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In January, a very special and previously unknown McLaren MP4-12C was found inside a luxury car dealership in Miami without details or fanfare.
Known as the McLaren MP4-12C HS (for High Sport), it immediately grabbed our attention with its dramatic aero enhancements, rear wing, and wheels. McLaren also managed squeezed an additional 75-hp, bumping the performance of its 3.8-liter V8 engine. Unfortunately, McLaren only built 5 High Sport models and all have already been spoken for.
As small consolation, the official photographer of McLaren Special Operations just shared new images from a photo session with all five examples. Check it out!
GALLERY: MP4-12C HS
A bit of a surprise has appeared on the Internet, with a McLaren MP4-12C High Sport model making an appearance at The Collection in Miami, Florida. The McLaren MP4-12C HS features improved aerodynamics inspired by their GT3 racecar which allows the MP4-12C to benefit from extra boost safely, increasing horsepower by 75 from the factory’s 592-hp.
The aero package includes a new front bumper, rear bumper, enlarged vents, bigger diffuser and a modified rear wing to go along with its new wheels. As a result, the intercoolers get plenty more cool air allowing McLaren the ability to safely turn up the boost for the extra horsepower. Only five HS models will be built according to McLaren and two have already been spoken for: one to the crown prince of Bahrain and one to McLaren chairman Ron Dennis.
We wish we knew what the MP4-12C HS retails for, but we’re guessing if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. With its extremely limited availability and the fact that it’s even more radically tuned than the standard MP4-12C, they’ll be hard to come across and will be a true collector’s item. Hopefully we’ll see one end up on the track to see just how it fares compared to the standard model.
Check out the video after the break.