Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:09 pm

McLaren MP4-12C Spider

In 2011 McLaren launched the MP4-12c to rival the Ferrari 458 Italia. It offered the ultimate in technology and performance for a car of it’s price and size. It lacked a little of the spark that the Ferrari had but as a first offering from a new McLaren Automotive it was a stormer. Then Ferrari chopped the roof off the 458 and created the 458 Spider, possibly one of the most desirable open top cars on sale today. In traditional fashion the F1 renowned kings have countered with their own convertible version, the McLaren MP4-12c Spider.

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You can draw further similarities between the two cars, both have clever folding hard tops, both have sculpted roll over hoops on the rear deck and both share the same V8 with their hard-top siblings. We are big fans of the existing McLaren MP4-12C, we managed to get a drive in it over in Valencia last weekend for the Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue Review and it was superb. The new McLaren is just as pretty as a drop-top (if not a little better looking than the coupé) and with only an extra 40kg added to the weight, it will no-doubt be just as exciting to drive as the fixed roof version. We will have to wait until later in the year to see how it compares to the Ferrari 458 Spider but on paper at least, it looks close with 616 BHP pushed out through the 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine, and the 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission helping it on to 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds.

The MP4-12c Spider will be available to people with deep pockets in November for just £195,500. McLaren says it offers a ‘unique combination of spectacular performance with remarkable usability’. Send us one to try out McLaren and we’ll let you know what we think.

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