McLaren 12C production ceases, will be replaced by new 650S
In a move that surprised few, McLaren Automotive has announced that after three successful years, production of its McLaren 12C Coupe and Spider is ending. The lightweight supercar has been eclipsed by the recent introduction of the new 2015 McLaren 650S, which company CEO Mike Flewitt notes has already banked six months of sales orders since being unveiled last month at the Geneva Auto Show.
Offered in a variety of special road-going editions as well as a race-spec GT3 variant, the 12C was McLaren's first street car since the original McLaren F1 model that was produced from 1992-1998. That competition-inspired 3-seater introduced a carbon fiber monocoque and composite body panels, design features also used in the 12C as well as McLaren's current P1 Ultracar and new 650S.
To soften the blow, the automaker also announced that owners of the roughly 3,500 McLaren 12C models will be offered a free Technology Upgrade for their cars that includes various advances that resulted from development of the P1 and 650S. Key tweaks include revised Active Aero software for the rear airbrake that now includes a Drag Reduction System and enhanced functionality of the car's Android-based infotainment system as well as external window control capability for later models. McLaren also will offer 12C owners special pricing on two new options that were introduced on the 650S - a backup camera and SiriusXM Satellite radio.
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