Posted by Ben on 10 24th, 2012
You waited for this for months! So did we…The all-new McLaren 12C Spider, actually the first convertible road-going car by McLaren, was tested both on the road and on the track. It hit the road of the Southern Spain. Now, traditionally, most reviews hint at some improvements to add, but not this time, not in the case of McLaren 12C Spider.
First off, we’ll go over the looks of this brilliant model. Remember the old MP4-12C coupe? When compared to its rivals, Ferrari 458 and the Aventador, the model was a bit of plain for a supercar. Well, the design of the new model involved a lot of work, with the new retractable hardtop roof being the most notable feature.
While the roof deploys in less than 17 seconds at the push of a button, its roof- up silhouette stays as elegant and timeless as ever. Simply put, the 12C Spider kept its tight bodylines, the nearly-aggressive side air intakes, and racy 19-inch wheels.
McLaren 12C Spider is not just another convertible though. As stated by the design director, Frank Stephenson the model is a ‘pure McLaren, driver-focused’ machine. Its base is actually the same innovative carbon fibre MonoCell structure already found in the MP4-12C. No need to tell, it was designed with stability and driveability in mind. The convertible is powered by the known 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 which makes 616hp. Reaching 62mph in mere 3.1 seconds, the 12C Spider boasts a top speed of 204.4 mph.
The Spanish asphalt has faced that the 12C Spider is not just quick, but also that its engine response is exquisite. Having those 616hp to play with, there was no trace of engine lag or strain. The warble through the exhausts would increase as the odometer needle rises. The ride is surprisingly supple due to McLaren’s innovative chassis set up, even with stiffened suspension and the performance-oriented Pirelli P Zero tires. As for the interior, the seats are supportive and enveloping, with the capacious room for the head and legs.
The model’s balance is fantastic, when it comes to both, the sport and the track settings. Cleverly designed, the Spider has a weight of 3033.6 lbs. The newly arrived convertible has proven to be a sharp ride that can drive for hundreds of miles with no need to raise your voice in order to hear the passengers.
While some might find the Spider’s design not as outlandish as a supercar should feature, the car is all about grace and elegance as well as naughtiness. Add to this the impressive speed and the comfort which makes you want to sleep in the car. Plus, there’s a performance not expected from a convertible.
They say, McLaren has gained a reputation for cold calculation over the years, but the new convertible just turned that ethos on its head. We absolutely love McLaren 12C Spider! Now, what about you?
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