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have been made by McLaren's engineers to the 12C's engine and SSG transmission
increasing responsiveness. Ease of use, a phrase not often associated with cars
of this type, is further improved through a host of detail changes while a wider
variety of paint, leather and wheel options give customers yet more scope for
personalization. The 12C's unique Intake Sound Generator (ISG) system, which
controls the amount of engine intake sound heard in the cabin, is now
programmable across three levels in all three Powertrain modes allowing the
driver to select the amount of aural drama he or she wants to enjoy, whatever
the road. But one aspect that hasn't changed is the 12C's purposeful styling .
apart from a subtle revision to the McLaren Speed Marque badge, that is.
This latest iteration of the 12C, which at launch set a new benchmark among its
competitors for power, efficiency and pioneering technology, is available to
order now at a price that starts from 176,000 GBP in the UK. Customers who have
already taken delivery of a 12C are not being neglected, though. Every 12C owner
is being offered a package of upgrades, including the extra 20 hp, at no cost,
underlining McLaren's commitment to its customers ensuring they enjoy owning
their 12C as much as they do driving it.
Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: "Given our racing
heritage, it is in our nature to continuously seek out improvements. The team at
McLaren Automotive recognizes that our existing and future customers deserve the
very best product and service we can offer, and the launch of the enhanced 12C
reaffirms its position as the most powerful luxury sports car among its
"We designed and engineered the 12C from a clean sheet of paper, and I am
delighted with the innovative technology package created for our first sports
car. Our customers love driving a car with technologies and systems that have
proved successful in Formula 1 and which create an incredible driving experience
in a unique new high performance sports car. New and existing customers will now
enjoy an even better experience thanks to the upgrades."
Intake Sound Generator (ISG)
The 12C features an innovative Intake Sound Generator (ISG). This system works
by controlling engine intake noise within the cabin at differing levels,
depending on the Powertrain mode selected for the car. Moving up through Normal,
Sport and Track Powertrain modes enhances the aural drama and driving experience
of the 12C, with engine noise in the cabin changing when throttle power is
applied and revs increase. With the 2013 specification 12C, the driver will be
able to select the level of engine noise delivered in each mode through an
electronic menu accessible via the instrument cluster.
2013 McLaren MP4-12C.
McLaren MP4-12C: Review (2/2)