The open air variant of the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder will have a three-piece carbon-fiber hard top roof. It will convert it from a coupe to a roadster in a reported 17 seconds at speeds of up to 5mph.

Some blurry photos of the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder recently surfaced on the internet. It gave fans an early glimpse of what the final model will look like. To raise your anticipation further here are a few renderings created by Teamspeed's resident artist Wildspeed.

The open air variant of the McLaren MP4-12C will have a three-piece carbon-fiber hard top roof. It will transform from a coupe to a roadster in a reported 17 seconds at speeds of up to 5 mph.

The McLaren designers have also gone the extra mile to make sure the super car's engine remains on display - unlike the Ferrari 458 Spider. The plenum cover has also been lowered by 8mm to make space for the folding-roof mechanism.

The engine in question is the same unit that is used in the coupe. This is the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that generates 600 PS (441 kW / 592 hp) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. It should allow the Spyder to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 3.7 seconds - 0.4 second slower than the coupe.

 

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McLaren MP4-12C Spider rendered