new McLaren MP4-12C supercar, unveiled internationally in late 2009, is ready to sell its Australian debut. And with almost 450kW on tap and a circa-$ 500k price tag, it is ready to compete with 416kW $ 526,000 Ferrari 458 Italia.
Exact pricing has not been confirmed, but that has not stopped avid 25 Australians the establishment of an advance on the first of McLaren’s new line of supercars.
Some will have to wait, however: Australia allocation is limited to about 15 cars for the first year of production, with another 40 detained for delivery in 2012.
The MP4-12C is powered by a new, McLaren and Ricardo designed built twin-turbocharged V8 engine, developing 441kW at 7000rpm and 600Nm of torque at 3000rpm. McLaren promise that nearly 80 percent of that torque on hand from under 2000 rpm.
The 0-100km / h sprint is covered with “something more than” three seconds. Estimates vary, and the official figures are not available, but at least, in the MP4-12C in the company’s legendary McLaren F1, Ferrari Enzo car hero and a brand new Lamborghini Aventador.
Top speed is listed as 322 kmh, with 200 km / h mark in which a claimed 8.9 seconds.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. McLaren calls this “Seamless Shift”, a system that a number of driving modes, including Auto, Sport and Winter offers. There is also a Launch Control setting.
Paddle system inspired by those found in the McLaren F1 cars can be found behind the wheel. Paddles can be pulled or pushed to perform a gear change, with the left paddle downshifts and the right shift upward.
A carbon monocoque shell – or a ‘Carbon Mono Cell’ as McLaren calls it – is the basis of the body 12C, designed specifically for optimum strength, rigidity and light weight. Weight distribution is 43/57 front / rear.
The MP4-12C development of the program have given the weight of the chassis mono cell dropped to below 80kg, and in its standard form, the total weight is 1300kg finished bang-on.
Composite forged aluminum and cast iron brakes (which in this case weighs less than carbon ceramic discs, according to McLaren), alloy wheels and a minimum pipe further contributes to the MP4-12C’s diet.
A unique system called Brake Steer the inside rear wheel stops spinning in corners, understeer act to cut.
The MP4-12C the suspension is designed to keep body roll to an absolute minimum, using hydraulic dampers connected – rather than anti-roll bars – the amount of body roll may vary.