Now that the McLaren P1 has been revealed to the public, the company’s “entry level” offering, the MP4-12C, is old news, right? Sure, it’s quite fast (just not P1 fast), and it’s available as a hardtop convertible, but it’s destined to live under the P1’s massive shadow. That’s just the lot in life of cars that aren’t their makers’ flagships.
Or is it? While the OEMs are understandably reluctant to build hotter versions of their junior models for fear of undermining the senior models’ sales and cachet, tuners are subject to no such encumbrances. With that in mind, Vorsteiner presents the MP4-12V.
The stock McLaren front fascia is replaced with a new unit featuring an integral splitter and incorporates the shape of the McLaren logo into the outer vent openings. The side skirt extensions flesh out (or carbon fiber out) the rockers and, presumably, help make better use of airflow. Finally, in back, the new rear bumper features an enormous diffuser, while the automatic rear spoiler is now topped by a new carbon fiber lip. Vorsteiner also offers new alloy wheels measuring 20” or 21” across. There are no radical deviations from the stock 12C’s looks, true, but the overall appearance is clean. We’re quite fond of it, at least as it exists in these renderings.
Vorsteiner hasn’t made any mention of performance upgrades, so we’re guessing there won’t be any. This means you’ll have “just” 616hp from the twin-turbo 3.8L V8. Boo-hoo, waaaaah, etc. There’s also no word on what the MP4-12V (the “V” presumably standing for Vorsteiner) body kit will cost. But if we had the bucks for an MP4-12C, we’d probably step up for these new pieces from Vorsteiner. You know, to make it harder for the valet to justify parking it in back…