McLaren Jakarta to open in Indonesia early next year

Article by Anita Panait, on November 28, 2012

McLaren Automotive has chosen PT Mega Performa Indonesia to represent the brand across Indonesia through the McLaren Jakarta venture, as part of the continued expansion of its retail network. PT Mega Performa Indonesia, a fully serviced importer and seller of sports cars, will have a customised showroom and service workshop in Jakarta.

PT Mega Performance Indonesia is currently constructing a state-of-the-art showroom and workshop in the capital. The workshop will be home to a fully equipped official service centre manned by skilled technicians, who were trained at McLaren’s headquarters in Woking, United Kingdom. PT Mega Performance Indonesia will open the Pacific Place Mall showroom and Jalan Arteri Pondok Indah workshop early in 2013.

Ian Rianto Susanto (Yanto), the principal of PT Mega Performa Indonesia, expressed excitement at the opportunity to introduce the McLaren brand, and the 12C and 12C Spider, to Indonesian roads.

Susanto also expressed commitment and confidence in their ability to deliver a “truly exceptional customer experience,” according to the expectations of McLaren customers. He remarked that the partnership between PT Mega Performa and McLaren Automotive will be a huge success.

Including McLaren Jakarta, McLaren Automotive is now represented in 23 markets around the world. In the Asia-Pacific region alone, the brand is present in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney. The brand is represented by McLaren Tokyo and McLaren Osaka in Japan.

Ian Rianto Susanto (Yanto), the principal of PT Mega Performa Indonesia, said: “We are excited at the opportunity to introduce the McLaren brand, and the 12C and 12C Spider, to Indonesian roads. We are confident in our ability and deeply committed to delivering a truly exceptional customer experience, in line with what is expected by McLaren customers. We have no doubt that the partnership between PT Mega Performa and McLaren Automotive will be a tremendous success.”

It was during the 2012 Pebble Beach weekend, held in California, that McLaren Automotive officially presented the MP4-12C Spider. This latest model is only the second high performance sports car to come out of the company. In addition to having an open-top and a mid-engine, this sports car is also lightweight. Indeed, the MP4-12C Spider has the excitement one expects from a roof-down vehicle with the performance demanded from a 12C.

However, when compared to other convertibles, or even other Spider models, the MP4-12C gives the same driver enjoyment, handling, and performance, offered by a fixed-roof coupé. An excellent attribute of the 12C Spider is that it uses the carbon fiber MonoCell, the same one utilized for the 12C. As such, there is no need to give it that added strength in order to get the same strength and rigidity of an open roof model.

For most cars built with a chassis composed of aluminum or steel, the change from being a fixed-head coupé to one that is an open-roof convertible means that added strength. This is normal practice as it is increasing the weight. Those familiar though know that increasing the weight or putting in that additional strength may lead to a compromise not just on performance but even driving enjoyment and handling.

Brand Managing Director Antony Sheriff said that with the 12C Spider, customers will get the best of both worlds. They will get the best of an open-roof drive, he added, but with the driving integrity and performance of a 12C model.

McLaren has been known to have excellent knowledge when it comes to Formula 1. This is utilized by the 12C Spider to the fullest and is combined with the brand’s know-how at manufacturing sports cars that are lightweight and centered on the driver.

There is no question though that the 12C Spider, much like the 12C before it, is undoubtedly a “pure McLaren.” Meaning it was created to deliver the maximum in driving thrill and performance but with none of the compromises. The advantage of the 12C Spider is that it has the charm one would anticipate from a roof-down driving. No such sports car in the industry has this mix of qualities.

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