McLaren MP4-12C Update


McLaren just announced a free – mic check, mic check… FREE! – upgrade package for the MP4-12C supercar.

Now, because it’s free you might think it’s full of rubbish. But no. it’s pretty bloody awesome. Headlining the changes is a 25PS power increase.  It takes the maximum output of the mid mounted, twin turbocharged V8 engine to 625PS (616hp) to give yet more vivid acceleration at track speeds with no loss in efficiency.  Modifications have been made by McLaren’s engineers to the 12C’s engine and SSG transmission increasing responsiveness.

Another major new goodie is the Innovative Intake Sound Generator (ISG) which now allows programmable aural drama inside the 12C cockpit. Other changes concern the car’s comfort and ease of use. The phrase perfect supercar was invented for this!

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Details in McLaren press release:

The following package of specification upgrades will be offered to every current 12C owner at zero cost to the customer:

  • M838T engine power increased to 625PS*
  • Revised calibration for 7-Speed SSG transmission
  • Programmable Intake Sound Generator
  • Headlights linked to rain sensor when in automatic mode
  • Easy-Exit electric seat function incorporating Seat Return (if specified)
  • New Meridian audio equaliser settings (if specified)

A groundbreaking sports car inspired by Formula 1
Performance and practical refinements will enhance the 12C’s innovative standard technical specification, in which Formula 1 DNA runs through every component.

With a one-piece moulded carbon fibre ‘MonoCell’ weighing just 75kg at its heart, the 12C features advanced vehicle dynamics technology including Brake Steer and Proactive Chassis Control.  Brake Steer is a technology McLaren introduced to Formula 1 in the 1997/98 MP4-12 race car and defines the 12C’s ability to set incredible lap times, by braking the inside rear wheel of the car through corners so that the 12C may retain the perfect ‘racing line’ on track.  ProActive Chassis Control is a suspension technology lauded by 12C owners due to its unique ability to provide executive car ride quality at any speed and on uneven road surfaces, yet its network of interconnected suspension hydraulics modify the amount of grip and roll control available when the driver adjusts the 12C’s ‘Handling’ settings through ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes.  The 12C is the only sports car among its competitor set that allows the driver to select ‘Powertrain’ and ‘Handling’ settings completely independently of each other, so that the driving experienced is optimised to their preference and environment.  With a combined fuel consumption figure of 24.2mpg achievable from the car’s lightweight 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine, the 12C offers owners the option to enjoy driving a high performance sports car over greater distances and in a multitude of environments more than ever before.

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2013 model year MP4-12Cperformance data highlights

2012 MP4-12C * (600 PS) 2013 MP4-12C *(625 PS)
0-62 mph (0-100 kph) 3.1 sec 3.1 sec
0-124 mph (0-200 kph) 8.9 sec 8.8 sec
0-186 mph (0-300 kph) 27.5 sec 26.5 sec
¼ mile (400m) 10.7 sec @ 135 mph (218 kph) 10.6 sec @ 136 mph (219 kph)
V Max 205 mph (330 kph) 207 mph (333 kph)

* Vehicle specified with optional Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres

2013 model year McLaren MP4-12C technical specification

Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engine, RWD
Engine configuration V8 twin turbo
Engine material Aluminium block and cylinder heads
Oiling Dry sump
Compression ratio 8.7:1
Valvetrain 32-valve, DOHC, dual VVT
Redline ( rpm) 8,500
Bore x Stroke (mm) 93 x 69.9
Engine displacement (cc) 3799
PS / rpm 625 / 7500
Torque Nm / rpm 600 / 3000-7000
PS per litre 164
Transmission 7 Speed SSG with Pre-Cog
Body structure Carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminum front and rear frames
Wheelbase (mm) 2670
Track, F/R (mm) 1656 / 1583
Length (mm) 4509
Width (mm) 1908
Height (mm) 1199
DIN weight (kg / lbs) 1434 / 3161
Dry weight (kg / lbs) 1336 / 2945
Dry weight with lightweight options (kg / lbs) 1301 / 2868
Weight distribution at DIN F / R % 42.5 /  57.5
Active aerodynamics McLaren Airbrake
Suspension ProActive Chassis Control
ProActive Chassis Control modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Powertrain modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Brakes Cast iron discs with forged aluminum hubs
(F 370mm / R 350 mm)
Wheel sizes (F / R) 19” x 8.5”J / 20” x 11” J
Tyres (F / R) Pirelli PZero 235/35 R19 / 305/30 R20
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