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2013 McLaren MP4-12C KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $241,800

Fair Purchase Price $241,800
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Matt Degen - Updated Date: 12/7/2012

After decades of proving its mettle on racetracks, McLaren recently began taking on cars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis in another, equally competitive setting: the showroom. Introduced in 2012, the MP4-12C establishes McLaren as a legitimate player in the elite world of track-ready supercars. A mid-mounted V8 engine that now makes well over 600 horsepower is at the heart of the McLaren's enviable performance figures, while a supple 2-seat interior and a surprisingly refined ride help make this quarter-million-dollar car more livable than others in its rarified air.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a supercar that can stand out even among, well, other supercars, the 2013 McLaren 12C is ready to do so with jaw-dropping looks and the performance to back up its racing pedigree. On the pragmatic side, it's relatively easy to drive, too.

You May Not Like This Car If...

With so few models on the road, McLaren does not have a dealer and service network as established as others. If you want a car that's about as fast but is easier to attain both monetarily and literally, Porsche, Audi and Jaguar dealers would be happy to scratch your supercar itch.

What's New for 2013

2013 marks the second year of production for the MP4-12C coupe and the first for the MP4-12C spider (convertible) variant, which has a retractable hard-top roof. It returns with a more powerful engine – now tuned to make 616 horsepower – revisions to its transmission responsiveness, and expanded paint, leather and wheel options.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Even with all its power and performance abilities, the MP4-12C can be a tame beast when you want it to be. It's a supercar that won't fuss about trips to the market. In "normal" mode, the chassis quells rough roads with ease. Switch to "sport" or "track" settings, though, and the McLaren becomes another car. Suddenly, its compliant ride and smooth shifts from the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are replaced by a ferocity that leaves no doubt about the racecars that inspired the 12C. Turbo lag from the compact V8 engine is nearly nonexistent. The McLaren 12C coupe has a 0-60 mph time of three seconds flat, with the Spider just a tick slower at 3.1 seconds. The MP4 corners with devastating precision and makes even novice drivers look good thanks to a system that applies brakes when needed to help keep you – and the car – in one piece.

Favorite Features

Many cars can go fast and many more can be comfortable cruisers. Few do both laudably. Thanks to the McLaren's sophisticated design and engineering, the 2012 MP4-12C has a Jekyll and Hyde personality that enables it to hit 205 mph on a track and still be livable in stop-and-go-traffic.

The new 12C Spider gives you the best of two worlds: The joy of open-air motoring in fair weather, and the security of a hard top when Mother Nature turns foul. The secret is a 2-piece retractable hardtop that raises or lowers in less than 17 seconds and at speeds up to 19 mph.

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