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.
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.