McLaren Mp4-12C

Supercar Review

When it comes to supercars you have some choices, but most would say Ferrari or Lamborghini. But now, mere mortals could almost, yes, almost, afford the new McLaren MP4-12C after the success of the McLaren F1 many years ago. The F1 was unfortunately made in very limited numbers and only for the very fortunate.

Similar to staring at Scarlett Johansson, just looking at a supercar is a highly emotive experience and all kinds of feelings bubble to the surface. The McLaren is also pretty, but more importantly it oozes tons of sex appeal — and like Scarlett, the McLaren has the all right curves in all the right places.

The best part of the vehicle is the way the doors open! They are called dihedral doors and make this car look like it’s going at a million miles an hour even when parked. And guess what? In December South Africa will get the first Spiders — and they still have those awesome doors!

Similar to staring at Scarlett Johansson, just looking at a supercar is a highly emotive experience and all kinds of feelings bubble to the surface.

I was very fortunate to test this car on the road and then got a couple of laps at Kyalami. Now I could be rude here but will restrict my comment to ‘blistering barnacles’ because this car is fast (460 kilowatts and 600 Newton meters), even at altitude. And the twin-turbos give you tunnel vision, which is very intoxicating!

In some publications this vehicle received some unkind words — things like “clinical handling”. This is true, but push this car to the edge and it starts communicating beautifully and becomes quite a handful, which is good — no it’s great! You could drive this car everyday and attempt to be civilised, but to be honest, in a car like this civilised is not an option, hooligan is. In the interests of the JMPD, I had to restrain myself as all I wanted to do is floor it!

So yes, I want a new Spider in volcano yellow and I am planning to sell dates with Scarlett to unsuspecting guys on EBay to fund the purchase. So if you know Scarlet, please send me her number and put in a good word for me with the JMPD!