Sport Auto's Christian Gebhardt drove a McLaren 12C Spider to test its top speed.

Sport Auto's Christian Gebhardt drove a McLaren 12C Spider to test its top speed.

He took a stock 12C Spider fitted with the twin-turbo V8 3.8-liter engine producing 625 HP (460 kW) linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch SSG transmission. While McLaren officially rates the 12C Spider with a top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h), Christian was able to do 215 mph (346 km/h). The GPS read 213 mph (343 km/h).

This means the 12C Spider has at least a 10 mph (16 km/h) higher top speed than the numbers provided by McLaren. The British marque says 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes 3.1 seconds, 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h) is done in 6.1 seconds, while 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) is completed in 9 seconds. McLaren mentions the quarter mile is achieved in 10.8 seconds at 134 mph (216 km/h).