To make space for the newly launched 650S (check in later this week for our driving impression from the international launch), McLaren has chosen to discontinue the 12C and 12C Spider after three years of production.
Current 12C owners will be offered a free Technology Upgrade available from June. This package of upgrades will offer new Active Aero software which will allow the 12C’s existing Airbrake to sense different driving scenarios, deploying to improve stability when lifting off the throttle or cresting a hill – this is in addition to the usual Airbrake position under heavy braking. The new system also includes a DRS (Drag Reduction System) mode which lowers the wing when driving at speed in a straight line, improving high-speed aerodynamics.
The Technology Upgrade also includes improvements to functionality and usability of the Android-based IRIS multimedia system. Later 12C models (with door buttons) will further benefit from an external control to lower the windows, to aid easier access in confined spaces.
In addition to this free upgrade, McLaren will also offer a special price on two new features introduced with the 650S: a reversing camera and DAB radio.