In the world of supercars, McLaren is sort of the odd-man-out. They don’t make automotive manhood extensions with scissor doors, and fluorescent paint colors. They make instruments of speed. You don’t buy a McLaren MP4-12C to impress the opposite sex. You buy one because you wish to traverse massive chunks of planet, very quickly.
Sure, the 2013 Mclaren MP4-12C can play the part of a supercar, with its massive side scoops, and avalanche-inducing exhaust note. But the average plebe in Malibu will just assume that you’re piloting the latest Ferrari. Only a true automotive connoisseur will recognize the sheer brilliance, available to your right foot.
A fully computerized suspension, an advanced carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a 616-hp bi-turbo V8, the MP4-12C is the automotive equivalent of a Mathews compound bow. Pick your line, and this 2,900 lb arrow will hit the bullseye every time (depending on your skill level, of course). And now, you can have all of this F1 derived brilliance, with a folding roof.
That’s right, the newly released McLaren MP4-12C Spider comes with a folding hardtop, that can be lowered at speeds up to 30 mph. When the top is in its sun-worshiping prose, the glass rear window can be lowered so the occupants can enjoy the sound of the mid-mounted dry sump turbo V8. Or, it can be raised to reduce wind turbulence inside the cabin. But the best feature of the new roof is the weight, or more accurately, the lack thereof. In all, the whole roof mechanism weighs just 88 lbs, and it only reduces the awesome McLaren’s top speed by 3 mph. So, you’re still able to break 200 mph, on your way to the top speed of 204 mph.
The McLaren MP4-12C Spider is a drop top supercar, that can actually pull off the topless look. And the super-strong carbon fiber monocoque didn’t even need to be reinforced, resulting in a 0-62 time of just 3.1 seconds, which is identical to the fixed-head MP4-12C.
Standard equipment on the Spider includes a custom-fit luggage set, and a passive Roll Over Protection System, which incorporates a steel structure inside the rear buttresses, to protect occupants in the event of a roll over. You can also option a Vehicle Lift system, which raises the front by 1.5-inches, and the rear by 1-inch. So you can clear those speed humps outside the Neiman Marcus.
The North American debut of the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider will take place later this year, at Pebble Beach. Meantime though, you can jump on daddy’s jet and head to the beach house in France. You’ll be able to order a McLaren convertible while you’re there.