McClaren Spider weaves magic

LIGHT BUT RIGID: The 12C Spider uses a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the MonoCell

THE new McLaren 12C Spider was presented at the 37th edition of the Bologna Motor Show, in Italy.  As with the mechanically identical 12C, the Spider is a mid-engine two-seat rear-drive sports car.

The lightweight 12C Spider uses the upgraded 625PS engine, which is part of the 12C Model Year 2013 upgrade. Acceleration from 0 to 100 Kph takes 3.1 seconds when fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, the same as the coupé.

Maximum speed is 329 Kph.  The vehicle is priced at £195,500 in the UK (€240,640).

The Retractable Hard Top (RHT) has been designed specifically for the 12C Spider.  The fully automatic mechanism raises or lowers the roof in less than 17 seconds, and can be activated at speeds up to 30 Kph.

The Spider is fitted with the McLaren Airbrake, an active rear wing that increases its angle to boost downforce and improve stopping power and stability through corners.

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