McLaren 12C Coupe Review
Mad Mac

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
14 Mar 2014
 

Introduction

If you grew up in the 90s like me, you would remember fondly how the automotive world was raving about Gordon Murray’s ultimate creation back then. The McLaren F1 was the 90s teenager’s bedroom poster that superseded the Countach of the 80s. Ok, maybe not but for me personally, I made a ton of scrapbooks with pictures I ‘borrowed’ from copies of my older brother’s ‘Car and Driver’ magazines.

So yes, you could say my love affair with the Mac started pretty early. But more importantly the F1 was significant because it set the standard for future road cars from the Woking manufacturer. GM was fastidious in his pursuit for the perfect supercar and he made little to no compromises to that end.

And that pursuit started from the ground up with the first being the driving position. Unique only to the F1, it has a three seat layout with the driver sitting on the vehicle’s centerline. The driver’s seat is set slightly forward of the two passenger seats for the best visibility and one can only assume each passenger seat is there for each of your model girlfriends. 

The F1 was also the first production sports car to feature an all carbon fibre body which was still unique to the F1 circuit at the time. But the focus has to be the naturally aspirated V12 powerplant which BMW M division built. The engine was an engineering marvel in itself. Weighing in at just 266 kilograms, the S70/2 as it was codenamed produced 627bhp from its 6.1 litre capacity. And although it was 16 kilos over what GM specified, it produced 14% more power. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 3800cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 8
Compression Ratio 8.7:1
Bore x Stroke (93 x 69.9)mm
Power 616bhp @ 7500rpm
Torque 600Nm @ 3000rpm
Power to Weight 447.7 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 3.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 333 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 8.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7 Speed Dual Clutch SSG
Drive Type MR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4509 x 2093 x 1203) mm
Wheelbase 2670 mm
Kerb Weight 1376 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 72 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs