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.
The McLaren MP4-12C is an all-new car, and the first proper, street-legal McLaren since the fabled, million-dollar-plus F1 of the 1990s (the more recent McLaren SLR was built in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz). The 2012 MP4 uses copious amounts of carbon fiber for its strength and weight-saving properties, and a compact V8 engine that makes almost as much power as the F1's big V12.
McLaren cut its teeth on the great racetracks of Europe so, in 2012, when it decided to produce a street-legal car worthy of wearing its name, the whole world knew it was going to be something special. The MP4-12C supercar for 2014 continues to astound its owners and confound long-time greats Ferrari, Bugatti and Lamborghini. The MP4-12C easily ranks among the top ten great exotic cars for 2014, delivering 616 horsepower from its mid-mounted V8 engine for blistering performance both on and off the track. And, British tastes being what they are, McLaren's MP4-12C is fitted with an elegant interior for two and a price tag befitting its lofty status.