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SOMETIMES it's nigh impossible to fathom out how car manufacturers come up with their models' names - some have a mishmash of upper and lower cases, others random apostrophes and under-scores, whilst some opt for unusual towns or natural phenomena.McLaren, on the other hand keeps things nice and simple.Take the 650S Spider for example. The ‘650' refers to the power output of 650ps; the ‘S' stands for Sport and the ‘Spider' means the car has a retractable folding hard top.With a...

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A McLAREN for less than the price of an Audi is something few would have thought possible three or four years ago.It's true though, provided you have a spare £35,000, and don't mind sitting tight for eight months.Then £1,000 a month will secure you a McLaren 540C on a not unreasonable 10,000-mile a year deal.And we aren't talking tame, underpowered faux sports car - more like 533bhp of heavy manners from a model that looks as sexy and sleek as anything from the supercar catwalk.It...

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THE first ever all-electric McLaren is set to go on sale in October priced at only £375!It will blast to its maximum speed from standstill in a mere two seconds but there's just one snag that top speed is just 3mph.The ride-on, electric McLaren P1 is the first officially licensed product from McLaren Automotive to enter the growing market for supercar look-alike mini-motors. Ideally, says the company, customers should be between three and six years old to drive it, although...

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YOU know there is something special about to be experienced when you step into an entry-level car costing £143,000.With the McLaren badge on the shark-like front it is going to be different to almost anything else you've driven, entry level or above.Having previously driven the McLaren 650S which was pitched as an every-day car, I was not exactly sure what I would think of the 570S newcomer to the range.It is the first of the company's Sports series, beneath the Super and Ultimate...

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TWO examples of the fabled McLaren P1 GTR will be in action on the Hill over the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend later this month, between them producing nearly 2,000 horsepower.The first is entered by McLaren Automotive as part of the Supercar Run and is being fitted with a special livery inspired by James Hunt's race helmet, in honour of the 40th anniversary of his Formula 1 championship win.The second is entered by Lanzante Ltd and is an extensively modified version of the...

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EVERY gram counts. It's a philosophy that has seen McLaren glide from Grand Prix glory to becoming one of the world's most sought-after supercar brands - in just six years.British-built alongside the F1 operation at a state of the art production facility in Woking, the McLaren road cars slot into three distinct categories.And if Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series sound more like mixed martial arts competitions the art-forms here are more concerned with sexy, fluid,...

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IF you've got £10,000,000-plus burning a hole in your pocket then McLaren has one of the rarest cars in the world for sale - a 1998 F1.The McLaren F1 is regarded by many as the car which rewrote the supercar rule book.With only 64 road car examples built between 1993 and 1998, the original McLaren F1 is one of the rarest and most highly-regarded models among collectors, enthusiasts and petrol heads.McLaren Special Operations continues to maintain and manage McLaren F1s globally,...

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THE most usable McLaren to date is how the racing brand describes the first model in its new Sports Series, the 570S Coupe.The new car for both road and track joins the Super Series and Ultimate Series to complete the three tier McLaren range being shown together for the first time at the New York Auto Show this week.And we're talking thunderous performance with this car, powered by a twin turbo V8 engine delivering a massive 562bhp.Its headline figures are 0-62 in 3.2 seconds and...

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IF you've got a spare quarter million and fancy something seriously hardcore then take a peek at the new McLaren 675LT.Lithe, low and utterly spellbinding, the supercar namechecks the brand's ‘Longtail' heritage and is seen as a rival to the Ferrari 458 Speciale.Offered as a coupe only, the 675LT will be the most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the McLaren Super Series, with a power to weight ratio that eclipses established rivals.The Woking-based brand has upped the power...

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THE most powerful and exclusive McLaren model to date is bang on course to make its global debut in production form at the Geneva Motor Show in March.The past few months has seen the track-only model's development programme stepped up with the limited edition P1 GTR being put through its paces across Europe and the Middle East.Production is due to start later this year along with the launch of a bespoke driver programme and as testing continues, the flyer looks set to be one of the...

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THE 18 hole at California's picturesque Pebble Beach golf course is about to witness a drive like never before.But it won't be Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods ripping up the famous fairway.Instead the cheers will be for McLaren Special Operations and their unique examples of the recently launched MSO 650S Spider and fire-breathing P1 hypercar.The bespoke MSO division was launched in 2011 and offers a full personalisation service for McLaren owners.And commissioned by a North American...

