The flow of information is fascinating.
It is noteworthy that @unmac
-- who ordered his car after me -- has already been given a new build date, while I remain completely in the dark. @unmac
is a longtime McLaren patron that currently owns a P1, Siena, 765, etc, will be receiving a 750 next year, and likely ordered the Artura solely as a favor to his dealer to maintain his good standing and ensure that he receives the P1 replacement, with no desire to actually drive the Artura on any regular basis. In his IG Stories, @unmac
regularly discusses the importance of purchasing pedestrian models in order to secure access to the highly desirable, limited production hypercars, and that is surely what motivated his Artura order. In contrast, I am a new McLaren customer who ordered the Artura as my sole supercar for daily driving. I ordered the car before @unmac
. I am the exact customer that McLaren targeted with the Artura, to convert former 911TT owners and thereby expand McLaren's customer base. Yet, McLaren appears to be prioritizing @unmac
over me. To be clear, I do not blame @unmac
. He is merely playing the game. That said, if McLaren prioritizes its loyal customers like @unmac
, and leaves new customers like me holding the bag, McLaren will squander its opportunity to expand its customer base and many new potential McLaren customers with Arturas on order will go back to our former safe havens.
One more anecdote. My wife also test drove an Artura and she loved it. She currently drives a Miami Blue 991.2 911. She loved the Artura so much that we were contemplating getting his and hers. She chose the color of my Artura. For the past year, we both have been excited to add a McLaren to our garage. This was a big deal for both of us -- a family affair. When I first told her about the further delay, she tried to persuade me to wait. She loves the Artura so much that she wanted me to be without a car for 6 - 12 months waiting for the Artura. She offered up her 911 to me during the interim. I declined. Then, as I updated her on the evolving information and she further contemplated the issue, she became angry at McLaren. She correctly observed that, while supercar delays are common, McLaren commenced customer deliveries and we had a confirmed FOC date. Throughout November, we were assured a December delivery. The delays were behind us. We relied upon this information, including to sell my prior car during November, after the FOC date. Now, my wife is angry that we are being left in the lurch. Notwithstanding how much she loves the Artura, she now wants me to buy an F8. The dream of his and her Arturas is long gone. I am waiting until next week before deciding how to proceed. If I decide to stick it out with McLaren, I am going to have to bring my wife back into the fold.