Cabrio of the Year: 12C Spider
James takes the 12C Spider for a sprint through four seasons from Europe’s highest road to the beach…
Posted: 14 Jan 2013
But hang on. "My supercar is great to drive, works properly and is easy to own" is not the ranting of a pub dullard. There's a deep and largely unfamiliar pleasure to be taken in a truly high-performance car that works exactly as advertised. And in any case, it doesn't quite work perfectly, but we'll come on to that.
Battling my way up Europe's highest paved road in the Sierra Nevada, I am reminded of everything I found deeply satisfying about the McLaren the first time I drove it, on Top Gear telly. The fidelity of that gearchange, the even weighting of all the controls, the ease of driving really quite fast, the intelligent way the reconfiguration of the engine output and chassis set-up is separated. It's all good. It's great fun mocking Ron Dennis's po-faced Wokingshire anal retentiveness about detail, but do you know what? He might be on to something.