About two weeks ago, McLaren had temporarily halted the production of MP4-12C supercar to focus on the new 650S. The manufacturer had previously maintained that both the cars will be manufactured side-by-side. But now, overwhelmed by the response to the new supercar, McLaren has decided to permanently stop building the three-year old MP4-12C.
Mike Flewitt, McLaren CEO, announced in a letter posted on the McLaren Life forum, "Meanwhile, the final piece of news I wanted to share with you is regarding 12C production which we have decided to cease in light of the success of 650S. The new car has been so well received since its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show we will focus all our capacity at the McLaren Production Centre on 650S."
Unveiled recently at the Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 650S has already managed to accumulate a waiting period of six months. The car features a P1-inspired front-end and a different rear styling with McLaren claiming that the 650S represents a natural evolution of its model lineup. Despite discontinuing the MP4-12C, McLaren will continue to work on upgrades on the supercar and from June, MP4-12C owners will be able to avail of free updates.
Called Technology Upgrade, the package includes software updates and an improved IRIS system. The Active Aero software will allow the car’s airbrake to identify driving situations and improve stability. A Drag Reduction System (DRS) enhances high speed aerodynamics by lowering the rear wing while an Android-based IRIS infotainment system has also been added.
Besides these, McLaren will also install a reversing camera and a DAB radio, also seen in the 650S, in the MP4-12C, for a ‘special price’. The McLaren 650S is powered by a 3.8-litre V8 engine producing 641bhp and 680Nm of torque. This engine is capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 333kmph, with the first 100kmph coming up in just 3.1 seconds. The engine powers the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
With the kind of response the 650S has received, it was just a matter of time before McLaren phased out the MP4-12C. But instead of concentrating just on the 650S, McLaren has shown goodwill by continuing to offer upgrades for the MP4-12C, to keep the technology on par with the newer sibling.