McLaren 12C production halted

McLaren MP4-12C MY2013
10 Mar, 2014 4:29pm Jonathan Burn

Production of the McLaren 12C has temporarily stopped following the launch of the new 650S

McLaren has confirmed production of the 12C supercar has temporarily stopped in order to meet demand for the new McLaren 650S. The latest addition to the range debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in both Coupe and Spider form last week.

Production of the 12C has stopped with immediate effect, with the British brand confirming that a date has not been set for the production line to restart. However, the £176,000 supercar is still on sale as a handful of models remain unsold.

Although the 650S shares its architecture with the 12C, the new model is more than just a stripped-out and hunkered down model. Power from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 is up by 25bhp to 641bhp, while improvements to efficiency, handling and ride comfort have all been made.

The springs are now 22 per cent stiffer to reduce body roll and the clutch software has been updated to give a smoother ride in auto mode. Inside, there is more equipment as standard, with carbon ceramic brakes, sat-nav, forged alloy wheels and full Alcantara trim all included.

The 650S demands a £20,000 premium over the 12C at £195,000 and is available to order now. First deliveries will be at the end of spring.

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If you have money for a 12C, then another £20K for a newer improved car is really no big stretch.

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