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McLaren To Change MP4-12C Based On Driver Input

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On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren To Change MP4-12C Based On Driver Input

I highly doubt any customer complained about the lack of fruitiness in the McLaren MP4-12C. In fact, the words "fruity" and "McLaren" don't really belong in the same sentence, lest you happen to be transporting a fruit basket to a sick relative by way of MP4-12C. Still, McLaren has made a few alterations to its mid-engined muscle car, and at least one component has gotten "fruitier."

According to Autocar, McLaren actually used the term "fruitier" to describe the enhanced sound of the exhaust note. McLaren was responding to some early complaints from journalists that the MP4-12C just didn't offer the same form of deep, satisfying growl that competitors like the Ferrari 458 GTB do. So it tinkered with the car's Intake Sound Generator so that more of the engine's voice comes through into the cabin. I realize that some terms and phrases just don't translate by way of Atlantic Ocean, but "fruitier" really doesn't seem like the right direction for exhaust to take.

In addition to the exhaust note, McLaren improved the throttle response of the MP4-12C to enhance the ride. What didn't change: the pure, unerring 592-hp twin-turbo V-8 + carbon Monocell chassis goodness.

A spokesman explained: "We want drivers to enjoy the car a bit more. The changes don’t lead to any performance increase, but they do lead to an emotional increase when you drive the car."

The changes affect the MP4-12C only when it's in Track Mode, giving you a little extra ambiance when you're getting serious about performance. They come just as the MP4-12C is officially hitting the market.


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