McLaren plans on a hardcore version of the 12C to take on Ferrari 458 Speciale

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 17, 2014

It appears that the Ferrari 458 Speciale what was unveiled back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show made quite an impression and the news that the production of this vehicle is already sold out for this year convinced other carmakers to follow the same strategy. As a result, McLaren will offer an enhanced version of the MP4-12C that will deliver better on-road performance, exceeding that of the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

According to Autocar, McLaren declined to make any comment on this story, but an unknown source told the British magazine that the new vehicle will be based on the same carbonfibre Monocell as the 12C while the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine will be tuned to about 650 hp.

As expected, the new McLaren will have a slightly different design than the standard 12C and will take more styling influences from the range-topping McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar. Moreover, the interior will also be upgraded. Regarding the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this model is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine rated at 605 hp and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque.

These numbers push it from o to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.1 second and to a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph). The Ferrari 458 Speciale has a price of almost $300,000, which means that you should expect the same price tag for the hardcore version of the McLaren MP4-12C, which is expected to debut later this year!

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