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I registered my interest in September 2009 and placed my deposit as per McL request in Nov 2010 and was told Sept 2011 delivery.

Delivery is now out to Dec 2011

What are other buyers experience?

Not bitching just itching! Wonder if the Premiership and Beckinesters are getting in ahead of ordinary Joe? Ferrari keep knocking at my door but.........

See that a Volcano Red is on the latest GT promo Vidio on Utube.
 

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First time I’ve seen the MP4-12C in red and assume it’s the Volcano Red.

My dealer has said that Volcano Red car looks fantastic in the flesh and it is currently my most probable choice.

That said, I was a little underwhelmed by it in the video, which whilst not that hi-res, it didn’t stand out like the Volcano orange.

Off to MTC next week to spec my car and so hopefully can see many different variants.

Will also query delays and when the MPC is due to be finished.

Would love the hydraulic jacks to be an option on the road car!
 

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Zippy. interested to hear your views on colours and interior options after your visit.

Seems to me seeing the car in the flesh is so different from images.

I've now seen various greys(good but a bit yesterday) silvers, good ( a bit last week ) blue - not to my taste ( a bit of a Smarty blue) white, very good but Volcano Orange seems just about right but will you tire of it?

I know one guy who has specced Ferrari Red at some massive cost!!!! Wonder what Ron's view is?

Do you go for silver or dark wheels?

Anyway let us know!
 

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Birmingham McLaren, David Tibbetts.

Off topic, but is your username also your registration?

Used to have a GTS myself – great car and tried to buy E355 GTS, but the Scottish Vauxhall Nova owner sussed out its relevance and wanted far too much.

Through greed she probably never sold it and missed her opportunity when the 360 came along.

Greetings Roundincircles

When Landrover launched the Sport a few years back their press car was a lovely metallic orange and I’ve liked bright metallic orange ever since.

What was stopping me from getting Volcano Orange was that it would be “too common”.

But with such limited numbers in the UK, it won’t be like you are passing another every day.

Having played safe and boring with a Tungsten Silver Aston, it has paid off now its time to sell.

So I’m now pretty certain that I will go with the Volcano Orange, particularly as it appears to have more red in it than the launch car seen last July.

I think it will become the McLaren signature colour, just like Rosso for Ferrari.

Never been a fan on dark/black wheels, so expect to be going for (non stealth) lightweight ones.

That said, I do like the standard ones and will be interested to know what difference the greater un-sprung weight has on handling and whether it will ever be relevant to the type of use I will put the car to – road only, no track work.

Roll on Wednesday
 

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Hi F355 GTS

Birmingham McLaren, David Tibbetts.

Off topic, but is your username also your registration?

Used to have a GTS myself – great car and tried to buy E355 GTS, but the Scottish Vauxhall Nova owner sussed out its relevance and wanted far too much.

Through greed she probably never sold it and missed her opportunity when the 360 came along.

Greetings Roundincircles

When Landrover launched the Sport a few years back their press car was a lovely metallic orange and I’ve liked bright metallic orange ever since.

What was stopping me from getting Volcano Orange was that it would be “too common”.

But with such limited numbers in the UK, it won’t be like you are passing another every day.

Having played safe and boring with a Tungsten Silver Aston, it has paid off now its time to sell.

So I’m now pretty certain that I will go with the Volcano Orange, particularly as it appears to have more red in it than the launch car seen last July.

I think it will become the McLaren signature colour, just like Rosso for Ferrari.

Never been a fan on dark/black wheels, so expect to be going for (non stealth) lightweight ones.

That said, I do like the standard ones and will be interested to know what difference the greater un-sprung weight has on handling and whether it will ever be relevant to the type of use I will put the car to – road only, no track work.

Roll on Wednesday
most cars in the uk are black and silver according to the dealers,so there are only a handfull of us that have ordered the VO,join the club!!!!
 

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Hi F355 GTS

Birmingham McLaren, David Tibbetts.

Off topic, but is your username also your registration?

Used to have a GTS myself – great car and tried to buy E355 GTS, but the Scottish Vauxhall Nova owner sussed out its relevance and wanted far too much.

Through greed she probably never sold it and missed her opportunity when the 360 came along.

Greetings Roundincircles

When Landrover launched the Sport a few years back their press car was a lovely metallic orange and I’ve liked bright metallic orange ever since.

What was stopping me from getting Volcano Orange was that it would be “too common”.

But with such limited numbers in the UK, it won’t be like you are passing another every day.

Having played safe and boring with a Tungsten Silver Aston, it has paid off now its time to sell.

So I’m now pretty certain that I will go with the Volcano Orange, particularly as it appears to have more red in it than the launch car seen last July.

I think it will become the McLaren signature colour, just like Rosso for Ferrari.

