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
What definitely has changed is the engine, the nature of which was always central to the dark mutterings that said the McLaren was a bit boring; the quantity surveyor standing in the kitchen of the supercar party. Various tweaks to engine mapping - God knows what, and for once I'm with Clarkson and literally not interested - have made the twin-turbo V8 really quite barking mad. The exemplary low-range grunt is now complemented by the right sort of noise - a bit grubby, like a dirty laugh from a buxom wench in a period-drama tavern. Or something like that.