Whip the McLaren MP4-12C around any corner, perilously close to the grassy edge of a high-speed test track, two words come to mind: holy and fuck. Used in a sentence: “Holy fuck, this thing is fast!”
The supercar cost just shy of a quarter-mil, and if we had that much in the bank to blow, it’d be worth every penny. While the two-seater may lack room for your groceries, it packs a techy arsenal of performance goods, like a twin-turbocharged V-8 that shoots 592 horses to the rear wheels, a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission, and a hydraulic suspension system that does away with traditional roll bars.
But the real key to this car’s super speed and maneuverability? It’s super lightweight. For that you can thank a carbon-fiber tub that keeps the haul down to an anorexic 2,900 pounds.
With suspension and drivetrain electronics on their tamest settings, the MP4-12C virtually floats along the road. But crank things up and this ride does its best open-wheel racecar impersonation with a screaming engine whine, glued-to-tarmac handling, and blink-fast gear shifts from steering-wheel-mounted paddles. The Hulk could take a lesson from this car’s pussycat-to-powerhouse transformation. McLaren smash!