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10 McLaren Units Have Already Been Sold Ahead of Its Official Opening in the Philippines

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Automotive aficionados have been whispering about the arrival of supercar brand McLaren in the Philippines for months, but it wasn’t until recently that we finally got official confirmation. The news was relayed during a casual lunch with motoring media hosted by DBPhils Motorsports Incorporated president and CEO Marc Tagle. 

During a brief Q&A, Tagle said that the company is opening a McLaren service center in Manila by the end of 2023. This service center is also expected to house the brand’s temporary showroom as the more permanent showroom is going to take some time to build.

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What we do know is that the official home of McLaren in the Philippines is going to be a state-of-the-art facility within the company’s commercial development in Bonifacio Global City and will be ready “in the next three to four years.” 

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The service center is going to come in handy as Tagle revealed that the local distributor has already sold a total of 10 McLaren units in the country today. But the dealer-bought units aren’t the only ones that the service center can accept. Grey market units can also be taken to the official McLaren service center after owners pay an enrollment fee.

It might be of interest to note at this point that Tagle arrived at the lunch venue behind the wheel of a McLaren 620R. Talk about making a memorable entrance. 

Tagle also talked about what his other “baby” is up to these days. DBPhils is, of course, the company that distributes prized British brand Aston Martin in the country.

The big news on this front is that one Aston Martin Valkyrie is coming to the Philippines, where it has found a buyer. Only 150 of these hypercars were ever produced, and one is coming here. To illustrate how big a deal this is, current market estimates of a Valkyrie is at around $3 million. That’s a car worth around P170 million. 

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Aston Martin Manila is also taking orders for its Valhalla hybrid sports car. The brand is only producing a worldwide total of 999 units of this car, with deliveries expected to commence in the second half of 2023.

In addition, Tagle mentioned that a DBX 707, reportedly the world’s fastest and most powerful ultra-high luxury SUV, is coming to the Philippines within the year. A white DBX and a Vantage F1 Edition have also arrived in the country and will be available for viewing “by late July or early August.”

That’s a whole lot of updates from both Aston Martin and McLaren, but given that it’s been almost radio silence from them for most of the pandemic, the news is certainly welcome for local car geeks.

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