The McLaren 12C (formerly known as the MP4-12C) has been on the market for a while now, as it was unveiled in September 2009 and went on sale in mid-2011. Back in March, McLaren launched the 650S Coupe and Spider, a vehicle that featured a front end inspired by the awesome P1 hypercar, while the rear end was “borrowed” from the 12C.
And the inevitable happened as McLaren announced the existing owners of the 12C that the company will cease production of 12C in light of the success of the 650S. Still, this isn’t the end o the 12C because Mclaren is offering the current owners a free Technology Upgrade program. Available from June, this program will offer a new Active Aero software for the Airbrake that will make it ‘sense’ different driving scenarios.
According to McLaren, the software will improve stability when lifting off the throttle or cresting a hill. Moreover, the program will include a DRS (Drag Reduction System) mode which lowers the wing when driving at high speeds in a straight line, in order to improve aerodynamics.
Other improvements are found on the Android-based IRIS system, while later 12C models fitted with door buttons will benefit from an external control to lower the windows.
If you want more, McLaren offers a special price on the two new features that made their debut with the 650S: the reversing camera and DAB radio. When it made its debut, the McLaren 12C had came with around 600 hp and 433 lb-ft of torque generated by the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine. In 2013, the McLaren 12C received a small power boost as the V8 engine developed 616 hp.
With that amount of power, the 12C was capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.8 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 26.5 seconds. Top speed was 333 km/h or 207 mph. The brand new McLaren 650S uses the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 650 hp and 678 Nm of torque.
Bolted to a 7-speed DSG transmission, the 650S sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.4 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 25.4 seconds. Top speed is limited at 333 km/h or 207.
As you can see, the performances of the McLaren 650S are quite identical to the 12C, which means that if you own a 12C there is no reason to upgrade it with the new model. An upgrade to the McLaren P1 would definitely be something else, but as you may know already this model is already sold out! [source: Autoblog]