2013 McLaren 12C Spider

Jul 30, 2012

McLaren Automotive has launched the second vehicle in the MP4-12C family: the new 12C Spider, a variant of the 12C.

The 12C Spider is lightweight with a high-powered engine that boasts 616 bhp, a unique retractable hard top folding roof system, and a carbon MonoCell chassis identical to that of the groundbreaking 12C coupe, according to a press release. The 12C Spider is a luxury convertible sports car that offers a combination of performance with usability.

The new 12C Spider will be priced from $265,750 in the U.S. and is now available to order from McLaren retailers across the globe, the release stated. First deliveries to customers are planned for late December/early January.

The global unveiling of the 12C Spider will take place during Gooding & Co.’s exclusive VIP preview Aug. 17 and it will be displayed on the Concept Car Lawn throughout the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend.

“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,” said Antony Sheriff, McLaren automotive managing director. “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 V-8 twin-turbo engine at full throttle. It undoubtedly enhances an already euphoric 12C driving experience.”

The 12C Spider’s 616-bhp output from its bespoke 3.8-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine is transmitted to the car’s rear driven wheels through a 7-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, which itself provides lightning-fast gear changes through rocker-mounted shift paddles affixed to the rear of the steering wheel, according to the release.

A clear view of the 12C Spider’s lightweight M838T power plant is available through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover.

Vehicle dynamics technology including brake steer, ProActive chassis control and the unique McLaren Airbrake combine to offer sublime comfort in all driving conditions; and yet deliver race car performance and handling on track, the company added.

“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,” said Sheriff. “I can’t wait to see it on road and track with customers later this year.”

McLaren is a carbon fiber pioneer. In 1981 McLaren gave a debut to a carbon fiber monocoque chassis in Formula 1 with the launch of the MP4/1 race car, and in 1992 the legendary McLaren F1 introduced the advanced composite technology to the world of road cars.

The 12C’s 165-pound MonoCell requires no additional strengthening for it to feature in the 12C Spider. The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent in performance terms, and weighing only 88 pounds more with the addition of a convertible roof system.

Behind driver and passenger sits a rear windscreen that can be electronically lowered and raised. With the roof lowered, it acts as a wind deflector to minimize 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 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. Bespoke luggage (two soft bags) has been designed specifically to fit the space and is supplied as standard with every 12C Spider.

The 12C Spider also features a passive Roll Over Protection System to maximize occupant safety. Each buttress contains a steel structure designed to absorb impact energy and protect both driver and passenger.

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 paint that 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.