Hold on tight. After years of pulse-racing expectation, the new McLaren MP4-12C has entered production.
Hold on tight. After years of pulse-racing expectation, the new McLaren MP4-12C has entered production. This ferocious beast is the successor to the 1992 McLaren F1, which even today is the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever produced by mankind. This DNA has now passed to the next tyre-shredding generation, so let's see what this £168,500 predator has to offer.Power comes courtesy of a thrilling 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine. This produces 593bhp, 443lb ft of torque, and offers eighty per-cent of its turning power from 2,000rpm. Yes, just like a 1980s Ford Fiesta. Performance is inevitably 'attention grabbing', so this striking sports car is capable of over 200mph. It can also hit 124mph in 8.9 seconds, then stop from this speed in a further five. The only potential problem is that your lunch may not. The new McLaren MP4-12C's chassis is based on an F1-style carbon fibre tub. This only weighs 80kg, which is less than the wallet of most potential owners. In fact, the whole car is lighter than a supermodel, as it tips the scales at a noticeably slim 1,400kg. This lighter than air approach helps this rear-wheel-drive beauty handle properly, which is rather reassuring for those lucky enough to send power through the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Right, enough said. I want one. Does anybody have Ron Dennis' phone number?