Hertz UK is now offering the McLaren MP4-12C supercar for rent with a starting price of $1,800 for a single day mid-week. This is made possible by Hertz’s recent partnership with Premiere Velocity, a luxury-car rental specialist in the UK. If the supercar is rented for over 28 days, the daily rates are dropped to about $1,445.
Michel Taride, president of Hertz International, said that Hertz aims to provide its customers with “truly innovative rental experiences to our customers.” He said that by renting the McLaren MP4-12C, customers are able to experience Formula 1 racing technologies on the road.
If you want to book the supercar, you simply have to go to Hertzsupercars.com, where leasers overseas can make reservations for a wide variety of vehicles such as a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.
The McLaren MP4-12C has a retail price of $231,400 and comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 that delivers 592hp and 443 lb-ft of torque distributed via a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual, offering a top speed of 210 mph and an acceleration time of 3.2 seconds to go from a standstill to 60 mph.
There are a number of highly innovative features in the McLaren MP4-12C and one of this is the ISG or Intake Sound Generator. Depending on what powertrain mode is selected by the driver, the system is able to manage any of the engine intake noise within its cabin at different levels. There are three such modes which are Normal, Sport, and the Track Powertrain.
As the driver goes through each mode, the driving experience and the aural drama are both increased under this model. The engine noise is therefore altered especially when the throttle power is activated and the revs are increased. For the 2013 MP4-12C, the driver is able to make all these different choices through the electronic menu that can be accessed through the instrument cluster.
Under the new MP4-12C, there will be a host of new updates starting October 2012. Aside from the different functional attributes, the most obvious would be that of the engine and the transmission. Since the engineers at McLaren Automotive were given the chance to focus on developing the drivetrain, they were able to increase the 592 hp (600 PS) output of the twin turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine to 616 hp (625 PS).
However, despite the engine mapping being redesigned, this did not, in any way, change the M838T engine’s efficiency. Fuel economy remains to be at a combined EU cycle of 24.2 mpg (11.7 1/100 km).
CO2 emissions were the same as well at 279 g/km. Improved as well is the SSG 7-speed transmission, which the engine has been paired with. This transmission not only has throttle response that is crisper but with the clutch control enhanced, it allows for gear changes to be smoother and faster.