McLaren MP4-12C
aka P11 (internal codename)
Production 2011-2014
Class Sports car, Supercar
Body Style 2-door, 2-seat mid-engined Coupé
Length 4,507 mm (177.4 in)
Width 1,909 mm (75.2 in)
Height 1,199 mm (47.2 in)
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Weight 2866 lb (1300 kg)
Transmission 7-speed McLaren Seamless Shift dual clutch (SSG), RWD
Engine 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged M838T V8
Power 592 hp @ 7000 rpm
433 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
Similar McLaren F1
Ferrari 458 Italia
Audi R8
Lamborghini Gallardo
Designer Frank Stephenson

The McLaren MP4-12C is a supercar/sports car produced by English manufacturer McLaren Automotive as the successor to the mythical McLaren F1 (though not in price and outright top speed). It is also the first car completely designed, made and sold by the company. It was replaced by the 650S for the 2015 model year.

See Autopedia's comprehensive McLaren MP4-12C Review.

Recent ChangesEdit


Styles and Major OptionsEdit


There are 4 pre-configured options for the MP4-12C available at the McLaren website. Each one of them has been suggested by someone closely related to McLaren. If the user wants something more personal, he can ignore them and make his own 12C within the website using the configurator.

  • Frank Stephenson (Lead Designer): Designed for everyday driving yet sporty performance, it comes with an upgraded diffuser, door mirrors and engine bay made of carbon fibre; Full "Carbon Black" leather interior with "Orange Space" fabric. The seats back and steering wheel are also upgraded to carbon fibre. For more comforting driving, it comes with Satellite Navigation, Surround Meridian audio and parking assistance.
  • Ron Dennis (McLaren Chairman): Designed to stand out with details, it comes with Titanium Silver exclusive McLaren paint, carbon fibre body upgrades, 10-spoke superlight forged wheels and silver brake calipers. The interior is "Carbon Black" leather with the McLaren logo stitched on the headrest and a conmemorative plate in the central console, celebrating McLaren's championships. It comes with a touchscreen satellite navigation system and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Lewis Hamilton (McLaren F1 Driver): Designed for track performance with eye-catching exterior, its painted in Volcano Red, carbon fibre splitter, diffuser, mirrors and engine bay cover. For enhanced performance, it comes with Carbon-ceramic brakes, Lightweight forged wheels and uprated exhaust made of F1 composites. The interior is upholstered in Red Leather with Black Alcantara details. The seats are full electric carbon fibre with memory and easy access technology. It comes with McLaren's propietary software for saving the user times on the track and then upload them to compare with other 12C users.
  • Jenson Button (McLaren F1 Driver): Designed for looks and performance driving, its painted in Carbon Black Special Paint with the optional Stealth Pack. The diffuser, splitter, mirrors and turning vanes are made of naked carbon fibre for a sportier look. The brakes are Carbon-Ceramic with Red Calipers and Black forged lightweight wheels. The exhaust is also modified for saving weight purposes. The interior is Carbon Black leather, Alcantara details and Red stitching designed to match the brake calipers. The SatNav system is upgraded to include Wi-Fi, bluetooth, voice control and media capabilities mated to a surround audio system.


£168,500 (UK)
€200,000 (Germany)
€201,000 (France & Monaco)
€201,680 (Italy)
€203,360 (Belgium)

Gas MileageEdit

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As seen on the website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

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Engine and TransmissionEdit


The engine in the MP4/12C, dubbed M838T, is McLaren's first completely own engine (The F1 used BMW S70/2 engine). It is a 3.8 litre Twin-turbocharged V8 developing 600 BHP. It features many Racing features such as a Dry-Sump and a Flat-Plane crankshaft. This helps to lower the centre of gravity and have a high rev redline (8500 rpm). It is also very economical as it produces less C02 per bhp (Under 300g/km), than any other car available at this time. The gearbox is an automatic Twin-Clutch, seven speed gearbox dubbed SSG by McLaren.



The MP4-12C's suspension

  • 0-60 MPH: 3 seconds (Estimated).
  • 0-200 KPH: Under 10 seconds.
  • Top Speed: 215 MPH


McLaren claims that it should be easy to service and repair. They say "Ease of repairability, low-cost of servicing and maintenance, and availability of parts are of paramount importance to this customer relationship and have been key targets since the beginning of the 12C project."


ABS, Traction Control, Parking Sensors, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and McLaren Tracking System (Anti-theft system).

The spoiler pop up when the car did a hard brake for decreasing drag to the wind and improve the downforce for easier and safer cornering and braking.


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  • Normal
    • Blue
    • White
    • Silver
  • Elite
    • Pearl White
    • Supernova Silver
    • Ice Silver
    • Fire Black
    • Volcano Orange
    • Volcano Red
  • Special
    • Titanium Silver
    • Graphite Grey
    • Carbon Black
    • Sapphire Black
    • Azure Blue
    • Mercury Red
    • Racing Green
    • McLaren Orange

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Unique AttributesEdit

  • It features a technology that McLaren calls "Pre-Cog". This allows the user through half pulling the paddle shift to select next gear. This should allow faster gear changes.
  • It produces less C02 per bhp than any other car on the market today.
  • It features many technologies carried from F1. One example is "Brake steer". This means that during hard cornering, the interior rear wheel brakes itself to help reduce understeer.
  • It uses a all new chassis dubbed "Carbon Monocell". It is basically a Monocoque chassis but made entirely of carbon fibre from which all the body parts hang.
  • The 4 wheels are operating separately,creating a high quality road damping and performance handling.
  • It is McLaren Automotive's second production car after the McLaren F1.



The car, contrary to its predecessor, the McLaren F1, it has the normal 2 side-by-side seats. McLaren claims that people of most heights will be able to fit easily and thanks to the use of an automatic gearbox, there is no clutch pedal so that there is good legroom space. Even though is mid-engined, it has a decent boot behind the seats, probably enough for the weekly shopping. Unlike most cars that uses paddles behind the steering wheel, one to change up and one to change down, the MP4-12C has only one which hangs on the middle. So, if you pull the one to change up, the one to change down will move in the opposite direction.

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There is no option for a manual gearbox like on the McLaren F1. Please make sure to keep critiques in a third-person point of view. If using criticisms from a reputable automotive source, then please make sure to cite the quote.


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McLaren said their goal is to sell around 1000 in the first year of production. They main market will be the US and UK, each with 25% of the market. The rest of the market will be worldwide, mainly from Europe (Germany), and some other eastern countries.

Design quirks and odditiesEdit

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The MP4-12C won the Middle East "Car of the Year" Award as "Best Supercar" in 2012 and overall "Car of the Year" at the Middle East Motor Awards the same year.

See AlsoEdit


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720S · Senna · 570S ·


M6 GT · P1 . F1 · SLR McLaren · SLR McLaren Roadster · SLR Stirling Moss · 650S · 675LT

McLaren F1 Variants

F1 LM · F1 GTR · F1 GT


MP4-10 · MP4-23 · MP4-24 · MP4-25 · MP4-12C GT3 · 650S GT3

Bruce McLaren · Ron Dennis · Gordon Murray · Peter Stevens · McLaren Technology Centre

Ron Dennis Corporate website independent

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