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Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:25 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver  


Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade suffered a vicious ankle sprain last week. Bad news: it was his right ankle, and that's his accelerator foot. reports that Wade, who turned 30 on Tuesday, received a 2012 McLaren worth more than $200,000 from the owner of South Florida luxury car dealership called The Collection.    
Dwyane Wade got a sick $230,000 sports car at his 30th birthday party in Miami this weekend -- but the most impressive part of the gift is how it was airlifted into the hotel pool without a scratch. The car is a brand new 2012 McLaren MP4-12C -- given to him for free by the owner of a local luxury car dealership. Wade is the brand ambassador for that particular dealership.

The guy wanted the presentation of the car to be super-fancy -- with the McLaren waiting for Wade on a platform in the middle of the hotel pool... D-Wade accepted his present in front of famous friends like Usher, Common, T.I., LeBron, and Chris Bosh.
More images here. reports that McLaren Automotive said that less than 1,000 of these supercars would be manufactured worldwide with "between 300 and 400" coming to the United States. 

As you might expect, the site posted a breathless review.

You spring open the MP4’s dramatic insect-wing door by sweeping a hand along a flush surface tucked under the side scoop’s upper edge. Leading with your right leg followed by a dab of  body English, it’s an easy glide into the nicely bolstered seat. There’s a huge 9000-rpm tach and a steering wheel unburdened by switchgear, with a center-pivoting shift paddle. The leather and faux suede are sewn to ­Savile Row standards.

With a 4000-rpm spread between torque and horsepower peaks and 17.4 psi of boost on tap, the MP4’s 3.8-liter engine feels more like a strapping V-10 than a mini V-8. There’s no hint of  turbo lag or, for that matter, any evidence that this engine is turbocharged except for an occasional waste-gate chortle during shifts. The torque curve is as flat as an electric motor’s. 

4,000 rpms can probably take the edge off turning 30 while sidelined with a bum wheel. Just a guess.

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Category: NBA

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:27 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

This REALLY get’s me upset: Like Mr. Dwyane Wade can’t buy himself a car worth this much, Why couldnt the Local car dealership donates cars to the needy, The car is worth $230,000, that could of help so many neddy familys that….SHAME ON YOU.

Dwyane Wade’s gorgeous girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, threw the Miami Heat All-Star a birthday party the other day, and a local car dealership decided to one-up the actress/model by gifting the guard a McLaren valued at nearly a quarter of a million dollars. In other news, I found a five dollar bill in one of my sportcoat pockets on Monday night. Some week!

The ancient adage that the richer you become, the more free stuff you get is rolling hard and heavy in Miami these days. Counting birthday gifts as “free stuff” is a bit of a stretch, but counting a McLaren MP4-12C as a “birthday gift” is nearly as big a stretch. It was a stretch to even deliver the car into the party, as the dealership awarding the exotic, 592-brake horsepower machine had to deliver the automobile in by crane as it couldn’t be driven through the hotel hosting Wade’s party.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:44 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

Also everyone should quit complaining. A persons income is directly related to how many people are able to do their job. How many people in the world can do what he can? 4? 5? If the number is so low the result is extremely high income. If millions of people can do the same job the pay is very low. This is true anywhere in the world so just get over it.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:17 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

I'm in Miami and this is sort of tacky if you ask me. I would ask Wade if he was embarrassed about getting a 230k gift. Down here they are laying off police officers, firefighters and teachers and lots of people are struggling just to keep food on the table. Those are your fans and it seems like showboating. Since we all know he could go wreck the car tomorrow and not even care, wouldnt it have been better to have a birthday party and have gifts inthe form of charitable donations to a worthy cause? 

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:00 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

Very well said.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:15 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

Must be nice. Enjoy Dwayne. Smile

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:56 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

I always loved these cars. My dream, and now yours to enjoy Mr. Wade.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:44 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

Nice car.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:41 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

because without entertainment we would all be miserable human beings alike. rich, poor, middle class, doesnt matter. We all need some source of entertainment. weather its reading a book, newspaper, watching sports, movies, tv shows, guess what. we spend alot of money to watch these entertainers do what they do, and for that they are highly compensated. So stop crying that someone not only had a talent and skill to entertain, but also probably works 10 hours a day at honing that craft even after hes made enough money to sit on his a$$ the rest of his life. Im a knicks fan so its not even like I like D-Wade, just sticking up for someone who is actually a hard worker.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

caynine29, if thats the case, might as well get a Lexus LFA, which is double the worth than McLaren and Ferrari

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:20 pm

Dwyane Wade gets $230K McLaren for birthday

I can't believe it, he got the same thing I did for my birthday! Mine was red and had a few more bells and whistles, because my people could afford more.  In the real world I can't afford to buy the key that starts that SOB!  I do have some old keys, and would love to run a big scratch right down the side of it!  Living the dream!

The mystical properties of the finish do not allow for this car to be scratched.  The first time you approach with outstretched key, you will receive a mild electrical shock. This will be followed by shocks of increasing voltages for each subsequent attempt.  The eighth shock in the series will leave you quivering on the floor in a puddle of your own urine.

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