McLAREN HAS UNVEILED it’s long anticipated MP4-12C convertible.
The new MP4-12C will go head-to-head with the Ferrari 458 Spider and stacks up strongly against the Italian in the vital statistics; boasting more power, a cheaper price, a faster 0-62mph time, a higher top speed and greater fuel efficiency.
Thanks to the MP4-12C’s carbon fibre, one piece ‘monocell’ chassis, the Spider weighs only 40kgs more than the hardtop. This means the 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 powered car delivers the same 616bhp, 3.1 second 0-62mph time, 279g/km CO2 and 24.2mpg as its coupe sibling. It can also hit a 204mph top speed.
The weight increase comes from the new folding hardtop roof which can be lowered or raised in under 17 seconds and at speeds of up to 19mph.
With the roof up the boot space is 52 litres and features bespoke luggage designed specifically to fit the boot area. The new Spider also features the 2013 model year improvements, first introduced on the standard car, including Vehicle Lift.
Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said, “The launch of our second model is an exciting milestone in the growth of our company. 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 V8 twin turbo engine at full throttle. It undoubtedly enhances an already euphoric 12C driving experience.”
The MP4-12C is available to order now, with deliveries beggining in November. Prices start from £195,500.