2012 McLaren MP4-12C Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 McLaren MP4-12C - Road Test Specs

2012 McLaren MP4-12C Coupe

(3.8L V8 Twin-turbo 7-speed Automated Manual)


Year Make Model2012 McLaren MP4-12C 2dr Coupe (3.8L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
Vehicle TypeRWD 2dr 2-passenger Coupe
Base MSRP$231,400
Options on test vehicleSport Exhaust ($5,430 -- includes super-lightweight Iconel exhaust system); Super-Lightweight Forged Wheels ($5,140 -- indluces super lightweight forged alloy wheels 19-by-8.5 inches front and 20-by-11 inches rear, silver finish); Elite Paint ($5,140 -- Ice Silver in this case); Premium Meridian Surround Sound Package ($4,795 -- includes seven-speaker Meridian surround-sound); Carbon-Fiber Engine Bay Panels ($4,000); Carbon-Fiber Interior Upgrade ($4,000 -- includes carbon-fiber trim on steering wheel, dash, console and doors); Carbon-Fiber Rear Diffuser ($4000); Carbon-Fiber Seatbacks ($4,000); Electric and Heated Seats ($3,430 -- includes dual multilevel heated seating surfaces, dual six-way power adjustment with four-way power lumbar, easy entry drivers seat, memory setting for three drivers); Carbon-Fiber Wheel Arch ($2,860); Carbon-Fiber Front Splitter ($2,860); Carbon-Fiber Sill Plates ($2,860); Carbon-Fiber Mirror Casings ($2,860); Carbon-Fiber Engine Covers ($2,860); Alcantara and Leather Interior ($2,290 -- includes Alcantara headliner, inner door panels, seat inners and lower dash); Front and Rear Parking Sensors ($2,060); Special Color Brake Calipers ($1,150 -- includes choice of McLaren Orange with black logo, red with black logo or silver with black logo); Stealth Pack ($1,030 -- includes black airbrake mechanism, black exhaust finishers); Branded Mat Pack ($400 -- includes leather-trimmed floor mats with MP4-12C plaque, cargo mat); Fire Extinguisher ($180); Warning Triangle and First Aid Kit ($65)
As-tested MSRP$292,810


ConfigurationLongitudinal, midengine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeTwin-turbocharged, port-injected V8, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,799cc (232 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)8,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)592 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)443 @ 3,000-7000
Fuel type91-octane acceptable, 93-octane for best performance
Transmission typeSeven-speed dual-clutch automated manual with console buttons, steering-mounted shift paddles and launch mode
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.04; II = 2.65; III = 1.93; IV = 1.50; V = 1.18; VI = 0.92; VII = 0.70
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.308
Differential(s)Open, with brake-based torque vectoring


Suspension, frontIndependent double-wishbones, coil springs, driver-adjustable multimode variable dampers, hydraulic roll, pitch and warp control
Suspension, rearIndependent double-wishbones, coil springs plus z-bar heave spring, driver-adjustable multi-mode variable dampers, hydraulic roll, pitch and warp control
Steering typeHydraulic, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering with electrically-driven pump and three driver-selectable maps
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0
Tire make and modelPirelli P Zero
Tire typeAsymmetrical, summer, high-performance
Tire size, front235/35ZR19 91Y
Tire size, rear305/30ZR20 99Y
Wheel size, front19-by-8.5 inches
Wheel size, rear20-by-11.0 inches
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, front14.6-inch two-piece ventilated cross-drilled cast-iron discs with 4-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear13.8-inch two-piece ventilated cross-drilled cast-iron discs with 4-piston fixed calipers and secondary single-piston sliding calipers for the parking brake system

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.6
0-45 mph (sec.)2.5
0-60 mph (sec.)3.5
0-75 mph (sec.)4.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)11.0 @ 131.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.2
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)1.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.8
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)11.2 @ 130.6
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)106
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)73.2
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON72.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)1.03
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON1.03
Sound level @ idle (dB)59.4
@ Full throttle (dB)94.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)72.4
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsEven in its "Normal" setting and without "Launch" mode, the McLaren runs to 60 in 3.7 seconds. The only car with a launch control as easy and effective as this one is the 911 Turbo (997). The MP4-12C's system is essentially foolproof and extremely consistent. The thrill of hearing that V8 scream behind and the zero-shock upshifts feels almost like an amusement park ride. All I had to do was keep my eyes pinned on the horizon and watch the scenery grow increasingly blurry before standing on the brakes at about 135 mph. Thrilling, yet unchallenging.
Braking commentsNo surprise, the McLaren dives very little and there's absolutely no ABS or tire noise. It just stops. There is, however, a slight wiggle as the car searches for and sorts out available grip -- just like proper non-ABS threshold braking.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Steering is unfettered, friction-free but communicative about the front tires' impending slip. Odd, intermittent porpoising nudges the car slightly wide. Extremely mild-yet-stubborn understeer on the limit. Frustratingly, I wasn't able to coax rotation unless I REALLY wanted it to drift (with ESC off). Slalom: In Track Mode with ESC on, the car sensed the understeer and gently bled throttle at each cone to tuck the nose in. With ESC off, I tried to drive around the understeer by "jumping" off the throttle, but rather than rotation, it drifts as a unit, causing me to slide past the next cone (late). Finally, I managed to "beat" the ESC by throwing it in too fast, letting it scrub down with the understeer, then rolling back on the throttle for power oversteer. Mind you, this all happens with a 75-mph entry speed and should be terrifying, yet it is not. The steering is so precise, car is so neutral, that I could place it inch-perfect each time.

Testing Conditions

Test date3/20/2012
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)59.8
Relative humidity (%)36.4
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29.64
Wind (mph, direction)1.9, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,764
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)29/32

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city/22 highway/18 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)17.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.0

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM with 7-inch portrait touchscreen monitor, seven-speaker Meridan surround sound
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod dock, USB input, aux jack
Satellite radioNot available
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)40GB
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard (but not on this early-build car)
Navigation systemOptional
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar front and rear
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,161
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,209
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)42/58
Length (in.)177.5
Width (in.)75.1
Height (in.)47.2
Wheelbase (in.)105.1
Track, front (in.)65.2
Track, rear (in.)62.3
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)43.4
Headroom, front (in.)37.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.3
Seating capacity2
Trunk volume (cu-ft)7.5
GVWR (lbs.)3,726


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/unlimited miles
Powertrain3 years/unlimited miles
Corrosion3 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/unlimited miles

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