What’s Ron Dennis been up to lately? Building the world’s greatest super car according to McLaren. The Forbes Lifestyle reporter Hannah Elliott had a chance to catch up with McLaren’s managing director Antony Sheriff this weekend to discuss the new MP4-12C. Actually she got to sit in it according to her gracious reply to my Direct Message via Twitter. She said it has lots of headroom for those taller folks of means.

You can check out her details and nice story over at Forbes. The car does look amazing and it is certainly a marriage between the McLaren road car division and their F1 department. We’ve talked at length about how F1 translates to road cars and perhaps Ferrari and McLaren exemplify that marriage better than anyone else.

The car promises to have a super car price tag but my favorite quote from Ms. Elliott’s story regarding the steep price was:

That won’t be a problem for the buyers it’ll attract—it’s not an either-or car, it’s an “and” car, as Sheriff likes to say: guys in this price bracket don’t have to choose whether to get the MP4-12C or the Ferrari F430–they’ll just get both.

Someone has to pay for that F1 division don’t they? You can check out the details of the car here. What do you think? You like the MP4-12C? If I’m honest, I’m partial to the Ferrari 599XX.

The car is not on sale yet in the states but I imagine Dennis will be pleased with the timing of a USGP returning in 2012. Just in time to start selling McLaren’s in America!

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Clutchless
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Clutchless

Can’t really compare the Mc and the XX, one is a race car made street legal the other was built from the ground up to be the ultimate street and race car. Don’t get me wrong I love the looks and sound of the XX but it’s just a different kind of vehicle. Comparing it to the 599GTO is more reasonable IMO.

SR
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SR

Its competition is the 458 Italia, not the 599 series.

Steven
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Steven

You know, this guy is right. If I had that kind of money I’d buy the Ferrari because of the mystique, every car lover needs to drive a Ferrari at least once, but I’d get the MP4-12C to because it ISNT a Ferrari.

Anybody want to rob a bank? Ill be the getaway driver on my 335I…

nofahz
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nofahz

The 599xx is awesome but its a track car. The MP4-12C at least looks like you could take it on a road trip. Not that anyone who owned one would ever do that. They’d park it in their climate controlled facility right next to their (one of only 100) McLaren F1.

Tony Greene
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Tony Greene

Doesn’t have the looks of the F1, in my opinion. Don’t know that anything ever will.

mini696
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mini696

ITs a McLaren… I love it… I want one.

habibif1
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habibif1

not the sexiest car out there. I would go for the 458 Italia. I saw one driving past the Ferrari dealership the other day and got weak in the knees. It is an unbelievably gorgeous looking car

olderguysrule
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olderguysrule

paint it red and it would look like a real super car. :>)))