McLaren has unveiled the full specs sheet for its upcoming McLaren MP4-12C sports car. Under the hood is a longitudinally mid engine installed 3.8 litre V8 that not only redlines at 8,500rpm, but does so with twin turbochargers. No direct injection though. Peak power is 600 PS at 7,000rpm and peak torque is 600Nm from just 3,000rpm all the way up to 7,000rpm – this should be one seriously thrilling engine to both drive and listen to!
The all-aluminium engine has 4 valves per cylinder and a dry sump to help it cope with lubricate requirements during hard driving. Conventional port injection and high boost calls for a low compression ratio of 8.7:1. A large bore to stroke ratio of 93mm to 69.9mm contributes to the engine’s ability to rev high. The engine is mated to a 7-speed “SSG” transmission.
0 to 100km/h takes just 3.3 seconds, and you can shave a further 0.2 seconds off if you use the PZero Corsa tyre option as the car comes standard with mixed size PZeros – 235/35R19 at the front and 305/30R20 at the rear.
Look after the jump for a video of the MP4-12C.