Never been a fan on dark/black wheels, so expect to be going for (non stealth) lightweight ones.

That said, I do like the standard ones and will be interested to know what difference the greater un-sprung weight has on handling and whether it will ever be relevant to the type of use I will put the car to – road only, no track work.

Roll on Wednesday

Not my reg but had one when I started posting on forums years ago so continued using the name.

Only reason i asked about which dealer is we were told by London it was not possible to go to the MTC to spec a car but it seems Birmingham can organise it
 

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Pretty much decided on VO as seems to work best on shape but will limit resell I'm sure. Can not get excited by other colours despite wanting to like red.

McL London will organise MTC spec visits but they have to book with Mclaren.
 

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Pretty much decided on VO as seems to work best on shape but will limit resell I'm sure. Can not get excited by other colours despite wanting to like red.

McL London will organise MTC spec visits but they have to book with Mclaren.

They wouldn't for me giving the excuse that it was right in the middle of F1 development however I know others went during the period, not surprised though, frankly the whole buying experience has been shocking poor. Hopefully, for others, they will get better with time
 

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F355GTS. Now the manufacturing plant is finished McL have got their ( maybe improved) act together and are accepting bookings but only 4 weeks ahead so I know priority is given in order of delivery but when spending £200k you are entitled to be treated kie a customer!!!!! Beggars belief.
 

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Interesting!

I was keen on ordering a car but wanted to sit in it beforehand and at least try it for size. I am 6' 2" and my current Gallardo SL only just fits me in.

Birmingham is my nearest dealer and I asked them in March if they could sort out sitting in the car. At the time, it was all too difficult and they told me I would have to wait for their demo to arrive in May.

I then spoke to Manchester and they got me half a day at the MTC straight away. I loved the car and the day after the visit, their man took the trouble to make a 100 mile round trip to see me at my office and sign up the order paperwork. Thats what I call service!

Car is due Q4 2012 and will be McL Orange with all lightweight and carbon options.
 

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I am 6' 2" AND fitted in OK even, maybe , with a crash helmet but that was a pre-production and I know that seats often change in make-up so............it seems OK
 

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Thanks for that comment roundincircles. I do not live anywhere remotely close to the nearest dealer and haven't yet taken the time to go and see one to see if I fit in.

Someone 6' 5" would need to fit for me to be able to be comfortable under the roof. So if 6' 2" + crash helmet fits, it might just work for me.

I never had a problem fitting into 911s but an Aston Martin DB9 is an absolute no go for me.
 

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One problem could be that the headrail restricts view, although I am 6'2" I have short legs at 31" and long back and felt the headrail was 'nearly' in the way of my vision. Guess you have to sit in one. The London showroom opens in a few weeks.
 

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One problem could be that the headrail restricts view, although I am 6'2" I have short legs at 31" and long back and felt the headrail was 'nearly' in the way of my vision. Guess you have to sit in one. The London showroom opens in a few weeks.
Was good for me at 6'2" and 33" leg! Plenty of headroom and surprisingly roomy all around. You sit close to the passenger compared to a Lambo but it feels fine.
 

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One problem could be that the headrail restricts view, although I am 6'2" I have short legs at 31" and long back and felt the headrail was 'nearly' in the way of my vision. Guess you have to sit in one. The London showroom opens in a few weeks.
Never actually measured my legs but pants with a leg size below 36-37" are too short for me and for my length my back is very long.

Have been trying to figure out what exactly Mclaren means with "accommodates the 98th percentile of adults in comfort" but I guess I am outside that 98th percentile.

Guess you are right I should go sit in one. Problem is that a trip to a dealer would take me about 2 days out of my office and I am pretty swamped in my business at the moment.

Have been in touch with a dealer and I think I will get an invitation for a drive at some point after they get their demonstrator cars.

Hopefully I will fit comfortably. If not maybe the sports seats will result in a bit of extra headroom. Otherwise I guess no choice but to go for a spider :D
 

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I’ve been reliably informed that they delay in the delivery of the first customer cars will likely to be eight weeks, but even McLaren can’t be sure at this stage.

A lot of late night candle burning is going on right now due to being let down by one of it’s suppliers that just couldn’t deliver the technology.

Given the immensity of the project, new car, new production facility, new dealership network, etc., they have done well to get this far.

McLaren must be mightily disappointed that such a relatively small component is holding up the whole show.
 

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I’ve been reliably informed that they delay in the delivery of the first customer cars will likely to be eight weeks, but even McLaren can’t be sure at this stage.

A lot of late night candle burning is going on right now due to being let down by one of it’s suppliers that just couldn’t deliver the technology.

Given the immensity of the project, new car, new production facility, new dealership network, etc., they have done well to get this far.

McLaren must be mightily disappointed that such a relatively small component is holding up the whole show.
can you elaborate.......what component:confused:
 
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