If the updates to the 2013 MP4-12C are any indication, McLaren is laser-focused on its goal to become a serious rival for the Ferrari 458 Italia. Today, pricing on the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C was announced to be $241,800, including a $2400 destination charge.
Earlier this week, we reported that the new McLaren MP4-12C would get a power boost to 616 hp as well as more steering feel, lighter shift paddle action, and various interior improvements. While McLaren estimates the 0-62 mph time won’t change from 3.1 seconds after the power boost, the car is said to be one second faster from 0-186 mph (300 kph) with a top speed up 2 mph to 207 mph and a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds at 136 mph, claimed improvements of 0.1 second and 1 mph. When we compared the McLaren MP4-12C against the Ferrari 458 Italia as well as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Audi R8 5.2, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and Lamborghini Gallardo, it placed second -- behind the Ferrari but ahead of all the other supercars.
A new wheel design and wheel finish are additions for 2013, as is a Volcano Yellow color, which joins other colors like Volcano Orange and Volcano Red. Inside, a new interior package adds semi-aniline leather on the doors, seats, dash, and center console. The new interior options include semi-aniline leather with Altantara inserts, semi-aniline leather with colored inserts, and the full semi-aniline leather package with Carbon Black leather and available color-matched flat piping.
One of the more practical additions on 2013 McLaren MP12-4C supercars will be Vehicle Lift, which will help drivers avoid scraping the front of the car over every driveway by lifting the car up to about 1.5 inches at the front and about one inch at the rear while traveling up to 37 mph.
Potential MP4-12C buyers may be interested to know that McLaren has revised the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, resulting in faster and smoother gear changes, the automaker says, along with crisper throttle response. Though you'll pay more for the 2013 car, we're guessing not too many buyers will care that their improved $200,000+ supercar is a few thousand dollars more expensive.