There’s some irony in a racing version of a street-legal car getting its own street-legal version—but there’s never anything wrong with welcoming an even faster supercar into the world. And now the McLaren MP4-12C GT3, a car with a name seemingly handpicked from a bag of Scrabble pieces, will be getting its own license-plated edition.
The racing version of the “base model” MP4 supercar was just introduced to tackle the GT3 class. A street-legal version would follow in the footsteps of the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. And what will owners get for their price premium? Less weight, fewer creature comforts, more liberally slathered carbon fiber appointments, and an air of track-tested exclusivity, just like the aforementioned models.
McLaren recently announced that they will introduce a new model every year for the next 5 years. So does this count? Well, if McLaren follows through on their promise to build a range-topping F1 successor by 2014, then we will let this slide.
GALLERY: McLaren MP4-12C GT3