McLaren Mclaren MP4 – 12C

There could hardly be a more difficult mission for a new supercar company than setting out to beat Ferrari at its game, but that’s the task McLaren has set itself with the McLaren 12C, a natural competitor in terms of performance, price and mechanical layout to Ferrari’s universally admired 458 Italia.

Day Hire

£POA
  • 24 Hours Midweek
  • 100 Miles
  • £3/excess mile
  • £5000 security deposit
  • 28-70 Driver Age

Weekend Hire

£POA
  • Friday to Monday
  • 300 Miles
  • £3/excess mile
  • £5000 security deposit
  • 28-70 Driver Age

Week Hire

£POA
  • 7 Days
  • 700 Miles
  • £3/excess mile
  • £5000 security deposit
  • 28-70 Driver Age

Specification

A two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, mid-engined small supercar with bat-wing doors and fairly conservative styling, the 12C offers something we’ve not seen in the market before: a subtle supercar. That’s not to say the little Mc is in any way soft, however: the 12C is powered by a 3.8-litre bi-turbo V8 that’s been recently enhanced with a power boost to 616bhp. This equals 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds and a higher top speed of 207mph. It sounds better too, courtesy of enhancements to the ‘Intake Sound G’.

Driving

The 12C uses a unique hydraulic anti-roll bar system which combats dive, roll and squat, plus upper and lower wishbones, to give a very mature ride quality. The steering is pin sharp; the way the car stabilises under braking (partially thanks to the airbrake), nothing short of miraculous. And even though you can surf around on the turbo-torque of the engine, when you really push the car to the red line of 8,000rpm, it is sensationally rapid.

On the inside

To get inside, you stroke the underside of the windowsill to activate a touch-sensitive pad; there are no door handles. Which seems a bit frivolous. But once you get inside, the thing that really impresses about the 12C is the fact the interior shies away from the bells’n’whistles approach of other supercars. It still manages to feel neatly special and exciting. There’s exceptional vision, great ergonomics – you really can get comfortable in here – and some interesting telematics from the portrait-style centre console info screen. It’s a car that could be very easily lived-with long-term.

Technical Specification

Engine 3.8 Litre Bi Turbo
Power 615bhp
Torque 443 lb-ft – 8,500 rpm
Transmission 7 speed automated manual transmission
Acceleration 0 -100 kph in 3.1 sec
Max Speed 207 mph