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Finished in White with a Carbon Black leather interior Supplied new to Hong Kong in right-hand drive Just 6,000 miles from new and freshly serviced at McLaren Bristol Accompanied by V5c and MOT tested until 2nd April 2019 The MP4-12C is McLaren's first production car since the legendary McLaren F1. Designed by Frank Stephenson, who also styled the Ferrari F430 and the new Mini, the MP4-12C was launched in 2011 and is built using a great deal of technology from McLaren's Formula One program. For example, a Formula One-style carbon tub, known as a 'Carbon Mono Cell', forms the basis of the car's chassis and weighs only 80 kg. In addition, the engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox allowing for seamless gear changes. Even the name 'MP4-12C' is an homage to McLaren's Formula One history, as every chassis since 1981 has been labelled MP4. The 3.8-litre bi-turbo V8 is breathtaking delivering 592bhp at 7,000rpm and 600Nm of torque. Combine that with a kerb weight of only 1,301kg (the Ferrari 458 Italia tips the scales at 1,380kg), and performance is simply sensational. McLaren claims the MP4-12C can sprint from 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds, however where the McLaren blows its rivals away, though, is in acceleration to 125mph. The 458 takes 10.4 seconds, but in its hottest trim, the MP4-12C does it in 8.9 seconds - only the far more expensive Bugatti Veyron is faster. These numbers beat even Ferrari's best Enzo, too. The 12c's 6.1-second 0-100mph time is faster than McLaren's original, more powerful F1 road car - a testament to the traction control and slick seven-speed gearbox. The beautifully engineered cantilever wing doors look fantastic, but it's the McLaren ProActive Chassis Control (MPCC) that steals the show. Whilst many manufacturers offer adaptive systems, this revolutionary set-up puts the McLaren ahead of its rivals. On the left of the narrow centre console is a dial marked 'H' (for handling), which allows you to switch the suspension, steering and electronic stability control between Normal, Sport and Track modes. A similar dial on the right wears a 'P' (for powertrain), and it has the same modes to tweak the response of the gearshifts, engine, and (somewhat indulgently) manage the sound of the power plant in the cabin. Thanks to the large carbon ceramic brakes (optional), and the spectacular rear Air Brake flap, stopping power is superb. The handling is awesome, too. In addition to MPCC, the MP4-12C gets McLaren's rear-wheel Brake Steer system - which brakes the inside wheel, if necessary, to keep you on course. On the exit of tight bends, Brake Steer then also jumps in to minimise time-wasting wheelspin and correctional control inputs. Unbelievably for a car of this nature, the MP4-12C's fuel efficiency and emissions are unbeatable in this class, emitting less CO2 per horsepower than a Toyota Prius hybrid! The MP4-12C is a remarkable product from a remarkable company. It distils the values of the McLaren brand - technological expertise, efficiency and sheer speed - into a stunningly useable package. This particular 2012 McLaren MP4-12C was ordered new in right-hand and delivered to Hong Kong. However, it was not registered there and remained in a private collection before returning to the UK and being registered here in September 2018. The car is in standard specification and is finished in White with a Carbon Black leather interior. In December 2018, the car was sent to McLaren Bristol where it received a service and is now showing 6,000 miles on the odometer. All taxes paid and now supplied with a UK V5c and MOT tested until 2nd April 2019, this car represents an opportunity to own one of the world's more competent and seamless supercars.