In 2011 McLaren launched their first full production road car, the MP4-12C. With their first limited run McLaren F1 being such a legend of the automotive world, the pressure was on for this mid-engined V8 supercar to deliver. This machine would also have to compete with the spectacular Ferrari 458 Italia brining the McLaren VS Ferrari rivalry to the road. Later renamed the 12C, in order to sound less like a model of typewriter, the car saw huge success. However, it is now the end of the road for the British car. McLaren 12C discontinued.
Packing 616BHP from its twin-turbocharged V8 engine the McLaren 12C has succeeded in putting McLaren Automotive on the map, yet its demise was somewhat foreseeable. After the launch of the more powerful, driver focused 650S, McLaren paused production of the 12C whilst they attempted to facilitate the demand for the new car. Orders have continued to flood in and McLaren have decided to discontinue the 12C and completely replace it with the 650S coupe and spider. Whilst the 650S is based upon the 12C, it is a notably different car and marks the end of the Woking based firms baptism into this highly competitive market.
With 3,500 12C’s sold, it goes down in McLaren history as a complete success. Now it is up to the 641BHP 650S to continue the fight with Ferrari.