Sime Darby Motors subsidiary Sime Darby Auto Britannia has officially launched the McLaren Kuala Lumpur showroom, and with it, the MP4-12C Coupe and Spider models in Malaysia. And guess what took centre stage – the 913 PS/900 Nm McLaren P1!
Both the 12C Coupe and 12C Spider draw 625 PS and around 600 Nm of torque from a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 that’s connected to a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch gearbox. Both cars do the 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.1 seconds, but the coupe tops out at 333 km/h while the Spider maxes out at 329 km/h.
The 12C pair are now officially on sale in Malaysia, priced from RM2.036 million (Coupe) and RM2.2 million (Spider), taxes included.
The P1‘s hybrid powertrain involves a 737 PS/720 Nm 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 and a 179 PS/260 Nm electric motor, yielding a total system output of 913 PS and 900 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h takes 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h takes 6.8 and 0-300 km/h takes 16.5 (5.5 seconds faster than the McLaren F1). The P1 hits the electronic buffers at 350 km/h. Full specs here.
Only 375 examples of the McLaren F1 successor will be built though, and we’re told approximately 350 orders have already been confirmed worldwide. Want one? That’ll be 866,000 pounds (RM4.437 million), please. Starting price. Before tax.
McLaren KL is Sime Darby Motors’ third partnership with the British company after McLaren Hong Kong and McLaren Shanghai. Malaysia is McLaren’s seventh market in the Asia-Pacific region, and McLaren KL will be the marque’s 41st retail location globally.
The KL showroom, located at Menara Mudajaya in Mutiara Damansara, will be supported by a two-bay service centre in Temasya Industrial Park, Glenmarie. The service centre staff have been professionally trained at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, UK. Additionally, a vehicle adoption policy allows existing McLaren owners in Malaysia to maintain their cars with an authorised service centre.
“Asia, including Malaysia, has an ever-growing pool of high-net worth individuals who are becoming more and more astute in the way they invest, especially in their passion,” said McLaren Automotive Asia sales manager Sven J Ritter. “This provides a fascinating opportunity for a brand like McLaren.”
Also on display was a red, white and blue-liveried McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition. The track-ready special’s unrestricted 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 engine develops 630 hp. Features include black satin-finished forged lightweight alloys wrapped in Pirelli racing rubber, a full FIA-approved roll-cage, a McLaren GT steering wheel carried over from the 12C GT3 and a lot more carbon fibre.