Chris Harris from EVO in the UK has just test-driven the new McLaren MP4-12C on a circuit and provided an in-depth interpretation of the car.
In the video review, Harris goes through the three different driver’s settings the MP4-12C offers, starting out with the comfort automatic mode – a mode that seems to surprise Harris, who says he’s never really felt anything like it – through to the track settings.
Overall, Harris says the car offers incredible power backed by plenty of stability and compliance. The only aspect of the car the review seems unsure of is the looks, which are left to the audience’s discretion. Take a look below.
Although there was plenty of hype around the MP4-12C prior to its unveiling, with speculators skeptical about its true performance potential, the McLaren MP4-12C is really starting to shape up to be one awesome car – a car well-worthy of carrying the prestigious McLaren nameplate.
The MP4-12C specifications include a small-capacity, high-revving 3.8-litre V8 amplified by twin-turbocharges. It outputs a class-leading 441kW of power and 600Nm of torque and will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.1 seconds and go on to a top speed of 330km/h.
As for the Australian market, just 15 McLaren MP4-12C are initially headed for our shores. Sadly, all of these have already been accounted for with deliveries scheduled to commence in November this year.
Another 30 to 40 cars are expected to arrive some time in 2012. McLaren’s Asia-Pacific marketing chief, Ian Gorsuch, said in a recent report,
“The allocation for this year, which is 15 cars, are all pre-sold.” As for orders and deliveries, Gorsuch added, “We’re already well into next year, with an allocation of 30-40 cars.”
Deposits for the ordered cars have been taken even though an official retail price is yet to be announced. Reports predict a price tag of over $500,000.
As far as Australian McLaren showrooms go, it has been announced one will be set up in Alexandria, Sydney, under Trivett Group. The showroom will open its online segment during May-June of 2012.