McLaren 12C production paused to meet 650S demand

Looks like customers love the recently introduced McLaren 650S as according to Piston Heads, the 12C production has been paused in order to free up capacity for the new model.

Even though the 650S is not an all new model, and is essentially a modified 12C with a P1 inspired front fascia, extra horsepower and few other tweaks, the demand for it is so strong that McLaren is currently not assembling the 12C Coupe or Spider.

At the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren made it clear the 12C isn’t going anywhere despite the arrival of the 650S so if you still want to order a 12C you can still do it, though it is likely to change.

The 650S is available as a coupe and spider, just like the 12C, packing 641bhp from a 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8. That’s 25 extra bhp compared to the 12C, taking it from 0-62mph in just 3.0 seconds.

The 650S Coupe starts at £195,250 with 650S Spider priced from £212,250. That’s roughly £20k more than the 12C.

It is still very likely that the 650S will replace the 12C, when a new entry level P13 arrives, that is expected to cost around £130,000. The 12C is priced too close to the new entry-level model and the 650S with its higher price clearly helps to differentiate between the two.


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