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by David Zalstein

The McLaren 50 MP4-12C special edition has been released to help the British brand mark its 50th anniversary.

Adding further exclusivity to the 460kW/600Nm McLaren MP4-12C supercar, the McLaren 50 anniversary edition will be limited to 100 cars globally, split evenly between the $398,000 MP4-12C hardtop and its $441,780 drop-top Spider twin.

The commemorative models feature unique styling and specification enhancements, including a redesigned front bumper, carbonfibre accents and a front floor made of carbon Kevlar composite.

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Bespoke McLaren 50 ultra-lightweight wheels, measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear and finished in Satin Black, offer a 2kg weight saving over the optional super-lightweight wheels, and sit on top of 394mm front/380mm rear carbon ceramic brakes discs.

McLaren 50-stamped carbonfibre turning vanes and a black McLaren F1-inspired ‘heritage badge’, previously only available to clients of McLaren’s Special Operations division, complete the exterior tweaks.

Inside, the McLaren 50 12C models receive full leather upholstery, an anniversary dedication plate on the driver’s door and branded carbonfibre sill panels and floor mats.

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Available in Carbon Black, Supernova Silver or classic McLaren Orange, each McLaren 50 model MP4-12C will be presented to owners with a monogrammed black and silver car cover, limited edition key, carbonfibre presentation key box and a specially commissioned print signed by McLaren Automotive’s design director Frank Stephenson.

The McLaren 50 12C and McLaren 50 12C Spider are priced at £196,000 ($306,000) and £215,500 ($336,000) respectively, in their home UK market.

Earlier in the year McLaren released the first of three specially commissioned short films explaining the story behind the brand, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

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