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2012-08-23 08:44

NEWEST ADDITION: McLaren dramatically revealed the new 12C Spider at the Gooding & Company Auction preview in Monterey, California.


McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept

McLaren showed the second model in its growing range of high performance sports cars, the new MP4-12C Spider, for the first time in public at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The 12C Spider, which we reported on earlier in July, was revealed at the prestigious Gooding & Company auction preview before being displayed on the Concept Car Lawn throughout the weekend.  

The 12C Spider is lightweight with a high-powered engine that boasts 459kW, a unique folding roof system that can be lowered or raised on the move, and a carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis identical to that of the MP4-12C coupe. Aside from shared architecture, the 12C and 12C Spider share a unique combination of spectacular performance with remarkable usability.


The new 12C Spider will be priced from £195 500 in the UK, the equivalent of about R2.6million, and is now available to order from McLaren retailers across the globe. First deliveries to customers are planned for early 2013.

The 12C Spider, in new volcano yellow paint, was dramatically revealed with the drop of a Kabuki in front of a crowd of VIP guests attending Gooding & Company’s preview. McLaren received much more interest over the Pebble Beach weekend where the 12C Spider continued to be displayed along with the 12C GT3 Can-Am edition concept.

The 12C Spider’s impressive 459kW output from its modified 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine is transmitted to the car’s rear driven wheels through a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, that provides lightning-fast gear changes through rocker-mounted shift paddles affixed to the rear of the steering wheel.

Vehicle dynamics technology including Brake Steer, ProActive Chassis Control and the unique McLaren Airbrake combine to offer sublime comfort in all driving conditions; and yet deliver race car performance and handling on track. An overview of 12C Spider performance compared with the 12C is below:

2013 MP4-12C Spider (459kW):
0-100km/h: 3.1 sec
0-160km/h: 6.1 sec
0-200km/h: 9.0 sec
¼ mile (400m):10.8 sec @ 200km/h
Top speed: 326km/h
CO2 g/km: 279

2013 MP4-12C (459kW):
0-100km/h: 3.1 sec
0-160km/h: 6.0 sec
0-200km/h: 8.8 sec
¼ mile (400m): 10.6 sec @ 200km/h
Top speed: 331km/h
CO2 g/km: 279


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