McLaren Automotive has finally revealed the second model in its MP4-12C family in the 12C Spider.
Despite lacking a fixed roof, the 12C Spider's monocell chassis reportedly requires no additional strengthening. This means that the 12C Spider's performance is almost identical to its fixed-roof equivalent despite the additional 40kg weight of the convertible roof system, with zero-to-100kph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 329kph.
The 12C's folding roof is operated using a switch in the lower section of the cabin's center console and takes less than 17 seconds to raise or lower. Unlike other retractable hardtop models, the 12C's roof can be operated while it's running at speeds of up to 30kph.
With the roof raised, the area under the tonneau can store up to 52 liters of cargo. Fittingly, McLaren will throw in bespoke luggage that has been designed specifically to fit this space with every 12C Spider.
The 3.8-liter, V8 twin-turbo in the upgraded MP4-12C hardtop powers the 12C Spider with its 616hp transmitted to the car's rear wheels through a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission that's controlled through rocker-mounted shift paddles affixed to the rear of the steering wheel. The glass screen behind the tonneau cover, meanwhile, gives everyone a clear view of the 12C Spider's lightweight M838T power plant when the car is standing still.
If you're thinking of buying one or you'd just like to play around with what your dream car might look like, McLaren has made available online the 12C Spider configurator at www.configure.mclaren.com.
"While the 12C is the technological essence of a race car, the 12C Spider incorporates an additional dimension," said Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive's managing director. "Owners of the 12C Spider will love the opportunity to lower the roof and hear the unhindered howl of a V8 twin-turbo engine at full throttle. It undoubtedly enhances an already euphoric 12C driving experience."
The McLaren 12C Spider is now available to order from McLaren's 38 retailers in 22 countries worldwide with deliveries of the first units slated to begin in November.