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McLaren Announces First Six U.S. Dealers for the MP4-12C

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On: Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 9:39AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

McLaren Announces First Six U.S. Dealers for the MP4-12C

 The MP4-12C is “pure McLaren”, from its innovative technologies to customization—every detail of its design is purposeful. The 2012 two-seater, mid-engine 12C has a capacity to travel from 0-60 in under 3 seconds (in case you weren’t paying attention, -that was 3SECONDS!)

That's faster than the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo which hits 60 in 3.2 seconds, the Corvette ZR1, or the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. This vehicle is said to revise the fabric of sports car design with innovative engineering comprised of a revolutionary carbon fiber “MonoCell” chassis, and a complete spotlight on total performance and high quality.

The 12C has a V8, twin-turbo engine with 592 horsepower and 443 ft-lb of torque with a 7-speed Seamless Shift dual-clutch transmission. Its advanced aerodynamics is accompanied by its Airbrake which gives the 12C excellent stability under braking. The 12C sets new standards for its lush interior and technology in its class.

Customers that are interested in purchasing a 12C will be happy to hear that six new dealers have been selected across the country to offer the MP4 12-C to the public. The names of the dealerships and cities in North America are: The Auto Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA; Park Place in Dallas, TX; Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, CT; Price Family Dealerships in San Francisco, CA; and Dew Luxury Motor Cars in Tampa, FL. In the coming months, McLaren also plans to assign dealers in Miami, Orange County, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

Deliveries are scheduled for summer of 2011 (for the 2012 model), and the price—a mere $225,000—that’s the starting price. Models with optional features can go for up to $250,000. Initial production is planned for only about 1,000 cars a year; as the company adds new models, plans are to increase production to 4,000 cars per year.

The company is anxious to see how well the 12C will sell in the current market. Unlike Tesla, which has struggled to find buyers, McLaren doesn’t have to overcome the obstacle of filling the demand for the EV market. The company has a track record of building the F1 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR. For now the jury is out; we will have to sit back and see how McLaren will do once the formal launch occurs next year.

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