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McLaren Sets $229,000 “Base” Price on MP4-12C

It’ll cost more with the 3-camera recording system, however.

by on Jan.20, 2011

Priced at $229,000: the McLaren MP4-12C.

Considering the price tag for previous models bearing the McLaren moniker, including the million-dollar F1, the British maker’s latest offering is a positive bargain, at $229,000.

Of course, you better have a bit more in your bank account if you plan to cover taxes, gas guzzler fees – and a long, long, long list of options that even includes a 3-camera in-car recording system so you can see the look of fear on your face when you miss the tight corner on track day.

Produced using carbon fiber, and weighing just 2,866 pounds, the Formula One-influenced MP4-12C will be powered by a mid-mounted3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 making 592 horsepower channeled through a 7-speed Seamless Shift dual-clutch gearbox.  A “pre-cog” system will permit the driver to pre-select the next gear, using paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, reducing gear shift times to near-instantaneous, MacLaren claims.