The 2012 Bologna Motor Show turned out to be the perfect occasion to introduce the McLaren 12C Spider to the Italian crowd, and there’s no doubt that the open version of the British supercar had quite a few heads turning. Under the hood of this threatening beast there is a powerful 3.8-litre V8 engine, capable of delivering 628 hp, which allows the car to go from from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.1 seconds, with an impressive top speed of 329 km/h (205 mph). Average fuel consumption is rated at 11.7 liters per 100 km, with 279 g/km od CO2 emissions on the combined cycle.
As for the removable roof, it is a retractable hard top specifically designed for the 12C Spider: lightweight and durable, it can be lowered in less than 17 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 30 km/h (18 mph). It doesn’t come as a surprise that the advanced aerodynamics of the model make large use of the technologies that McLaren has perfeced in Formula 1 racing, and that’s particularly evident particular in regards to the special airbrake at the rear.
Just like its coupe counterpart - which is identical to the Spider from a mechanical standpoint - the engine is mid-mounted and the frame is a carbon fiber MonoCell monocoque that weighs just 75 kg and - as explained by the manufacturer itself - is 25% stiffer than an equivalent structure made of metal and 25% lighter than an equivalent aluminum frame.