2013 McLaren MP4-12C OVERVIEW
McLaren has a long history of giving fits to F1 rivals like Ferrari and Lamborghini, and earning a loyal following with its driver-first mentality.
Though priced like a supercar – at well over $200,000 – the MP4-12C is nevertheless considered a good value. And it gets even better for 2013. Most notably, buyers will find an extra 25 horsepower under the hood, new interior color schemes, and an Intake Sound Generator that pipes glorious noises into the cabin.
Every outrageous MP4-12C features a 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 that churns out an eye-watering 618 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque between 3,000 and 7,000 rpm. The engine sends all of to the rear wheels through a seven-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox. This driveline nets the MP4-12C a 0-to-62 mph time of 3.1 seconds, a 0-to-124 mph sprint of 8.8 seconds, a quarter-mile run of 10.8 seconds at 136 mph, and a top speed of 207 mph.
The McLaren is a true racecar sheathed in a production car's body, but drivers might still have a few small quibbles. A common observation is that the MP4-12C is too advanced for its own good -- stability and traction controls tend to override track-thrashing maneuvers, for instance. Additionally, the option of a manual transmission would be nice.