It has become a tradition in the automotive world to celebrate anniversaries with one or two special edition models. And so in its 50th anniversary McLaren released special versions of the 12C and 12C Spider models to celebrate the bugger. Thing is, they only get a couple of subtle visual features that are not really that special at all.
You get three special colors of Carbon Black, Supernova Silver or heritage McLaren Orange, complemented with carbon fiber detailing, a special front bumper from McLaren Special Operations (MSO) catalog, and some new badges.
These models come with a set of bespoke McLaren 50 Ultra Lightweight wheels finished in Satin Black, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear, behind which you will find the new carbon ceramic braking system ith 394x36mm discs at the front, and 380x34mm at the rear. This is the most significant feature of the 50th anniversary special edition package.
As for the interior, the most remarkable feature is an anniversary dedication plate on the driver’s door, and you also get full leather upholstery and some nice details such as carbon fiber trims and special floor mats.
Each special edition 12C comes with a monogrammed black and silver car cover, limited edition key, carbon fibre presentation key box and a specially commissioned print signed by McLaren Automotive Design Director, Frank Stephenson. Maybe those will help you justify the £196,000 (hardtop) and £215,500 (Spider) price tags.
McLaren will build 50 units of each model. No performance upgrades are made to these cars.