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The McLaren MP4-12C lacks 'soul' - Tweaks before first deliveries will happen

By Rigval on 27 Jul 2011

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Fact: The first few McLaren MP4-12C supercars will be delivered during the third and fourth weeks of July 2011.
Fact: McLaren has already made some changes to the cars that are to be delivered.

Imagine that, some important, very last minute tweaks right before the first few customers receive their McLaren MP4-12C and McLaren says that these were necessary to increase the “emotional appeal” of the car. In short, the car lacks soul, the car lacks the required sense of occasion.

Quite right if I may say so myself. Most of the reviews I've read on this supercar somehow say that it lacks that special “Ooomph” that almost every other automotive journalist says that is in abundance in its arch rival, the Ferrari 458 Italia. You see, a supercar isn't just about scissor doors or bright orange paintwork but the whole package. If you took the 458 Italia, you'd see that it has something the Macca hasn't. Soul. And heritage which that prancing horse seems to have in dollops.

Of course, you could engineer 'soul' into the car and this is what McLaren will be doing to all MP4-12Cs after this. The main changes to the car centers around a sharper throttle response and a better exhaust note. Somehow these two items add 'soul' to a car, according to McLaren and a whole lot of automotive magazines that stated that the MP4-12C lacked drama and occasion as it was too quiet and somewhat clinical in its approach. For £168,500, you'd want a whole lot of soul and a little less sensibility (it IS a supercar - it shouldn't be sensible like a Ford Focus).

I have to say that these days it must be pretty hard to engineer a proper exhaust note that would make a motorhead's knees go weak. Even the 458 Italia which is still king of the 'small' supercars sounds quite lame compared to the older F430 which in turn sounds muted compared to the earlier 360 Modena WHICH in turn sounds absolutely insignificant against the earlier Ferrari F355 pictured below.

And that folks, is what soul really is. A 1990s Ferrari V8 on song. Hmm. Isn't this article about the McLaren MP4-12C?

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Rigval
Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.



 
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