We have our own McLaren 12C, a bright orange long-term test car lent to us for nine months by Woking's most famous (well, only) supercar maker. The 12C (originally named the McLaren MP4-12C) is a bona fide supercar to rival the Ferrari 458 Italia and Porsche 911 Turbo S, but the fact that it introduces a new technical philosophy to the rarefied world of supercars will make it a fascinating everyday companion.
The spec? Well our car’s paint is the glorious, almost-luminous McLaren Orange that immediately conjures images of Bruce and Denny manhandling M8s, while the ‘Stealth Pack’ introduces black detailing. The wheels have been upgraded to MY13 diamond-cut lightweight forged items (and are bloody lovely), and there are carbon-ceramic brakes, too.
Inside, there’s Alcantara trim on the dash, and orange stitching on the carbon black seats, carbon wheel and centre console trim. The delayed IRIS satnav/media system is fitted, as is a Meridian sound system. Parking sensors and a tyre-pressure warning system complete the spec.