Advertisement

Report: McLaren MP4-12C U.S. Launch Delayed, Won't Be Coming to LA Auto Show

Follow Nelson

Just over a month ago, McLaren Automotive announced its North American Regional Director would be Anthony Joseph. His main task: building a network of U.S. dealerships. That work is apparently going more slowly than expected, as reports out today say the U.S. launch of the McLaren MP4-12C has been delayed due to difficulties lining up dealers.

Along with news of the delayed launch comes word that the car won't be shown at the December L.A. Auto Show either. The reasoning there is presumably to save the media hype for a time frame closer to when dealers will be prepared to take orders

The MP4-12C's U.S. debut now appears to be pushed back to mid-2010, possibly around the time of the New York Auto Show. Whatever the timing, retail sales aren't expected anywhere in the world until early 2011. A Spider variant could follow shortly thereafter. Only 4,500 of the cars are expected to be built, so pre-orders will likely play a dominant role in the car's early sales period.

That may end up being a good thing, as the extended time frame will give more time for the economy to rebound, as early indicators say it is already doing, meaning more wealthy buyers will be back in the market for a new supercar.

And the MP4-12C will certainly be on many short-lists: rated at a brutal 600 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine, the car is expected to deliver radical performance. An 8,500 rpm redline, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and carbon fiber monocoque structure will all play into the car's tremendous capability.

[Edmunds]

Advertisement
 
Follow Us

People Who Read This Article Also Read

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comments (3)
  1. this car is awesome.... if i stepped back into 97, im sorry mclaren although this car is cool it already looks dated!
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  2. cant agree with you more azlan. it is ugly and dated. it is more dated than the old f1. what were they thinking??????????
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  3. Funny how a company like Tesla can get outlets across the country, and even a few in Canada, as an unheard of electric car company, yet McLaren, with the history of having the worlds fastest Production Road Car for almost ten years can't even setup a decent set of retailers nationwide.
    I'm sorry that I just don't get it - But I'm willing to bet that the whole "electric" word might have something to do with it.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement

Take Us With You!

 
Advertisement
Advertisement

Research New Cars

Go!


 
© 2014 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.