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
And now, as we would normally say of Dacia, there's GOOD NEWS! The McLaren MP4-12C has been improved. First up, it's now available in this Spider form, with the accepted folding hard-top. As the car was conceived from the outset this way, there's no compromise in rigidity or even bootspace, and the weight penalty of the various motors and rods that effect the transformation is just 40kg. The roof, which can be raised on the move at speeds of up to precisely 24.8548mph, is one of the fastest in the business, lowering completely in just 17 seconds. Ambient temperature apparently has a small impact on the exact time, and I don't really know why, but I'm bloody impressed that they are in a position to tell me that. They're thorough, this lot.
The name has changed, too. Recognising that MP4-12C sounded a bit like one of the upgradable components of a desktop PC, McLaren simply calls the car the 12C. So this is now the McLaren 12C Spider. Given time and a general bolstering of confidence - and because this is the only car the company currently makes - it will become known as the McLaren Spider. The normal car will be the McLaren.