The McLaren 12C Spider is looking to take on the new Ferrari 458 Spider as the new car from Woking appears with a folding hard top roof.
As the 12C was originally designed as a convertible, its 75kg ‘MonoCell’ requires no additional strengthening for the construction of the 12C Spider. The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent in performance terms, and weighing only 40kg more with the addition of a convertible roof system.
This new retractable hard top of the 12C Spider is operated using a switch in the lower section of the centre console inside the cabin. The process takes less than 17 seconds to raise or lower and allows, the roof to be operated whilst the 12C Spider is moving at speeds of up to 19mph /30 kph.
Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: “I am really excited to announce that the new 12C Spider is now available to order at new McLaren retailers worldwide. The launch of our second model is an exciting milestone in the growth of our company.”
“While the 12C is the technological essence of a race car, the 12C Spider incorporates an additional dimension. 12C Spider owners will love the opportunity to lower the roof and hear the unhindered howl of a V8 twin turbo engine at full throttle. It undoubtedly enhances an already euphoric 12C driving experience.”
“The 12C Spider delivers all the thrills characteristic of a high performance roadster, and yet transforms into a raucous track beast at the flick of a switch. I can’t wait to see it on road and track with customers later this year.”
The new convertible is powered by the recently revised 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine producing 625hp and has the same 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. As with other manufacturers, McLaren has added a glass screen over the engine to show off their powerplant
Vehicle dynamics technology including Brake Steer, ProActive Chassis Control and the unique McLaren Airbrake combine to offer a stable and comfortable driving experience on the the road with race car performance and handling on the track.
An overview of 12C Spider performance compared with the 12C is below:
(625 PS/616 bhp)
(625 PS/616 bhp)
|0-62 mph (0-100 kph)||3.1 sec||3.1 sec|
|0-124 mph(0-200 kph)||9.0 sec||8.8 sec|
|¼ mile (400m)||10.8 sec @ 134 mph
|10.6 sec @ 136 mph (219 kph)|
|V Max||204 mph (329 kph)||207 mph (333 kph)|
|Fuel efficiency, EU MPG
|24.2 (11.7)||24.2 (11.7)|
* when specified with PZero Corsa tyres
Technical specification highlights
Behind driver and passenger sits a rear windscreen which may also be electronically lowered and raised. With the roof lowered this acts as wind deflector to minimise disturbance to the 12C Spider’s occupants. With the roof raised the rear window can be lowered, allowing the exhilarating noise of the 12C Spider’s V8 twin turbo engine to flood the cabin on demand at any time.
With the roof raised the area under the tonneau can be used as an additional luggage area which provides 52 litres of useful storage space. Bespoke luggage has been designed specifically to fit this space and is supplied as standard with every 12C Spider.
The 12C Spider also features a passive Roll Over Protection System to maximise occupant safety. Each buttress contains a steel structure designed to absorb impact energy and protect both driver and passenger.
Creating one in a million: 12C Spider personalisation highlights
Launched in Volcano Red – one of 17 exterior paint finishes currently available for the 12C and 12C Spider- both 12C derivatives will also be available in optional Volcano Yellow, a striking new high quality paint which features in the ‘Elite’ range of exterior finishes.
Inside, an exclusive new interior trim has been developed for the 2013 model year 12C and new 12C Spider. High quality semi-aniline perforated leather and Alcantara may be selected in a variety of combinations to suit an owner’s personal taste.
A new wheel design, and ‘Diamond Cut’ finishes for existing lightweight and super lightweight forged wheel designs may be selected for the 12C Spider. Standard Silver or Stealth finishes are offered for all wheel designs.
Vehicle Lift will be available as an option on 2013 model year vehicles. The system allows the 12C Spider to be raised front and rear for improved ground clearance. This technology permits the vehicle to be raised by up to 40mm at the front and 25mm at the rear of the 12C Spider, and may remain in position at up to 60kph (37mph).
Prospective customers and sports car fans alike are encouraged to visit the new 12C Spider online configurator, and discover a range of exciting options that may be specified in literally millions of unique combinations.
If you would like to configure your own 12C Spider then visit www.configure.mclaren.com