Originally known as the MP4-12C, this supercar was the cornerstone for the modern and ambitious plans of McLaren. The 12C model represented the first big step for the British car maker in their complex, already successful renovation and re-entrance to the supercar market. Also, the 2014 represented its last year in production.
Nowadays, McLaren is killing it. But everything started with this jaw-dropping, aggressive supercar. The 2014 12C packs more power than expected and it is capable of delivering the ride of your life. The entire form was designed to be extremely aerodynamic and a real threat on the track.
Any racing enthusiast could have an amazing morning on Nurburgring with this British beast without envying no one else’s vehicle. McLaren does it well right here. What a great comeback, we dare to say. Production started back in 2011 and ended in 2014 by the need of investing more resources in the innovating and exciting 650S model.
Let’s see more details about the loved 2014 12C.
Powertrain and Specs
The 2014 12C packs a twin-turbocharged intercooled 32-valve DOHC 3.8 L V8 powerplant paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with manual shifting. This British supercar enjoys a total power output of 616 horsepower at 7500 RPM and a maximum torque of 443 lb-ft at 3000 RPM. In performance numbers, we get 2.9 seconds to reach 60 mph (100 km/h) from being totally standstill and a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).
In terms of fuel economy, the 2014 12C rated 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is quite decent for a fuel-devouring V8. The M838T engine onboard the spectacular 12C was able to push without a single problem the 3200 lb (1451 kg) of curb weight that this model has.
Another important feature is the carbon fiber composite chassis, called Carbon MonoCell. This cutting-edge Carbon MonoCell involved a highly advanced manufacturing process, pushing forward the entire industry’s standards. Weighing only 176 lb (80 kg), the chassis needed 4 hours to be completely built while the one used on F1 single-seaters takes around 3000 hours. McLaren feels quite proud of this achievement in terms of technology.
Without getting far, another exciting F1-related tech was onboard. The brake-steer is one of them, which improves handling on corners by braking the inside face of the rear wheels. While in ordinary circumstances, the 2014 12C was capable of braking from 60 mph (100 km/h) to zero in 98 ft (30 meters).
Amusing Design and Interior Features
When announced, everybody was thrilled with the 12C model. It was insanely hot and full of curves. Every line and edge were screaming sex. That’s right. McLaren went crazy on its comeback and everybody was pleased with it. The compact front fascia is unique, creating a hardcore, racing-like POV for the driver and passengers. The massive splitter is there for a reason beyond aesthetics. The huge, twin air intakes at each side became its signature while the rear fascia transformed in the new McLaren’s pattern-to-follow in recent models. The active rear wing for enhanced aerodynamics and supporting the braking was the icing on the cake.
In the other hand, the interior is quite basic for a supercar. Simplicity over opulence. We dare to say that it’s odd these lavish days. Overall, it provides comfort and a highly positive impression. For track days, the sports bucket seats do their job well.
The Bottom Line
At first, this model was named MP4-12C, but after 2012, the “MP4” was erased. This badge stands for “McLaren Project 4”, some weird internal nomenclature. All we know is that the 12C supercar was the right way to recover glory. This British maker had been doing things well since then.
Starting price at US$241.900.