Based on the rate at which the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book cars were sold, we know that the cool factor of the new 2013 McLaren 12C Spider is higher than a Jaguar XJL but it isn’t cooler than a Ferrari FF, a Chevrolet Camaro Convertible or a Bmw 7-Series. It took less than two hours to sell out the new McLaren.
The Ferrari FF last year sold out in 50 minutes while the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible sold out in 2010 in just three minutes. To put it into perspective, there were only 10 Ferraris offered so it’s quite impressive that 100 Camaros sold out in a ridiculously short amount of time. For this year, there were only twelve 2013 12C Spiders available. This meant that one 12C Spider was sold every 10 minutes.
Buyers of the Neiman Marcus 12C will also be some of the first Spider owners in the U.S. Neiman Marcus said that these cars are likely to arrive by Christmas, while all other 12C Spiders are scheduled to arrive around the start of 2013. McLaren was the exclusive automotive partner of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book this year.
In a release, Tony Joseph, regional director of McLaren North America, said that in working with Neiman Marcus, it was able to offer a special holiday gift for 12 lucky new McLaren owners, so it’s not a shock that the orders were filled so quickly.
A 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 is used to power all McLaren 12C Spiders. This leads to an output of 616 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Its power is distributed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Accelerating from zero to 60 mph takes only 3.2 seconds while the car can achieve a top speed of 204 mph (or 196 mph with the top down).
Just like on the 12C, every element and component of the new 12C Spider follows the “form follows function” design mantra. Featuring no unnecessary decorations, the new 12C Spider is a pure sports car that could deliver optimal driving performance and high levels of efficiency.
Design Director Frank Stephenson remarked that the 12C Spider is a racing car at heart, just like any McLaren. He noted that other high performance convertibles don’t have such attributes. Stephenson added that the new 12C Spider has the same timeless elegant style as the 12C, but comes with the benefit of open-top driving. He quipped that McLaren, as much as possible, tried to preserve the design purity of the 12C.
As a result, the 12C Spider looks like a coupe sports car when its retractable hard top is deployed. McLaren designed this retractable hard top especially for the new 12C Spider. The British carmaker made sure that this retractable hard top is not only of low weight but is also of high strength. In fact, its two roof panels and tonneau are made from the same composite material as the body of the new 12C Spider – allowing it to be light and strong. The roof construction of the new 12C Spider is completed by a heated rear glass.