McLaren has just unveiled its second model, the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider, which like the coupe version is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 with 616 horsepower and 442 lb-ft. of torque.
McLaren has just unveiled its second model, the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider, which like the coupe version is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 with 616 horsepower and 442 lb-ft. of torque. It also gets a unique a folding roof system that may be operated while on the move, and a carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis identical to that of the 12C coupe.
“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,” stated Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director.
The 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider’s 3.8L V8 is mated to a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission with steering wheel mounted shift paddles. A clear view of the 12C Spider’s V8 engine is available through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover. It reaches 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed just over 200 mph.
The retractable hard top of the 12C Spider is operated using a switch in the lower section of the center console inside the cabin, taking less than 17 seconds to raise or lower. The roof can be operated whilst the 12C Spider is moving at speeds of up to 19mph.
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.
The new 12C Spider will be priced from £195,500 in the UK, while deliveries kick off worldwide in November 2012.