12C Spider to make Italian premiere at the 37th Bologna Motor show

12C Spider to make Italian premiere at the 37th Bologna Motor show

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
05 Dec 2012

The composure of a sports car, the fun of a convertible

The lightweight, mid-engine open-top 12C Spider is mechanically identical to the 12C. It uses the upgraded 625PS engine, which is part of the 12C Model Year 2013 upgrade. Acceleration – 0-62mph (100 km/h) – takes just 3.1 seconds (when fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres), the same as the coupé. Fuel consumption and emissions also remain the same, returning 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the combined cycle and 279g/km. Maximum speed is 329 km/h.



Carbon fibre MonoCell ideally suited for convertible user

As with the mechanically identical 12C, the 12C Spider is a mid-engine two-seat rear-drive high performance sports car. Unlike rivals, it uses a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the MonoCell. This confers major advantages in weight, strength and torsional rigidity – all improving handling, ride comfort and performance.



The MonoCell is a unique one-piece moulded chassis that weighs just 75kgs. It is 25 per cent stiffer than an equivalent all-metal structure and 25 per cent lighter than a comparable aluminium chassis. It is also stronger and safer in a crash, acting as a safety survival cell, as it does in a Formula 1 car.



Retractable Hard Top (RHT)

The Retractable Hard Top (RHT) has been designed specifically for the 12C Spider. Low weight, combined with high strength, was of paramount importance – as with all areas of the 12C. The fully automatic mechanism raises or lowers the roof in less than 17 seconds, and can be activated at speeds up to 30 km/h. It is controlled by a two-position switch on the centre panel within the cabin.



Unique Airbrake provides active aerodynamics

As with the 12C, the 12C Spider is fitted with the unique 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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