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Improved Usability and Occupant Comfort
A new door entry system is a feature of the new 12C. A small button mounted on
each door replaces the 12C's touch sensor system. In line with customer
feedback, this modification is intended to simplify the user experience. The
ability to unlatch each door using the 12C key fob will be retained.
To improve safety, an enhancement will be made to the headlight activation
settings of the 12C. With the 'AUTO-lights' mode selected, the 12C's headlights
will be automatically switched on when rain is detected by the
windshield-mounted rain sensor.
The 12C's Climate Control System will be modified exclusively for 2013 models.
In addition to the standard 'AUTO' function of the system; new cars will be
supplied with systems inclusive of 'AUTO LO' functionality. This new setting
enables the desired cabin temperature to be reached in the quietest way
possible, using lower fan speeds.
New Options to Personalize the Ultimate McLaren 12C
McLaren Automotive is committed to innovating through technology and design, and
presenting customers with an exciting range of opportunities to specify their
ultimate 12C. Along with the power upgrade and technical revisions announced for
the 2013 model year 12C, comes a selection of tempting aesthetic and functional
options which may be added to the comprehensive standard 12C specification.
A stunning new high quality paint finish will be added to the options list for
the new 12C. Volcano Yellow joins the 'Elite' set of paint finishes available
for the revised model, and promises to be as spectacular as the popular Volcano
Orange and Volcano Red finishes selected by many 12C customers since the car was
launched in 2011.
A new wheel design and wheel finish available on multiple wheel designs will be
offered to future 12C owners. A new 5-spoke lightweight-forged wheel may be
specified for the 12C and is available in multiple finishes. Standard Silver,
optional Stealth and eye-catching Diamond Cut finishes are available on this new
wheel design, as well as forged wheel designs available to order from the
existing range. The Diamond Cut wheel finish is first finished in Graphite Grey,
then diamond cut to reveal the forged metal surface. The entire wheel is then
finished in a protective coat, which adds a high quality gloss to the
An exclusive new 12C interior trim has been developed by McLaren Automotive for
2013 model year 12Cs, which is a higher quality and more naturally textured
leather than that in the current 12C options list. If selected, exclusive
semi-aniline leather is applied to all major interior surfaces including doors,
seats, dash and the centre console. The new interior option includes flat piping
around the perimeter of the seat and along the edge of the door card insert. The
piping finish will be in Carbon Black unless requested in McLaren Orange,
Harissa Red or Stone Grey. Three levels of this new interior trim will be
available to order from June:
Full Semi-Aniline Leather: Carbon Black Leather on all surfaces, along with
optional color-matched flat piping
Semi-Aniline Leather with Colour Perforated Inserts: As Full Semi-Aniline, with
the addition of color perforated door inserts, seat inserts and matching piping
Semi-Aniline Leather with Alcantara Inserts: Carbon Black Leather to all major
surfaces, with black Alcantara seat inserts and optional Alcantara door inserts,
along with optional color-matched flat piping
Racing Green, which to date has been an option for 12C buyers, and 'Driver Zone'
interior options, will now be reserved for clients of McLaren Special Operations
(MSO). Selecting the 'Driver Zone' option will see a customer meet with MSO
stylists to create a color and trim scheme in the area immediately around, and
including, the driver's seat. This is specified in contrast to the interior trim
specified elsewhere in the cabin.
One Touch Seat Return is an added function of optional heated and electric seats
for new cars, and will be available as an update to existing vehicles. With the
pull of a lever, the seat will return to its position when the driver last
exited the 12C. Easy-Exit - whereby the seat retracts to its most rearward
position to allow for unhindered exiting of the 12C - will remain a feature.
Vehicle Lift will be available as an option on 2013 model year vehicles. The
system allows the 12C to be raised front and rear for improved ground clearance.
This technology permits the vehicle to be raised by up to 40mm at the front and
25mm at the rear, and may remain in position at up to 60kph.
In car entertainment is to be enhanced without any charge to customers of new
and used 12Cs, through upgrades to the Meridian audio equalizer settings. The
Meridian audio equalizer will be offered with Pure, Expanded and Extreme
settings, progressively enhancing levels of bass and treble.
McLaren Speed Marque
The McLaren badge, which carries the official moniker 'Speed Marque', will be
modified and available in two different new finishes. Mounted on the front
luggage lid, rear deck, steering wheel and wheel centre caps, the subtly revised
Speed Marque may be specified in Rocket Red/Silver as standard, or
Stealth/Silver as an option.
McLaren Automotive Sales and Marketing Director Greg Levine said: "The 'Speed
Marque' is an important symbol of McLaren's successful heritage in motorsport,
and we are very proud that it features prominently on the 12C. The 'Speed
Marque' has evolved significantly through the last five decades, from its origin
as the 'Speedy Kiwi' on Bruce McLaren's race cars in the 1960's, through to the
1980's and 90's where the McLaren name featured a red chevron symbol alongside
it on our Formula 1 cars. Now displayed on the new 12C, it embodies our core
product value of fast, streamlined movement and represents the pedigree of a
multiple World Championship-winning Formula 1 team."
Specification Revisions a Reward for Existing 12C Owners
Refinements to the 12C technology package will also be made available to
McLaren's valued existing 12C customers.
To date, McLaren Automotive has appointed 38 world-class retailers in 22
countries across the globe. Each McLaren retailer in the new global retail
network is now contacting existing 12C owners to offer each the opportunity to
upgrade their current cars to a revised specification. Enhancements to existing
12Cs include the 616 hp power increase introduced for the new 12C, and will be
scheduled for application to cars later this year.
Antony Sheriff said: "A revised performance and technology package for the 12C
highlights our determination and ability to enhance a vehicle that is already a
benchmark sports car, and underlines our desire to reward customers that have
shown commitment to McLaren. I believe this action will reinforce existing
customer relationships and I look forward to building long-term relationships
with McLaren customers of the future."
The following package of specification upgrades will be offered to every current
12C owner at zero cost to the customer:
M838T engine power increased to 616 hp
Revised calibration for 7-Speed SSG transmission
Programmable Intake Sound Generator
Headlights linked to rain sensor when in automatic mode
Easy-Exit electric seat function incorporating Seat Return (if specified)
New Meridian audio equalizer settings (if specified)
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