2012 McLaren MP4-12C avoids gas-guzzler tax in the United States

The 2012 McLaren MP4-12C has managed to avoid federal gas-guzzler tax, an unlikely move for a supercar . However, the automaker is still ironing out creases in terms of ‘quality issues,’ which has caused the launch to be delayed to early January in the United States. Originally, the MP4-12C was supposed to go on sale in late summer.

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According to the EPA, the 2012 McLaren MP-14 12C returns an estimated fuel-economy of 15/22 mpg (city/highway).

The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide returns 13/19 mpg, while the Lamborghini Aventador returns 11/17 mpg. Both supercars are subject to the federal gas-guzzler tax.

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“It was a big achievement,” said Tony Joseph, director of McLaren’s North American Operation, in a interview with Inside Line. “(Gas prices) are not a buying consideration, but it allows us to say we’re an innovative company.”

Refresher: The 2012 McLaren Mp4-12C is powered by a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 making 592-hp at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 443 lb-ft between 3,000 rpm to 7,000 rpm. That allows the McLaren MP4-12C to run from 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds with a top speed clocked in at 205 mph. The Corsa tire option shaves 0.2 seconds off the 0-62 mph time. 0 to 124 mph takes 9.1 seconds and with the Corsa tire option that goes down by 0.2 seconds. The quarter mile run takes the McLaren MP4-12C  10.9 seconds at 134 mph. Stopping from 62 mph can happen in 100 feet. Price start at $231,400.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Inside Line