Volcano Red McLaren MP4-12C
A little while ago I had the chance to photograph the McLaren MP4-12C thanks to McLaren Sydney.
I was expecting to see a silver McLaren in the showroom but to my surprise it was a brand new Volcano Red MP4-12C, which in my opinion looks a LOT nicer than the standard silver. Though a bit tougher to photograph, I was pleased to see this car waiting for me under the spotlights. I didn’t realise those mentioned spotlights were going to be quite a pain editing the photos as all the highlighted white dots on the car didn’t look to exciting in the photos so there were a few extra hours editing the photos until I was happy with them.
Back to the Volcano Red paint, it absolutely looks stunning in red which seems to be mixed with golden glitter, that’ll be a great sight in sunlight!
I was amazed to see the car doesn’t actually have doorhandles, you simply slide your hand where a doorhandle should be and it magically opens. From there it’s an easy pull up to fully open the door. Closing the door seemed a bit more difficult to me as it wouldn’t fully lock in most of the times I tried though I did not want to use too much force.
Visually the car definitely looks the part probably best compared to the Ferrari 458 Italia which seems to be its closest competitor. The McLaren is a car which has been produced from scratch and they didn’t finish until they had the perfect machine.
There aren’t too many McLarens on the streets in Sydney yet so if you have spotted one, count yourself very lucky as you are more likely to run into a Ferrari or Lamborghini which shows the rarity of the car.
What makes the perfect driver’s car? It’s a question McLaren’s engineers asked themselves constantly when defining the 12C. As passionate driving enthusiasts themselves, they imagined the car they would want to own. A car with class-beating performance, of course. But one that feels comfortable and inspires confidence from the moment you sit in it. A car that is easy to drive in town, but rewards skill on the road or track. One that delivers exhilarating performance in the real world, not just in the hands of a professional driver on a circuit. One that offers a true, linear connection between every driver action and vehicle reaction. And add to that list the latest in-car entertainment, communication and navigation technology, presented in a way that is intuitive to use.
They pictured the first genuine, no-compromise, high-performance sports car. They began to call it the ‘and’ car. It would be lightweight and strong. Powerful and efficient. Comfortable and exhilarating. With a compact exterior and a spacious interior. In short, a car that would unite qualities once thought to be mutually exclusive.
By designing the 12C around a carbon fibre chassis they created a strong, safe and lightweight structural core. They then designed an innovative suspension system that uniquely combines agile handling and remarkable road-holding with the ride comfort of a luxury sedan. A powerful, tractable and refined engine, mated to a double-clutch Seamless Shift Gearbox gives the 12C a huge breadth of ability. And the sophisticated electronic control systems governing the suspension, transmission, brakes and even the aerodynamics, deliver maximum control, minimal intervention and total exhilaration.
So whether your journey takes you to work, to the racetrack or from London to Monte Carlo, we’re confident there’s no other car you’d rather be driving.
|POWER||600 PS (441kW) @ 7000rpm||592 bhp @ 7000rpm|
|TORQUE||600 Nm @ 3000-7000rpm||443 lb-ft @ 3000-7000rpm|
|DIN WEIGHT||1434 kg||3161 lbs|
|DRY WEIGHT||1336 kg||2945 lbs|
|DRY WEIGHT (with lightweight options)||1301 kg||2868 lbs|
|CO2||279 g/km||279 g/km|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION||11.7 L/100 km||24.2 mpg (UK)|
|POWER TO WEIGHT||461 PS/tonne||455 bhp/tonne|
|CO2 / POWER||0.47 g/km PS||0.47 g/km per bhp|
|SPEED + ACCELERATION|
|0-100 KPH (62MPH)||3.3 s / 3.1 s*||3.3 s / 3.1 s*|
|0-200 KPH (124MPH)||9.1 s / 8.9 s*||9.1 s / 8.9 s*|
|0-400 M||10.9 S @ 216 kph||10.9 @ 134mph|
|0-1000 M||19.6 s @ 272kph|
|200-0 KPH 124-0 MPH||123 m||403 ft|
|100-0 KPH 62-0 MPH||30.5 m||100 ft|
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