By Elsa Baxter
Approved dealership expects to sell 15 of the cars in the kingdom within the first year of sale
The approved dealer for the new McLaren MP4-12C said it expects to sell 15 of the BD95,000 ($252,000) cars in Bahrain within the first year of sale.
The sports car, which was unveiled in the kingdom on Sunday, is the first road car built by the British manufacturer with Bahraini money, the Gulf Daily News reports. Bahrain’s Mumtalakat Holding Company acquired a 30 percent stake of the UK-based McLaren Group in 2007.
"Of nearly 1,000 cars set to be manufactured in the first year, we expect around 15 to be sold in Bahrain," Ghassan Abdulrahman Al Sulaiman, president and CEO of Al Ghassan Motors, it quoted as saying. "We already have had very serious inquiries and the interest being generated is increasing."
The dealership is one of 35 across the world that will start selling the MP4-12C early next summer. In the Middle East there are also dedicated retailers in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as a service centre in Lebanon.
The car is equipped with a bespoke McLaren 3.8-litre, V8 twin-turbo engine capable of producing around 600 brake horsepower and a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
McLaren announced in April it would move its Middle Eastern headquarters to Bahrain.