I have never quite understood the widespread accusations of dullness levelled at McLaren’s MP4-12C supercar. I think it springs from timid cultural conventions.
The thinking seems to go that the phenomenon of The Supercar - by which we really mean the Italian supercar - comes at a price; a price that those of us admitted to the inner sanctum accept as a rite of entry. We even boast about it. Supercars come with awkward boots, shocking blind spots, low-speed cussedness, stupid options lists, quirky transmissions, terrifying repair bills following minor mishaps, baffling control logic, and all the rest of it. The McLaren doesn’t really offer any of this, and therefore must be ‘a bit boring’.
Photos: Lee Brimble
This article originally appeared in the December 2012 edition of Top Gear magazine