2012 McLaren MP4-12C
One Owner, 1960 Miles, Full 10.2 Software Upgrade and All 2013 Upgrades, All Books and Records, Highly Optioned
Open the door on the MP4-12C and enter a sea of carbon fiber and high res displays. It is the artisan craftsmanship of the old school merged with cutting edge, aerospace-grade materials. The doors are opened not with a handle, which would add weight, but with a swipe of the fingers, the familiar gesture of unlocking an iPhone from its home screen. The cabin is simple, appointed with terrific smelling leather. Only a few necessary buttons, knobs and switches are present, avoiding the complexity of a purely touchscreen interface. It is surprisingly spacious, the driving position perfect and infinitely adjustable. Temperature-indicating micro LCD displays fit within in the carbon fiber door panels.
The cars we like smell of aged leather and gasoline. They have history, remind us of a simpler era, and leave small puddles of oil to let us know they are still alive. We often find it hard to be excited by new cars. Despite incredible advances in technology, we generally find them dynamically and aesthetically lacking when compared to the timeless designs we love. But a road car produced by McLaren International is quite different.
The McLaren F1 will go down as one of the all time automotive engineering achievements, and not just for its revolutionary technological advances. Its style and execution made it unlike anything the world had never seen, or probably will ever see again. It is now a serious blue-chip collectible with examples bringing upwards of $5 million.
One of the things we like most about this car is its livery of McLaren Orange. It is an eye-catching, dramatic and attractive homage to Bruce McLaren's legendary racing cars. This was a heavily optioned car with one of the highest sticker prices we've seen on any MP4, endowed with $70,000 worth of options, bringing the sticker price to $295,000. Out the door with the clear bra, tax and a set of winter tires it cost $320,000 new. It is a one owner car that has been driven just 1960 miles. It also just had the important 2013 software and power updates done. We know that modern cars have a dizzying array of acronyms to explain their complex electronic systems but the list here is just comical. According to the service report the car "received the full vehicle software update using MDS (SCUG, IC, BC, SBC, HVAC, DML, DMR, SCML, SCMR, HU, PCCU, ECM.)"
In real terms this means a horsepower upgrade to 616HP, improved transmission calibration, programmable intake sound generator, radio and antenna updates, Bluetooth connection with contact integration, new equalizer settings, satellite navigation and all other 10.2 software updates. This particular car has also been fitted with the full 3M Armor Guard Clear Bra. The car comes with all its original manuals, booklets and pamphlets, of which there are many. Another nice bonus is a full set of winter tires.
The most exciting thing about the car is, of course, the way it drives. Pushing the red starter button releases a few light hydraulic whines, followed by the clicking of electronic systems checking one another, and, eventually, a deep baritone growl from the exhaust. Light initial acceleration entails very little drama except for a some telltale signs of what is to come: turbo hiss and light chirp of wastegaste actuation. Plant your foot in one of the first few gears and be prepared for acceleration faster than anything this side of Veyron or Aventador.
Like many well engineered modern sports cars, this car has a dual personality. It can be a raucous and untamed animal when you want, or a refined GT car capable of traveling many miles in quiet comfort. Where this car has the edge over the Ferrari 458 is how it settles down. The ride is more composed, the seats more comfortable, the engine quieter. It really is a supercar you could drive every day and anywhere. After two hours in a 458 your back is sore and your ears are ringing. In this, you leave refreshed and awake.
The way the car goes through corners is perhaps its most impressive feat. The electro-hydraulic suspension keeps the car perfectly neutral and flat. The steering is light and communicative and the car feels ready to respond to any command. At 2800 pounds it is quite light and on cold or damp roads, it demands respect. The amazing part though is that it never feels out of control. Drive this back to back with a Ferrari 458 on a bumpy and hilly road and there is no comparison. The Ferrari feels jiggly and nervous, its chassis more easily upset. And we are dyed in the wool Ferrari fans.
The car is equipped with the following options:
Exterior Special Paint - Mclaren Orange: $2290
Carbon Ceramic Brakes: $14,280
Super Lightweight Wheels: $6570
Carbon Fiber Splitter : $2860
Carbon Fiber Diffuser: $4000
Carbon Fiber Engine Bay Panels: $2860
Sport Exhaust: $5430
Stealth Pack: $1030
Full Leather Interior With Orange Stitch: $2290
Carbon Fiber Interior Upgrade: $4000
Electric And Heated Memory Seats: $3430
Carbon Fiber Sill Panels: $2860
Carbon Fiber Wheel Arches: $2860
Premium Meridian Sound Package: $4975
3m Clear Bra: $2500
This MP4-12C offers tremendous value. It stickered at $295,000 earlier this year. All said and done it cost its original owner $320,000. The car can be bought now for significantly less, showing a few signs of use but its 2013 update having already been done.
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