McLaren 12C production ended, replaced by 650S

April 7, 2014

The McLaren 12C has been officially cut from the showroom so the company can concentrate on models such as the recently-introduced 650S and the epic P1.


McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt announced the news in a letter which was sent to owners advising of a technology upgrade available for the 12C from June. Flewitt spoke about the updates and the end of production in a statement, saying,

“Meanwhile, the final piece of news I wanted to share with you is regarding 12C production which we have decided to cease in light of the success of 650S.

“After three years of 12C production, this represents a natural evolution of our model line-up.”

The 12C upgrade includes updates to the active aero systems and rear airbrake, a new drag reduction system during straight high-speed driving, as well as a revised Android-based IRIS system.

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