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2010-07-12 11:04

McLaren’s MP4-12C charging up Lord March’s driveway at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex. Made quite an impact. Nearly 3 000 people are interested in buying one.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer MCLAREN
Model MP4-12C
Engine 3.8l V6 turbo
Power 447kW
Torque 600Nm
Transmission Seven-speed DCT
McLaren has had more than 2700 firm expressions of interests from people keen on its new MP-12C.

After its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month, McLaren’s MP4-12C has stimulated an avalanche of buyer interest.

The MP4-12C is the company’s first road car since its supercar defining F1 ceased production back in 1998.

McLaren has confirmed it has 2 700 firm expressions of interest in the MP4-12C.

The MP4-12C is currently in its final development stage, having logged in excess of 1m test kilometers on five continents, in conditions varying from extreme heat to debilitating cold.

Strong demand to yield good sales?

If McLaren manages to convert the 2 700 expressions of interest into actual sales, these alone would account for an entire two years of MP4-12C production – due to start in early 2011.

Ron Dennis has promised customers an unequalled driving experience without having to resort to traction secure all-wheel drive.

Developed by racing specialists Ricardo, the MP4’s 3.8l V8 bests both AMG’s SLS 6.2l V8 and the Ferrari Italia’s 4.5l V8 in terms of power, and surprisingly, emissions too.

Peak power output is 448kW, with peak rotational force factoring in at 600Nm, easily besting Ferrari’s new 458’s numbers of 425kW and 540Nm.

MP4’s CO2 emission footprint will be sub-300g/km, making it more environmentally friendly (as if that matters) than either the Italia (307g/km) or SLS (314g/km).

Featuring a flat-plane crankshaft and dry sump lubrication, the V8 is able to attain engine speeds as high as 8 500r/min. Performance claims are stupefying – 0-200km/h in under 10 seconds, contrasted by 100km/h to standstill deceleration in only seven car lengths.

A seven-speed twin-clutch transmission (by Graziano) delivers drive to the rear wheels via a rocker switch paddle shift system.

The MP4 has been given a target price of less than £175 000. McLaren boss Ron Dennis is determined to deliver a product of unparalleled dynamic purity matched by impeccable build quality and faultless after sales service.

McLaren’s MP4-12C will retail globally via a network of dealers in only 35 markets. Johannesburg will host the sole South African outlet.

Woking is expect to follow up the MP4-12C with an all-new F1 in 2012 and a smaller, entry-level supercar. The company aims to transform its F1 success and heritage to a world class portfolio of performance road cars, as it hopes to siphon off some of Ferrari's market share.

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