Report: McLaren’s MP4-12C Spyder spied, should be on the way shortly

2011 McLaren MP4-12C

Late last summer, McLaren hinted that they may introduce a convertible version of their sexy MP4-12C. And considering that Ferrari has just launched its 458 Spyder—in which McLaren said that the MP4-12C was aimed directly at the 458—it seems like McLaren is persisting with the plan.

Britain’s renowned publication, CAR Magazine, apparently was able to obtain some spy shots of McLaren’s latest effort with the MP4-12C. Though the example that they photographed was an engineless prototype. Additionally, they apparently learned that MP4-12C will feature a three-piece aluminum and plastic roof that’s manufactured by Lotus.

So far, the rumor mill says that the MP4-12C Spyder will use the same 3.8L V8 as in the normal version.

Refresher: The 2012 McLaren Mp4-12C is powered by a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 making 592-hp at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 443 lb-ft between 3,000 rpm to 7,000 rpm. That allows the McLaren MP4-12C to run from 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds with a top speed clocked in at 205 mph. The Corsa tire option shaves 0.2 seconds off the 0-62 mph time. 0 to 124 mph takes 9.1 seconds and with the Corsa tire option that goes down by 0.2 seconds. The quarter mile run takes the McLaren MP4-12C  10.9 seconds at 134 mph. Stopping from 62 mph can happen in 100 feet. Price start at $231,400.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CAR