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
That daft and faintly ritualistic way of opening the doors has gone too. There is now a discreet button to press, and it works every time, saving you from the embarrassment of mincing about like a bad kerbside mime artist performing a routine about a giant invisible iPhone. This change, apparently, was "in response to customer requests"; the request probably being, "Please get rid of that stupid door-opening system or I'm buying a Lamborghini."
There's more. Power is up several notches from 592bhp to 616bhp, the sound of the exhaust can be altered independently of the setting selected on the power knob, and the gearchange software has been mildly tweaked for even more synaptic reactions. The 12C Spider does, however, lose 1mph in outright speed to the coupe, which may have kept Ron awake for several months.