McLaren Automotive has released details and photos of the new Spider variant of the MP4-12C sports car as well as launching an online configurator.

Right on queue, McLaren Automotive has released details and photos of the new Spider variant of the MP4-12C sports car as well as launching an online configurator at: www.configure.mclaren.com.

The 12C Spider is equipped with a Unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) that operates at speeds up to 19 mph (30 km/h). McLaren asserts the carbon MonoCell body structure is identical to the 12C coupe.

Unsurprisingly, the powertrain remains the same with its 625 PS (460 KW / 616 hp) 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine which transmits power via a 7-Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. However, despite the RHT, McLaren has managed to retain a clear view of the 12C Spider's engine through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover.

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Already available to order through 38 McLaren retailers worldwide, pricing for the 12C spider starts at £195,500 in the UK. First deliveries are planned for November this year.

Performance differences between the 12C Spider and 12C Coupe:

  MP4-12C Spider*
(625 PS/616 bhp)
MP4-12C *
(625 PS/616 bhp)
0-62 mph (0-100 kph) 3.1 sec 3.1 sec
0-100mph (0-161kph) 6.1 6.0
0-124 mph(0-200 kph) 9.0 sec 8.8 sec
¼ mile (400m) 10.8 sec @ 134 mph
(216 kph)
10.6 sec @ 136 mph (219 kph)
V Max 204 mph (329 kph) 207 mph (333 kph)
Fuel efficiency, EU MPG
(litres/100km)
24.2 (11.7) 24.2 (11.7)
CO2 g/km 279 279

* when specified with PZero Corsa tyres Technical specification highlights McLaren is a carbon pioneer.