Sunday, 22 September 2013

McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C





The MP4-12C more than proves its mettle on the track: Its 3.8-liter, mid-mounted-twin-turbo V8 engine tops out at 205 mph, and thanks to a bit of Formula One sorcery called brake steer (subsequently banned), understeer is corrected through corners by applying braking to the inside rear wheel to keep the car in line. But the model is road-worthy too. In normal driving mode (sport, winter and track are the other options), you can shift gears manually, but the transmission will revert to automatic if left to itself for seven seconds. The extremely efficient engine delivers 80 percent of its torque below 2,000 rpm—which means you don’t have to floor it to get great performance. And yes, there’s room for luggage under the front hood. The price tag: $229,000. mclaren.com.



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