FrontRunners: McLaren

    Launched in 1992, the McLaren F1 was a standout among supercars. But after a production run of just 107 vehicles, the model reached the end of the line in 1998. Now, however, the British racing brand is back—and is planning to build about 1,000 examples of its new 2011 McLaren MP4-12C (www.mclarenautomotive.com).

    McLaren engineered, designed, and is building the MP4-12C entirely in-house. (The F1 used a BMW V-12 engine.) Equipped with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 power plant, the car will produce 600 hp and 433 ft lbs of torque. A carbon-fiber-chassis design will help make the MP4-12C one of the lightest sports cars on the market, as well as one of the fastest: It promises to reach 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 200 mph. Priced from $234,000, the MP4-12C should compete for buyers with the forthcoming Ferrari 458 Italia.

    Photo by 2015 Mercedes-Benz
    Replete with passenger amenities, the car offers a relative value for those who prefer to be driven…
    Perhaps its most visually striking feature is its robotically controlled doors that fold up 90...
    The German carmaker has made changes to increase the car’s performance and bring greater tech...
    The car’s design is based on that of the 1967 33 Stradale, which is valued at over $10 million...
    Photo by Mercedes-Benz USA
    Based on the road-going GT sports car, the GT3 was developed to comply with FIA GT3 race...
    The Aero 8’s improved comfort, convenience, and safety should make for Morgan’s best open-air...
    Photo by Olivier Staub
    Robb Report takes the new and improved three-wheeler for a spin on the roads of Malibu, Calif.…
    With a new, contemporary design, this is not your grandfather’s Continental…
    Performance and style have perhaps never converged so beautifully as they did in European...
    In May, the home of the American automobile will host three days of films, discussion panels, and...