How to describe this MP4-12C? Any person who first saw it will feel very comfortable, elegant stretch body curve is in full compliance with nowaday people’s aesthetics. Shape is almost perfect, but, if we compare it with competitors, after some comparison you will find that it is not like other sports, 12C is very low key, which ishope.
MP4-12C has many fresh features. The chassis is now made using a Carbon MonoCell called 12C MonoCell. The structure is more slender than former models, which in turn allows the car to be maneuvered and positioned easier on the road. It uses a 3.8 litre M838T engine. This engine produces a horsepower of about 600 because of its V8 twin turbochargers. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 200 mph.
The new gearbox is a particularly interesting highlight. Known as SSG (Seamless Shift Gearbox), the unit features an industry-first dubbed Pre-Cog (short for pre-cognition). The system enables the driver to half-press one of the shift paddles in order to preselect the next gear ahead of a downshift or upshift. This dramatically shortens shift time, the automaker promises.
The MP4-12C’s main structure is composed of carbon fiber, resulting in an extraordinarily low curb weight of 3,000 pounds. Amazingly, the floor structure of the passenger compartment — an integral part of the chassis — is crafted as a single unit and weighs just 176 pounds. The body panels are also light, made of aluminum and SMC plastic.
The cabin feels snug, a little like a tailored suit, but McLaren’s designers have tried hard to keep things simple and conservative.Still, there is a surprising amount of space for small objects (there’s a big tray behind the seats and a Volvo-like space behind the centre console).
Surprisingly for a car whose creators talk a lot about racing connections, there are no wheel-mounted switches – they’re all grouped on stalks, or logically on the centre console – and the instrument pod consists of a solitary round tacho dial with a digital readout for speed and wings on either side that provide lesser information.
Serious drivers will like it. The seats are firm and comfortable, and the dihedral doors slope up and away from the kerb as they open.
McLaren MP4-12C is scheduled to be in volume production in 2010. The estimated price of about $220,000-$250,000 (est) , you can now book.