McLaren has unveiled the first road car to be produced by its new supercar division, McLaren Automotive.
Rather than the somewhat confusing name of McLaren's first road-going supercar, the "F1" of the 1990s, the new model follows the company's race chassis nomenclature, going under the moniker of MP4-12C. Developed entirely in-house, the MP4-12C is built around an extremely light and rigid carbon fiber tub that is made from a single piece. The body panels are fashioned from carbon fiber and composite. Behind the tub sits a twin-turbo 90-degree, 3.8-liter V8 engine producing “around 600 horsepower and 433 lb-ft of torque,” says McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff.
Rather than a Mercedes-sourced engine, as rumored, the engine is a British-built design that features a dry sump and a flat-plane crank, which lowers the center of gravity and allow a higher rev limit of 8,500rpm. The V8 drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox dubbed a “Seemless Shift" that will offer a variety of shift modes. No traditional manual will be available).
McLaren plans to limit production to 1,000 cars per year. The price is expected to be around $250,000.