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.
Those familiar with the McLaren 12C know that it was designed with a specific reason in mind. The same is true for the 12C Spider. For this one, the goal was to have a pure sports car which had its driving appeal maximized and which delivered on excellent performance while showcasing efficiency that is unlike any other. So don’t expect any styling fancies or even unnecessary jewelry.
According to Design Director Frank Stephenson, the 12C Spider is like all models of McLaren in a sense that they are all racing cars at the core. The same cannot be said of other high performance convertibles, he adds. Director Anthony Sheriff meanwhile said that contrary to what people think, the 12C Spider is not a converted 12C. These two models were actually created and later developed side by side, he adds. Sheriff explains that under the 12C program, there was always the plan to have a convertible and a coupe version.
Further, he continues, the use of the carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, and all of the other mechanical parts, was done in order to have the maximum performance regardless of what version was released. Sheriff continues by saying that each McLaren follows the philosophy that each of its parts must be a “Pure McLaren” and this is what the 12C Spider is as well.
Not a single component came from another manufacturer as everything was created, then designed, and later produced in order to meet the specifications set by McLaren. The objective was to be able to maximize both performance and the efficiency and with it the driving enjoyment, he adds. Sheriff notes that with the 12C Spider being able to show excellent ride quality, handling, and performance, then the brand has done what it set out to do.