New McLaren MP4-12C Spider

McLaren MP4-12C Spider

The McLaren MP4-12C is now topless.  Yep, McLaren has added the Spider to its supercar stable.  An MP4-12C-C, if you will.  And, (especially from the top) it’s gorgeous.  Gorgeous and fast.  The MP4-12C Spider shares the hardtop’s 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 that puts out 616 bhp and 600 foot-pounds of torque channeled through the rear wheels via a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission.

Time to 62 mph matches the hardtop MP4-12C at 3.1 seconds.  Quarter mile: 10.8 seconds at 134 mph.  Due to the aerodynamic change, the 0-100 mph time increases from 6.0 seconds for the hardtop to 6.1 seconds for the Spider, and the top speed shrinks from 207 mph to a still blistering 204.  That’s a lot of wind in your hair.  Maybe McLaren should start developing a high-speed toupée glue. 

Usually, chopping the roof off of a car results in sloppier handling due to the lost structural rigidity that was provided by the roof and the increased weight of additional support structures needed to compensate for that lack of rigidity.  But, thanks to the MonoCell chassis that the Spider shares with it’s hardtop sibling, McLaren has been able to keep the MP4-12C Spider’s handling characteristics up to snuff with no strengthening needed while adding a folding hardtop into the mix.  Total weight gain: 88 pounds.  Not too bad.  By the way, the folding hardtop takes 17 seconds and can be operated on the move up to 30 kph.  Convenient.  McLaren calls it the RHT Folding Roof System.

Price for this British open-air speedster is about $265,000 with the first deliveries expected in November of this year.  Hmm…McLaren MP4-12C or Ferrari 458 Spider.  Is “both” and option?  Definitely click through the slideshow below.  This car is truly something to look at.

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Author: Nick Glasnovich

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