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McLaren MP4-12C gets more power

McLaren has updated its MP4-12C supercar, claiming to have boosted the power output with no loss in engine efficiency.

McLaren Automotive's engineers focused on drivetrain development to increase the 12C's 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 output from 600PS to 625PS. The redesigned engine mapping has not altered the fuel consumption of the M838T engine, however, which stands at 24.2 mpg. Likewise, CO2 emissions remain at 279 g/km.

Meanwhile, the 12C's Intake Sound Generator (ISG) system, which controls the amount of engine intake sound heard in the cabin, is now programmable across three levels in all three Powertrain modes.

Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: "Given our racing heritage, it is in our nature to continuously seek out improvements. The team at McLaren Automotive recognises that our existing and future customers deserve the very best product and service we can offer, and the launch of the enhanced 12C reaffirms its position as the most powerful luxury sports car among its competitor set.

"We designed and engineered the 12C from a clean sheet of paper, and I am delighted with the innovative technology package created for our first sports car. Our customers love driving a car with technologies and systems that have proved successful in Formula 1 and which create an incredible driving experience in a unique new high performance sports car. New and existing customers will now enjoy an even better experience thanks to the upgrades."

A new door entry system has also been added to 12C as part of the upgrade. A small button mounted on each door replaces the 12C's touch sensor system, following customer feedback.

A new paint finish dubbed "Volcano Yellow" joins the 'Elite' set of paint finishes available for the revised model, while a new 5-spoke lightweight-forged wheel may be specified for the 12C and is available in multiple finishes. Standard Silver, optional Stealth and eye-catching Diamond Cut finishes are available on this new wheel design, as well as forged wheel designs available to order from the existing range. The Diamond Cut wheel finish is first finished in Graphite Grey, then diamond cut to reveal the forged metal surface. The entire wheel is then finished in a protective coat, which adds a high quality gloss to the appearance.

The new 12C also gets a new interior trim, which is said by McLaren to be a higher quality and more naturally textured leather than that in the current 12C options list. If selected, exclusive semi-aniline leather is applied to all major interior surfaces including doors, seats, dash and the centre console. The new interior option includes flat piping around the perimeter of the seat and along the edge of the door card insert. The piping finish will be in Carbon Black unless requested in McLaren Orange, Harissa Red or Stone Grey.

The new McLaren MP4-12C will receive "Vehicle Lift" technology, which allows the supercar to be raised by up to 40mm at the front and 25mm at the rear to improve ground clearance, and can remain elevated at speeds up to 37mph.

This updated version of the 12C is available to order now, with prices starting from £176,000 in the UK. Existing customers are also being offered a package of upgrades, including the power boost, at no extra cost.

Posted on 08.06.2012
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