Portrait of a Supercar: McLaren MP4-12C

I know what you’re thinking. Finally, after two years, the car that will shock the world is here. Well, you’re partially right. I’m here, but I want to do more than shock the world. I want to change the way people think about cars forever.

It feels good being the most highly-anticipated car released in 2011. As a way to battle Ferrari and Lamborghini, my maker, McLaren came out with a lethal combination of specifications that makes the term jaw dropping seem rather perfunctory in this case.

For starters, my engine sits behind the cockpit and includes a seven-speed, Italian-made Graziano twin-clutch transmission. If that doesn’t grab you in the love jewels and make you feel fuzzy inside, I don’t know what else will.

Overall, comfort was a key ingredient to crafting my design. The engine purrs like a cat, albeit a mountain lion for masculinity’s sake, but still a cat. It takes potholes in stride and everything from the adjustable seats to the oval and squared off steering wheel were custom designed for one of the most unique experiences known to the driving man.

McLaren will build about 1,000 of my brothers and sisters this year, and an additional 1,500 after that annually, meaning only a select few will have the pleasure of cruising in my life-altering state.

The MP4-12C offers a serious and classy design unlike anything Ferrari or Lamborghini have assembled yet. McLaren has crafted a vehicle that will certainly catch Hollywood’s attention and jump into films, but also one that makes people question if they’re driving the right car. Game changer for sure.

MSRP: $229,000
Twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine
0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds
Top speed: 205 mph
592 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm
Fuel economy: 24.2 mpg