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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Coupe

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Review

(0 Stars)  As much a luxury car as it is a supercar.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
A year after relaunching its road-car business with the MP4-12C Coupe, McLaren has announced its second model, the MP4-12C Spider. The Spider’s power-retractable hard top can be raised or lowered in 17 seconds at speeds up to 19 mph. Also new this year: a power boost that increases the output of the turbocharged V-8 from 592 hp to 616 hp.
The British gentleman to Ferrari’s boisterous 458 Italia, the MP4-12C is a supercar with a measure of restraint. Its styling is far more understated than the Ferrari’s, but the McLaren houses technological innovations taken straight from Formula 1. Chief among them is its carbon-fiber construction. Its advanced suspension trades antiroll bars for a hydraulic system of interconnected dampers that almost completely eliminate unwanted body motions and at the same time allow this supercar to ride almost like a luxury car. Under heavy braking, an air brake deploys in the rear to help slow the vehicle. Rather than rely on displacement and revs, the 12C uses two turbochargers to boost power and keep fuel consumption in check. The 3.8-liter V-8 engine uses a flat-plane crank, like Ferrari’s V-8s, so the sound coming from the high-mounted rear exhausts is pure supercar, and a guttural intake honk dominates in the cabin. By the time the tach needle hits its 8500-rpm redline, the turbos are well out of lung capacity, but the MP4-12C sprints to 62 mph in as little as 3.1 seconds, and top speed is 207 mph. The interior is superbly finished and fabulously refined. This is a supercar that you could easily spend days in—whether beating on Ferraris at the track or running to the supermarket for that special bottle of olive oil.

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2013 MP4-12C Base Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.8L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 15 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 342 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
19.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 616 hp @ 7,500 rpm; 442 ft lb of torque @ 3,000 rpm

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'13 McLaren Coupe Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Auto On Headlights
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry
Power Trunk/Liftgate
Power Windows
Trip Computer
Rear Spoiler
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
Brake Assist
Daytime Running Lights
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Headlight Wiper/Washers
Heated Outside Mirrors
HID Headlights
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Fog Lights
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Theft Deterrent System
Traction Control
Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
iPod Connector
Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
Alloy Wheels
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