Now there is something to be said for being the first guy on your block to have a toy.
And there is something to be said for having a special edition of a product -- specifically if it's one of 12 in the world.
But when it comes to the Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren MP4-12C Spider and it's $80,000 plus premium, I have to ask: Is it REALLY worth it?
While you'll easily be one of the FIRST to have one as deliveries are said to happen in November, you're essentially paying $80k + to have a vehicle with a set paint, McLaren luggage, a trip to England to see the factory and dinner with McLaren's head honcho, Ron Dennis.
These are cool perks and all but the only really unique item is the dinner with Dennis and, frankly, I am not so sure that its worth that chunk of change.
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...Were a driver to eschew the catalog and buy a Volcano Red McLaren directly from the factory, the base sticker would be $268,250, a savings of about $85,000 over the catalog price. Granted, Neiman Marcus pledges to donate $3,000 from each sale to the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program, so the price differential is closer to $82,000. For buyers swayed by such calculations, McLaren expects to begin delivery of the basic 616-horsepwer roadster by November, just in time for the holiday buying season...