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2013 McLaren MP4-12C KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $239,382 - $244,218.

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MSRP $241,800

Fair Purchase Price $241,800
Fair Market Range ($239,382 - $244,218)

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Vehicle Details Interior

Getting into the McLaren isn't exactly an elegant affair. The upward-opening doors are a nice touch, but you still need to drape yourself across the wide doorsill before finally settling into the low seat. Once inside, though, the car is quite comfortable. The two seats are appropriately bolstered, and to McLaren's credit there is even cargo space on a bench behind the seats in addition to the cavity up front near the bumper (remember, this is a mid-engine car). Directly in front of the driver is the large oval instrumentation that will let you know when you're traveling at jail speeds. Spider models feature a rear glass panel that can be lowered to let in more engine noise.


The McLaren has more curves than a supermodel and skin as scintillating as one. Massive air intakes define the MP4's sides, while even the vertical-opening doors are a work of design magic. Up front, long and trapezoidal headlights are reminiscent of Ferraris, and the rear boasts high-mounted exhausts that howl from above, not below, the bumper. The McLaren's mid-mounted V8 heart, meanwhile, is displayed under a panel of glass for all to see. Spider models have a 2-piece retractable hardtop and dual-purpose tonneau that protects the retracted roof or, with the roof up, covers a small cargo space.

Notable Standard Equipment

The 2013 McLaren MP4-12C comes with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual capability, 19-inch wheels in front and 20-inch wheels at rear, bi-xenon headlights, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen monitor, dual-zone climate control and a Meridian 4-speaker sound system with AM/FM/USB/hard drive and iPod integration. The coupe and Spider also feature a unique Intake Sound Generator system that lets drivers vary the amount of engine noise entering the cabin.

Notable Optional Equipment

The McLaren can be taken to even higher heights with carbon-ceramic brakes (nearly $14,000 alone), power-adjustable seats, parking sensors, custom interior trims including Alcantara, an upgraded audio system with satellite navigation, and exterior bits that include carbon-fiber engine panels. An upgraded exhaust system that's lighter and louder than the standard one can be had for even more aural pleasure. A "Stealth Pack" doesn't make the car invisible, but rather finishes the rear airbrake and exhaust pipe in a polished metallic finish, with the aim of giving the 12C a more aggressive rear.

Under the Hood

The heart of every McLaren MP4-12C is a twin-turbo V8 engine that has now been tuned to make 616 horsepower, 24 more than the previous year (owners of 2012 models are offered a complimentary upgrade). All that power is transferred to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission that can shift automatically or manually via F1-style paddle shifters. In a car that weighs around 3,000 pounds, all this ferocity makes for a vehicle that can hit a top speed of 207 mph and blast to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds.

3.8-liter twin-turbo V8
616 horsepower @ 7,500 rpm
443 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000-7,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg

Pricing Notes

At over $240,000, the McLaren 12C coupe isn't exactly a good choice for folks who enjoy practicing self-denial, or for those who might be interested in using that kind of cash to buy something more pragmatic. Like a house. The topless 12C Spider variant adds even more to the bottom line, with a starting price around $268,000. Options on this car can quickly add up to tens of thousands more, easily pushing this car beyond a quarter-million dollars. At these prices, the MP4-12C is comparable to a Ferrari 458 Italia, about $40,000-$50,000 more than a base Lamborghini Gallardo and Aston Martin DB9, and well over $100,000 more than the Audi R8's starting price. Be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for the 2013 McLaren 12C. Since the 2013 McLaren 12C continues to be made in limited in quantities, we expect its value to hold up well in the years ahead.


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