McLaren Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Special-Edition 12C

McLaren will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special edition of the 12C coupe and 12C Spider supercars. The celebratory cars will be limited to just 100 units total -- 50 coupes and 50 convertibles.

McLaren will officially celebrate its 50th birthday on September 2 this year, commemorating Bruce McLaren's founding of the eponymous racing team. The special edition cars were built by McLaren Special Operations with input from design director Frank Stephenson.

Visual changes to the McLaren 12C begin with a new front bumper that is claimed to improve downforce. The lower part is made from carbon fiber, while the upper part is made from a racing derivative of Kevlar. A special black McLaren badge sits on the car's nose; it was previously offered only to MSO clients. Both the McLaren 12C coupe and Spider receive the usually optional carbon-ceramic brakes, plus special 50 Ultra Lightweight wheels that, despite measuring 19 inches in front and 20 in the rear, are a combined 4.4 pounds lighter than McLaren's existing Super Lightweight wheels.

On the inside, full leather upholstery combines with special brandings on the door-sill plate and floor mats. And as if the car itself weren't enough, each special-edition model comes with a monogrammed car cover, a carbon-fiber key display case, a unique key, and a special print signed by design director Stephenson. The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission are unchanged, with power ratings remaining at 616 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.

U.S. pricing for the McLaren 50 12C coupe and Spider has yet to be released. In the U.K., the limited-run cars start at £196,000 and £215,000, respectively, equivalent to about $296,000 and $326,000.

Source: McLaren

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