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McLaren MP4-12C Spider: The grand opening of the super sports car

McLaren MP4-12C Spider
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McLaren MP4-12C Spider without reinforcement

As with the closed model, the Spider works directly in the neck - Occupants of the well-known 3.8-liter V8 TwinTurbo with 625 hp. Since the MP4-12C was designed as a convertible during development, the 'MonoCell', which weighs around 75 kilos, no longer needs any reinforcement in the Spider version.

The roof of the M cLaren MP4-12C Spider opens at the push of a button within 17 seconds. First the cover opens behind the passengers, the two-part roof folds up flat and disappears under the hood. This process should be possible up to a speed of 30 km /h. The retractable rear window acts as a wind deflector.

Almost identical performance

If both passengers are traveling together, so the space under the roof cover offers 52 liters of storage space. With the roof open, the storage volume is 144 liters in total, and 196 liters with the roof closed. When it comes to driving performance, the McLaren Don't hide the MP4-12C Spider behind its coupé brother. Both do the sprint from zero to 100 km /h in 3.1 seconds and the consumption of 11.7 liters per 100 kilometers is identical. The maximum speed of the Spider is given as 330 km /h. We have compared all other comparative data in our table.

For the 2013 model year, both McLaren are also optionally equipped with a Carlift function. It allows the sports car to be raised by 40 millimeters at the front and 25 millimeters at the rear - up to a speed of 60 km /h. In addition to another paint color 'Volcano Yellow', the 2012 model year offers new leather /Alcantara combinations and new designs for the light alloy wheels.

The Spider with a retractable plastic roof costs at least 231,650 euros and is around 20,000 euros more expensive than the coupé.


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