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THE biggest clue is in the number, as the name synonymous with Grand Prix glory prepares to launch its fastest ever series-production supercar.The McLaren 650S is also billed as the brand's most engaging, best equipped and most beautiful model too - and few visitors to next month's Geneva Motor Show are likely to disagree.It joins the McLaren stable of thoroughbreds alongside the 12C and sold-out McLaren P1, and will be up for grabs as a fixed-head coupe or spider with a retractable...

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A COMMEMORATIVE supercar celebrating 50 years of McLaren's race-winning technology is to hit the streets for a princely £196,000.That's for the coupe version of the 3.7-litre 616bhp flyer, go for the Spider and the tab tops the two hundred grand mark at £215,500.But what buyers of these strictly limited edition models - 50 each of the 12C and its open-top sibling - get is a host of bespoke style and spec enhancements to mark the milestone event, due to be celebrated in early...

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IT could be described as the Formula One car for the road.The new McLaren P1 not only looks a stunner but boasts a simply awesome level of punch.Figures like 0-62mph in under three seconds, an electronically limited top speed of 218mph and a price tag of £866,000 tell only part of the story.Thanks to a race-inspired Instant Power Assist System the P1 can blast on to 125mph in less than seven seconds and reach 185mph in just 17 seconds - and that's five seconds faster than the...

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THE goal's a simple one - to be the best driver's car in the world on road and track.And if any car manufacturer can pull off such a bold claim its Grand Prix icon McLaren.The Woking brand aims to use its first ever international motor show appearance in Paris later this month to preview its next generation ultimate supercar - the McLaren P1.Though it is officially being previewed as a design study there's not much doubt that the model, which takes much of its technological...

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McLAREN has lifted the lid on its new open-top supercar the 12C Spider.Seen as a rival to the Ferrari 458, this second model in the Woking company's MP4-12C family boasts a hard top folding roof that can be lowered on the move at up to 19mph.Beneath the bonnet is a 616bhp V8 twin turbo engine capable of blasting the McLaren from 0-62 in 3.1 seconds, to 100mph in a mere 6.0 and 124mph in 8.8, while top speed is 207mph.That power is transmitted to the car's rear wheels via a seven-speed...

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SUPERCAR performance has been given a power boost with a new series of refinements from F1 icon McLaren.The Woking firm says its MP4-12C model will, from this autumn, become even more invigorating to drive yet easier to live with.And if you're already lucky enough to own one of the £168,500 speedsters then rest assured you will get a complimentary upgrade to the latest spec.Headlining the changes is a power increase which takes the maximum output of the twin turbocharged V8 engine...

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TIMES might be tough but when the latest McLaren dealership opened its doors this week it did so secure in the knowledge that it had already taken deposits from more than 70 customers anxious to get their hands on one of the new £168,500, 200 mph supercars.The £5million luxury showroom on Stratford Road in Hockley Heath near Birmingham is one of just three in the UK selected to sell the McLaren MP4-12C carbon fibre sports car.Just 1,000 cars will be made in the first year for...

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MCLAREN'S new supercar, the MP4-12C is in full production at the company's £40 million new production centre at Woking in Surrey.The MP4-12C is the first of a future range of high-performance sports car which McLaren has planned for the next few years.The 205 mph McLaren will go sale in Europe in late-spring, North America, the Middle East, and South Africa through the summer and autumn, and Asia-Pacific towards the end of the year.Its sprint time from zero to 62 mph is a...

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BRITAIN'S home-grown supercar, the McLaren MP4-12C, will cost from £168,500 when it goes on sale next year.The 600bhp two seater, which has its roots in the company's celebrated F1 racing history, is priced to compete directly with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.With a carbon chassis and powered by a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 it can accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.It is due on sale in the spring with construction taking place at a purpose-built £40 million...

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A £6 million luxury car showroom is to be built in the Midlands to sell the new 200 miles-per-hour McLaren supercar.McLaren Birmingham will be located at Stratford Road, Hockley Heath and is one of just three dealerships due to open around the end of March next year to sell the £160,000-plus car.More than 50 people have already placed £15,000 deposits to secure the first cars and this week a number of leading industrialists arrived by helicopter to get their first view of the...

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MORE than 2,500 customers have expressed a serious interest in buying the much-heralded McLaren MP4-12C sports car.The model, from the world's newest car company the Woking-based McLaren Automotive, will go on sale next spring, though only 1,000 will be available in 2011.McLaren says that a full model range of around 4,000 high-performance sports cars will be produced in the UK annually by the middle of the decade.The home market will be represented by Rybrook in Birmingham, Jardine...

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