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This must be a product of the new marketing firm they hired, because the production level is incredible. Turn speakers up!

 

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Fantastic, just like my daily commute :)

This one is filmed in various locations in the UAE. I suspect the desert scenes are filmed on the approach to Qasr Al Sarab which is a plush resort in (not surprisingly) the desert. There was a lot of sand drifting across the road when we were there so they definitely put a lot of effort into getting the definition between the road and the dunes. The mosque is the Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi (a must see for anyone passing through) and the city scenes flip between Dubai and Abu Dhabi (I think).

Yas is a great circuit and I was fortunate enough to have some time driving it in my car (with instructor) courtesy of the McLaren folks followed by a couple of flying laps as a passenger with Chris Goodwin .... the guy is a legend, top bloke and superb talent. I suspect these flying laps were in the same car as in the video.
 

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That is a very cool video!! Yaz is truly a world class F1 circuit!
 

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WOW!! Not THAT is a spectacular video. I cant imagine anyone in the middle east with the means being able to not buy one of these after watching that. Well done. And yes....Chris Goodwin is a legend.
 

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Interesting.

McLaren Automotive seem to have a Middle East specific marketing campaign to 'introduce' the brand to our region. Brand awareness, relative to the traditional Italian houses, is relatively low. They've released a video in Arabic 'outlining its exciting plans for the company in a film entitled: 'Our Vision''.

They're ticking the correct Gulf specific boxes to get units moving in the Middle East.

I've been in contact with Ahmed from the Jeddah branch. Passionate. They seem to enjoy the additional challenge of founding the brand image against the more established competitors within the region.

Emphasis is on the 12C's ability to change character into GT-like levels of comfort, exclusivity, and a regional must: the high degree of personalization available via MSO.
 

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Although I haven't asked about the regional allocation figures, we seem to have the shortest waiting period: four months. It'll be interesting to see how long that status will sustain.
 

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I really don't think that's a good sign. 4 months is far too short for such a supercar so fresh in the market :rolleyes:
I do not know the precise mechanics behind the factory list. Impression is that spots are allocated on a regional basis.

I wouldn't make too many insinuations of regional demand based our short waiting list. It's a brand that's 'new' to most. I'm quite sure that in a year or so the wait-period will acquiesce to the global standard.

We have a few characteristics unique to our market:

Cars are sold by word of mouth. It is critical for regional sales to have a few wheels on the ground, and quick.

Ride comfort. McLaren's wide-ranging driving dynamics will allow it to compete in the mid-engined sports and the GrandTouring segments. Emphasis will be on attracting customers who would traditionally opt for an Aston, a Bentley Continental, or a 911 Turbo. I would not be surprised if regional automotive literature compares the 12C with a DBS and ContiSuperSport instead of the 458 and Gallardo.

Wait times. Gulf region wait-lists tend to be some of the shortest in the world. The wait-period on both its Italian rivals is at four months. Needs to remain competitive in what could be a possible deal-breaker in this part of the the world.

Familiarity. McLaren's region-specific marketing efforts will endear the brand to the region.
Again, anticipating what could be an avalanche of increased demand, I doubt the four month period will last too long.
 

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Got to agree with what Ramy is saying, a lot of potential buyers in this region just will not wait for what they want and if you tell them it's a 12 month waiting list they'll walk or find some other way of getting the car they want. Take a look at this one http://www.alainclass.com/gallery.php it's fairly representative of a lot of the "used" car dealers and, as you'll see, if you are prepared to pay the premium you can drive away whatever you want immediately.

There are non GCC spec 12Cs already being brought in and offered to those who cannot wait. I reckon the wait for a 12C or a 458 in Dubai at the moment is about 4-5 months (although I did wait 13 months between placing my deposit and receiving my car).
 

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Got to agree with what Ramy is saying, a lot of potential buyers in this region just will not wait for what they want and if you tell them it's a 12 month waiting list they'll walk or find some other way of getting the car they want. Take a look at this one http://www.alainclass.com/gallery.php it's fairly representative of a lot of the "used" car dealers and, as you'll see, if you are prepared to pay the premium you can drive away whatever you want immediately.

There are non GCC spec 12Cs already being brought in and offered to those who cannot wait. I reckon the wait for a 12C or a 458 in Dubai at the moment is about 4-5 months (although I did wait 13 months between placing my deposit and receiving my car).
Customers who 'spec' their cars and join the waiting list aren't the majority.

'Unofficial' dealerships thrive on having access to inventory.
Premiums of 25% to 50% are the norm for the 'buy it now' option, and a 70 to 100% mark-up would not be unheard of for the first car or two in the region. With the speed these cars reach the 'unofficial' dealerships, you could be forgiven thinking that a prototype or press car went missing somewhere. :p

Access to the first few factory build-slots is a valued art in this part of the world.

Jerry - Congratulations on a beautiful car. Have they briefed you on the differences of the GCC specs?
 

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Thanks Ramy.

I hate to admit that I didn't even ask what the differences (if any) were for the GCC spec cars. I suspect that there are not many .... the configurator seems to think the only region specific items are fire extinguisher and first aid kit as standard and owner's manual in Arabic (which, fortunately for me, was not the case and it's an English language version).
 

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Just to add ... There are currently eight 12Cs, eight Aventadors and twenty 458s for sale outside of the official dealer networks in the UAE!
 
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