Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V8 engine that produces 592hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C rockets from 0-60mph in just 3.3-seconds. The company “settled on a carbon chassis for the MP4-12C: the first carbon chassis in a volume production sports car below $320,000, and the first to be produced as a one-piece moulded chassis.” Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a video.
Mated to the M838T is a dual clutch, seven-speed ‘SSG’ transmission. Using the Active Dynamics Panel situated in the centre console of the 12C’s cockpit, the characteristics of the SSG transmission can be switched through three different settings: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes.