McLaren recently revealed details regarding the new McLaren MP4-12C 2013, and although at first glance the 2013 model isn't too different from the previous model, take a closer look and you're in for a surprise. More power, better driving experience and updated features are the key words characterizing the 2013 MP4-12C, and that's not all. With the arrival of the new model, those who already own a McLaren MP4-12C are in for a treat as well.
First let's take a closer look at some of the changes brought by the new model. In terms of performances McLaren engineers were able to tweak the engine and drivetrain in order to obtain 25 more horsepower compared to the previous 12C, for a total of 616 HP. The tuned-up V8 3.8 liter twin-turbo unit delivers 443 lb-ft of torque and when mated with the 7-speed SSG transmission which sends the raw power to the rear wheels, it can deliver a top speed of 207 mph (a 2 mph increase) and is be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 8.8 seconds (0.1 seconds faster) and from 0 to 186 mph in 26.5 seconds (1 second faster).
Since the exterior of the 2013 model is not changed in any way except for the new badge, it's only normal to ask ourselves whether or not it offers more than the 25 horsepower increase, and the answer is yes.
The new MP4-12C offers an updated Intake Sound Generator system which will now give the option of choosing between three levels of engine noise whilst in the cockpit. Furthermore, after the carmaker received feedback from those who already own the MP4-12C, the 2013 model will feature a new door entry system which will offer a small button on each door instead of a touch sensor system. Also, the "auto-headlights" setting will now automatically switch the headlights on when rain is detected by the rain sensors.
The Climate Control System has also been modified and will now offer an "Auto LO" function which aims to deliver the desired cabin temperature whilst using lower fan speeds in order to reduce noise.
The optional heated and electric seats will also be accompanied by a new function this year, the "One Touch Seat Return" which will be available alongside the already existing Easy-Exist feature.
Furthermore, "Vehicle Lift" is another addition expected from this year's model, a most welcomed feature which allows the driver to raise the front of the 12C by up to 40 mm and the rear by 25 mm. This will make city-driving a much more enjoyable and care-free experience.
In terms of customization, the new model introduces a brand new paint option dubbedVolcano Yellow, alongside a new 5-spoke wheel design and multiple wheel finishes. On the interior, three additional trims have been introduced including Full Semi-Aniline Leather, Semi-Aniline Leather with Color Perforated inserts, and Semi-Aniline Leather with Alcantara inserts.
Last but not least, one of the best parts about the new model is that those who already own a 12C will be able to upgrade their supercar at no cost. They will benefit from the 25 HP increase in power, the revised 7-speed SSG transmission, the programmable Intake Sound Generator, improved headlights and Seat Return system if specified.
Overall, although it's hard to imagine how one could improve the McLaren MP4-12C, the 2013 model manages to do so. As for its pricing, the new model is to hit the US market at $241,800 including the destination charge, making it roughly $2,000 less expensive than the 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.