Only last night McLaren released high resolution shots of their new MP4-12C supercar. This newest one was designed with a very light carbon fiber tub that uses one piece that weighs only 176 pounds. This is different from most automakers who use multiple pieces. Carbon fiber and composites are also used to build the body panels – which is what makes it more expensive then other models in its class.
The price take has been set for $265k! This is more than the all new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and the Ferrari 458 Italia – but then again it is lighter then the both of them. Underneath the hood is a 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 that is able to push out 600 horsepower and 433 pound-ft of torque. It also has the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in the low threes and has a top speed of more then 200 mph.
Most would assume that it was built with the usual carbon ceramic brakes – but they have decided to use their standard discs – which are said to weigh less. These are connected and work together with the Brake Steer system that helps to brake the inside rear wheel and to fight off combat under steer from occurring. It is also equipped with a seven speed dual clutch transmission.
McLaren has plans to produce 1,000 units of this supercar in 2011. A portion of these will be in the US and the remaining will go to the UK. To go along with the coupe we have heard that there will be a roadster version.
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