dealers located in the United States: McLaren Greenwich, McLaren Philadelphia, McLaren Tampa, The Collection McLaren (Miami), McLaren Dallas, McLaren Chicago, McLaren Newport Beach, McLaren San Francisco, and McLaren Beverly Hills. McLaren Toronto represents McLaren Automotive in Canada.


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