Getting a Sneak Peek at the McLaren MP4-12C

McLarenBesides a functioning ice machine and a Keurig with 14 different flavors of coffee–and the chance to work with editor Glenn Hunter again–one of the things I love most about my new gig here at D CEO is the opportunity to write car reviews. I used to not care much about cars and made fun of guys who got all gaga over them, but that was before I spent a week with a Jaguar XKR–and went just slightly over the speed limit in both a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari F430 coupe.

One review possibility I’m now drooling over is the new McLaren MP4-12C. The exotic will become available next summer and sold in Texas only at McLaren Dallas, a new dealership from Ken Schnitzer, founder of Park Place Motorcars. He gave me and several others a sneak peek of the car this morning at a press conference in the design district. All I have to say is: “Wow.”

McLaren Dallas is one of 10 dealers selected by McLaren to sell its vehicles in North America. The MP4-12C will sell for about $250,000, which, when compared to competing exotics, is a great deal, Schnitzer says: “It’s a smart investment that will hold its value,” he says.

Here’s hoping the McLaren comes up on the car review list next summer. And if it does, Glenn, I call first dibs.