When the original McLaren MP4-12C was first launched some 12 months ago, it was widely speculated that a convertible version would soon follow in the coupe’s footsteps. Following the earlier release of a lone teaser image that made its way onto the Internet, the company decided to formally unveil its drop-top offering: the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider.
The company claims that the Spider will be just as responsive around the track as the coupe version since it utilizes the same MonoCell type chassis that is found on the coupe. The MonoCell’s impressive strength and rigidity also helped McLaren engineers save precious pounds by not requiring any additional bracing or reinforcements to accommodate he open-top configuration. However, despite McLaren’s efforts to defy the laws of vehicular mass, the folding metal hardtop does add 88 pounds to the car.
Providing the power for the new Spider is the familiar 3.8 liter twin turbocharged V8 that also sees duty in the MP4-12C coupe. Good for 616 horsepower, the engine’s power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. Performance is nearly identical to that of the coupe, with both models reaching 60mph in a swift 3.1 seconds; the Spider’s weight penalty puts it slightly behind the coupe in the dash to 100 MPH (6.1 seconds versus a clean 6.0 seconds for the coupe). Despite this slight disadvantage, the MP4-12C spider can achieve a top speed of 204 miles per hour, just a 3 MPH fewer than the 207 MPH that can be achieved in the fixed roof version. As a nice bonus, the Spider’s folding hardtop can be operated at speeds up to 19 mph.
Interested in parking one of these beautiful cars in your garage? The 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider is now available to order at a McLaren dealership near you with a base price starting at a lofty $265,750 USD which does not include the $2500 USD destination fee. The company also released a brief video featuring F1 driver Jenson Button giving his thoughts on the driving experience of the MP4-12C Spider, shown below.