McLaren 12C Spider Technical Details


The new McLaren 12C Spider made is official debut at the Pebble Beach Concours in America, so it’s probably a good time to take a look at this car’s extraordinary specs and details.

The Spider 12C is so good at what it does, you have to ask yourself why should I buy the hardtop?The 12C Spider is lightweight with a high-powered engine which boasts 616 bhp, a unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) folding roof system that can be lowered or raised on the move, and a carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis identical to that of the groundbreaking 12C coupe. Aside from shared architecture, the 12C and 12C Spider share a unique combination of spectacular performance with remarkable usability. Only the Spider is more fun to drive.

The new 12C Spider will be priced from £195,500 in the UK and is now available to order from McLaren retailers across the globe. If we could order one it’d be in yellow. Look at it:

McLaren 12C Spider PB 1 McLaren 12C Spider Technical Details

Full technical details in the passage below:

Best-in-class performance

The 12C Spider’s impressive 616 bhp output from its bespoke 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine is transmitted to the car’s rear driven wheels through a 7-Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, which itself provides lightning-fast gear changes through rocker-mounted shift paddles affixed to the rear of the steering wheel. A clear view of the 12C Spider’s lightweight M838T power plant is available through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover.

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:

  2013MP4-12C Spider
(625 PS/616 bhp)
2013MP4-12C
(625 PS/616 bhp)
0-62 mph 3.1 sec 3.1 sec
0-100mph 6.1 sec 6.0 sec
0-124 mph 9.0 sec 8.8 sec
¼ mile (400m) 10.8 sec @ 134 mph 10.6 sec @ 136 mph
V Max 204 mph 207 mph
CO2g/km 279 279

Technical specification highlights

McLaren is a carbon fibre pioneer. In 1981 McLaren gave a debut to a carbon fibre monocoque chassis in Formula 1 with the launch of the MP4/1 race car, and in 1992 the legendary McLaren F1 introduced the advanced composite technology to the world of road cars. It was natural then for McLaren Automotive engineers to apply its carbon fibre expertise when developing the ground-breaking one-piece molded chassis of the 12C. Its 165 lb ‘MonoCell’ requires no additional strengthening for it to feature in the 12C Spider. The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent in performance terms, and weighing only 88 lbs more with the addition of a convertible roof system.

Behind driver and passenger sits a rear windscreen which may also be electronically lowered and raised. With the roof lowered this acts as wind deflector to minimise disturbance to the 12C Spider’s occupants. With the roof raised the rear window can be lowered, allowing the exhilarating noise of the 12C Spider’s V8 twin turbo engine to flood the cabin on demand at any time. 

With the roof raised the area under the tonneau can be used as an additional luggage area which provides useful storage space. Bespoke luggage (two soft bags) has been designed specifically to fit this space and is supplied as standard with every 12C Spider.

The 12C Spider also features a passive Roll Over Protection System to maximise occupant safety. Each buttress contains a steel structure designed to absorb impact energy and protect both driver and passenger.

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