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I've turned the internet upside down trying to locate pictures of cars done in Fire Black. Found a couple but not nearly enough to form an impression with.

Is the colour just so unpopular or am I looking in the wrong places? Any photos or links to some would be appreciated!
 

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There are not too many photos, but I'll try to pull together what I have seen this evening for you. None give a terribly great impression of the colour - it seems it is really one that has to be seen in person to fully appreciate.

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Thanks a lot. The challenges of colour selections seems to be a recurring theme for prospective owners. The Mclaren Orange is my favorite but not sure I'm ready to feel like a fish in a bowl!
 

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Not just that, but take a peek at those pics from the MTC that were recently released and just count the percentage of Orange cars in build. Buying a car like this I would rather take something more unique. There's no 'bad' colour on the chart but there will be some that don't find as many takers and that's what I'd go for.

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Thanks a lot. The challenges of colour selections seems to be a recurring theme for prospective owners. The Mclaren Orange is my favorite but not sure I'm ready to feel like a fish in a bowl!
If you want a black car and still want a touch of McLaren orange then go for the Fire Black. You really have to see it in person to get a sense of the color. Up close it is full of McLaren Orange fleck. You should get the fire black, it is very nice. :)

 

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Yes - another description I found on the web:

"Fire Black is essentially the same as Carbon Black but instead of the blue tint, it's red. In certain light it has a slight Coca-Cola look."

That final comment is certainly apparent when applied to a 12C in the Gran Turismo video game:



Moving on to real cars, here are the three best photos I've come across - I suspect you have already found them:



Long ago I did confirm with Dan Connell who is McLaren's Product PR Manager in the UK that PP11 was indeed painted "Fire Black" so any photos you see with that marking or wearing this plate will be the color. Here's some more of the car:



I suspect this is it too as the brakes and the interior match but the wheels have been swapped and the PP11 labeling is missing:



Here's some others that won't help much...



I have a line on two other sets of images but they were shared on a private forum and so I'll need permission before I can pass them along. But none of them are much better that the best you see here. It is quite clear this is a colour that needs to be seen in person. :)

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Actually dug a bit deeper and one of the sets was already in the public domain - shared by SCD on PistonHeads. These might be the best shots in bright sunlight where you pick up the flashes of the real colour at certain points. I just wish they were larger.





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Wow, thanks for your help. I think most people would do a double take because they're not quite sure what it is. I sense it's definitely one that needs to be seen in the flesh to fully appreciate.
 

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The thing is - Fire Black is NEVER going to represent in any photo taken from more than a few feet away. It's just too subtle. A pic taken close up MIGHT show up, but you'd have to carefully catch a sunlight glint line. Sitting in the sun, you see [basically] a black car as you walk up... ...but when you get about 6' away you start to see the real character show through. Fire Black is a great way to have subltety and drama in the same car.

It as quite a bit of depth, with bronze, gold and red metalflake. In anything but sunlight (or, say, under showroom lights), it's a black car (at night, on overcast days, etc.). But then the sun hits it and the amazing character shows.

As previously said, with a black/tan interior it is very very rich. I also think that McLaren Orange calipers behind stealth-finish wheels would accentuate the metalflake quite well.

In the end - until you see a car in person (or hold a sample in your hand) - you're unlikely to be able to tell what's going on with Fire Black.
 

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AND - it looks nothing like that shot from Gran Turismo. ...that is WAY over-saturated (and too brown, as well). The website configurator is better than it used to be a few months back, but it's still not representative.

Personally, if you like black I think you'll love Fire Black. YMMV, though, so if you're picky you really really HAVE to see a sample (or better, a car) - in the sunlight - before freezing your order.
 

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It would be a shame not to take advantage of one of the special paints offered by Mclaren and I'd say Fire Black qualifies as one of the most unique. It's stealth yet still offers some of the traditional orange. I look forward to seeing the sample. The next question would be caliper colour. Orange and silver seem to be the obvious choices for this combo.
 

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It would be a shame not to take advantage of one of the special paints offered by Mclaren and I'd say Fire Black qualifies as one of the most unique. It's stealth yet still offers some of the traditional orange. I look forward to seeing the sample. The next question would be caliper colour. Orange and silver seem to be the obvious choices for this combo.
Orange sounds good to me,with orange stitching in the cabin
 

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Fire Black should have orange calipers and orange space fabric, IMO. Silver would look okay but the orange may make the orange fleck in the paint stand out more.
 

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Believe it or not the color on the left is Fire Black.

 

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My dealer in USA says now that dealer demo's have arrIved
, customer cars can not be far behind. I ordered fire black with
carbon black leather and special diamond cut light wheels.
Once my car arrives I will post my impression of car color,
interior and wheelsp.
 

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Here's a few more photos taken during one of the customer preview drives in the UK that I've now been given permission to share. :)




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Thanks for all your help. Fire black it is with lightweight wheels (stealth) and orange calipers. Debating whether to go for the carbon front spoiler and diffuser as I worry the satin grey may have too much contrast against the paint. Almost every picture I've seen has carbon bits so I don't really know how the satin finish will look.
 

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Nice choice. Go for the carbon if you snot mind the extra coin. I think the carbon looks better but the front will likely show more wear and may need to be replaced. The rear diffuser is huge and that is a lot of nice carbon to show everyone behind you.
 
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