Published on 03 Jul 2012 by Adriano
McLaren introduces its new MP4-12C Spider, a roadster version of the staggering supercar ‘made in Woking’. This new model from the renowned English carmaker incorporates all the changes we had already seen in the recently updated MP4-12C: the engine remains then the original 3.8-liter twin turbo V8, but its output is now gone up to 625 hp with 600 Nm of maximum torque between 3,000 and 7,000 rpm. The transmission has been upgraded too, now allowing for quicker but sweeter shifts, making the car both faster and smoother.
As reported by McLaren, the MP4-12C Spider sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds, the same time the coupe, but it is 0.2 seconds slower than its hard top counterpart on both the 0-200 km/h (124 mph), hitting that mark in 9 seconds flat, and on the fourth of a mile (402 meters), covering that in 10.8 seconds. Top speed for the Spider is rated at 329 km/h (204 mph), making it once again slightly slower than the model with fixed roof. The price announced for England is £ 195,500, which should be just under 244,000 € at the current exchange rate, 25,000 € more than the Coupe.
The chassis of the car is now stiffer, as the new MP4-12C was specifically designed with plans to create a convertible version out of it: the roof is made of metal and can be operated electronically through a button located at the bottom of the console. The way this device works is somewhat reminiscent of what we have already seen on cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider and requires less than 17 seconds to open, an operation that can be carried out up to a speed of 30 km/h. However, the adoption of this new system has led to an extra 40 kg of weight for the model . The new roof also allowed for the introduction of a 52-litres storage compartment that can be used only when the car is cruising with the roof closed.
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