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McLaren's primary mission was to build the world's best sports car. With that tunnel-vision focus, the automaker has delivered amazing performance in its lightweight two-seat coupe. Many applaud the MP4-12C as a true driver's car, thanks to its rear-wheel-drive powertrain and minimal electronic driving aids. And, thanks to its low displacement engine, its fuel economy isn't supercar dismal.
Despite its incredible performance, the MP4-12C has been criticized for lacking driving character and style — bad-boy mannerisms define this segment. Others point out that McLaren charges a hefty sum for its options, including choosing any paint color other than white, blue or silver.
The McLaren MP4-12C was unveiled three years ago, but it first arrived in showrooms as an all-new 2012 model.
The 2012 McLaren MP4-12C is offered in one two-passenger coupe body style.
Dropped low in the middle of the chassis is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 rated at 592 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. As is becoming more commonplace these days, McLaren no longer offers a traditional manual transmission; the standard gearbox is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. According to the automaker, its two-passenger sports car will rocket to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a terminal velocity of 205 mph.
Kudos to McLaren for thinking outside the box and developing a rather unique cockpit for its new exotic (the automaker has a history of going against the grain — recall the McLaren F1 had an odd three-passenger cabin). The cabin is lined in high-grade leather, carbon fiber and metal alloys with controls placed on both the center console and door panels to preserve the driver's operating environment. Standard touchscreen displays simplify the overall layout, and dual-zone climate control ensure both passengers are comfortable.
The options list includes carbon-ceramic brakes, a range of exterior and interior color choices, navigation, upgraded audio and a long list of performance enhancements. A Stealth pack coats the exhaust and rear wing uprights in a dark matte finish.
The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C coupe at 15 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.
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