McLaren MP4-12C Spider Re-Reveal

Michael Karesh
by Michael Karesh
mclaren mp4 12c spider re reveal

The McLaren MP4-12C Spider, essentially an MP4-12C with a power-retractable roof, was revealed a couple of months ago and officially debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours two weeks ago. But, perhaps to amortize the cover’s cost, McLaren threw it back on the car for another unveiling this morning at AutoWeek Publisher KC Crain’s Vinsetta Garage restaurant. Overly generic? Or timelessly clean? You decide.

The 12C’s performance is reportedly beyond reproach, thanks to a carbon fiber-enabled 3,249-pound curb weight (up only 88 from the regular car), mid-mounted 616-horsepower turbocharged 3.8-liter V8, and hyper-complicated electro-hydraulic suspension. As with the 12C’s archrival, the normally-aspirated, aluminum-rather-than-CF Ferrari 458 Italia, the only transmission option is a lightning-quick, highly configurable seven-speed automated dual-clutch unit.

If you’re worried about serviceability, this isn’t the right car for you.

Pricing starts at $268,250, which McLaren considers a bargain given the car’s carbon fiber construction and technology. You can use McLaren’s configurator to determine whether your desired options bump the price out of reach.

McLaren provided a tasty breakfast.

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  • Wsn Wsn on Aug 31, 2012

    The best interior layout I have ever seen: 1) Narrow center stack to allow more knee room (sideways). The need for knee room is not symetrical as the gas pedal is at the right side, the driver need more room to the right side of the right knee. 2) Side "stacks" that flow well into the doors and provide controls that's close to hands. The exterior provides just enough detail to indicate it's a mid-engine. I would say it's "timeless clean" that won't sell well, because rich people like it dirty.

  • Voyager Voyager on Sep 01, 2012

    Timelessly generic. And a missed opportunity.

  • Art Vandelay I’d grab one of these if I’d spent my working life at GM for sure!
  • Analoggrotto The factory is delayed due to an investigation of a peter puffery ring lead by VoGhost, Tassos, EBFlex a Chevrolet Volt.
  • FreedMike Looking forward to the protests at the factory accusing Toyota of excessive woke-ism. First,, grooming. Lord help us all.
  • MrIcky I remember when Gladiators came out and everyone was shocked at how expensive they were. Now all the off road specials have caught up or passed it financially. I like this truck a lot, but I'd still take my Rubicon over this. I'd take this over the Ranger Raptor or Tacoma TRD though. When I found out the increase in track for the new TRD was just wheel offset-I knew they were just phoning it in. Why spend so much R&D on those stupid seats when you could have r&d'd longer arms or a front locker.
  • Alan Hmm, I see a bit of politicking here. What qualifications do you need to run GM or Ford? I'd bet GM or Ford isn't run by experienced people. Anyone at that level in an organisation doesn't need to be a safety whip, you need to have the ability to organise those around you to deliver the required results.