McLaren has started taking orders for the MP4-12C Spider. It has a starting price of $268,250 (which includes the $2,500 destination charge). It is much higher than the $231,000 price of the 2012 12C Coupe. McLaren will begin deliveries of this model in late December or early January. It will be officially unveiled to the global market on August 17 at a Gooding & Company evening reception before the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. The 2013 12C Spider is about 88 pounds heavier than the coupe because of its retractable hardtop that could be operated even at speeds of up to 19 mph.
McLaren said that it takes 17 seconds to lower or raise this hardtop. However, there are no changes to the engine specs. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 can deliver 616 hp. Meanwhile, a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission runs the rear wheels. McLaren estimates that the additional weight will lengthen the time it takes for the Spider to reach a quarter mile by 0.2 second. The 2012 coupe has been tested to reach 11.0 seconds at 131.5 mph.
There are now more available colors. There also more interior treatments for the MP4-12C coupe as well as the convertible for 2013. Buyers can opt for a model that is painted with Volcano Yellow and Volcano Red. Lightweight or super lightweight wheels are offered as options. They may come with a new diamond cut finish option. In addition, McLaren is adding a vehicle lift option so that the 12C’s underside is safe. This makes the car higher at the front by 1.57 inches and at the rear by 0.98 inch. [source: InsideLine]