By Mike Torpey on 2013-05-24 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
A COMMEMORATIVE supercar celebrating 50 years of McLaren's race-winning technology is to hit the streets for a princely Â£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 Â£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 September.
They have been produced by McLaren Special Operations and include a remodelled front bumper to increase downforce and look more visually dynamic.
Its lower section,framing the air intakes, is constructed from carbon fibre while the front floor is made from race-derived carbon Kevlar. Above the bumper, a black McLaren F1-inspired heritage badge, previously only available to MSO clients, is also fitted on the bonnet.
As standard, the McLaren 50 12C and 12C Spider models are fitted with the carbon ceramic brake upgrade plus bespoke McLaren 50 Ultra Lightweight wheels finished in Satin Black.
Inside, there's a full leather upgrade while branding to the carbon fibre sill panel and floor mats is complemented by an anniversary dedication plate on the driver's door to highlight the limited run.
Three colour finishes - Carbon Black, Supernova Silver or heritage McLaren Orange - are available and each car will have a monogrammed black and silver car cover, limited edition key, carbon fibre presentation key box and a specially commissioned print signed by McLaren design director Frank Stephenson.
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