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Mansory unveil their take on the McLaren MP4-12C

We really wish they hadn't bothered...

Just when you thought it was safe to go to Geneva, Mansory has released the first images and details of their tuning package for the McLaren MP4-12C which will be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

As is customary with Mansory, they have decided that their ‘stylists’ are much better than McLaren’s and have (in their words) ‘improved’ the looks of the stunning British Supercar. At the front there is a front bumper similar in design to the original, but with added carbon fibre sections, more daytime running LEDs and a large carbon splitter. There are also large vents at the sides ahead of the front wheels. The bonnet is also new, made of carbon fibre and sports a ridge that runs down the centre. There are carbon fibre side skirts that sit lower than the stock items along with a large vent ahead of the rear wheels to accompany the engine intake. The roof panel is carbon fibre as are the wing mirrors and there are vents atop all 4 wheelarches, which are extended outwards.

There is a large carbon rear wing that emulates the MP4-12C GT3 racer, but we’re not sure how this fits in with the standard car’s hydraulic wing which acts as an air brake, presumably it’s deactivated. The rear bumper gets a more aggressive diffuser, extra vents and the exhaust now has 4 outlets. The Mansory offering rides on custom 20” alloy wheels. Overall we see where they were going with the look – to try and emulate the GT3 racer for the road – but we really wish they hadn’t. In typical Mansory style it just looks like a dog’s dinner. In fact, most dogs’ dinners look better than this.

Mansory has also worked on the interior, although we are yet to be treated to photos showcasing this aspect. We are told it includes a new airbag sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and real carbon-fibre elements.

The centrepiece of their upgrade revolves around the 3.8-litre twin turbo engine and its thirst for more power. Mansory has installed their high-performance exhaust system, a new engine-management system and a sports air filter that increases airflow.

It results in a power boost that brings total power output to 660 bhp  and 498 lb/ft of torque as well as an increased top speed of 219 mph. We can only hope that Mansory committed as much time as McLaren did in the wind tunnel to testing the aerodynamic properties of their new body parts, though we seriously doubt it. We’ll just say that we wouldn’t really want to be in a car that has had the aerodynamics messed around with so much at 219 mph…

More specs will be released on 6th March, though in all honesty we’ll probably save you the horror and not bother posting them.

Images courtesy of Mansory

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more