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The New 12C Spider


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Our 134TH
Open top car

Our philosophy of innovating to win applies as readily to our road cars as it does to our racing cars. Every component is a bespoke design, engineered specifically for the 12C Spider. We’ve used McLaren engineering expertise and innovation to design the 12C Spider, redefining what you’d expect from a convertible.

McLaren 12C Spider

Exhilaration engineered

Feel the rush of reaching 60mph in 3.1 seconds, racing up to 329kph, and hearing the roar of a V8 engine as your soundtrack. Driving open-air in the 12C Spider reconnects you to the world around you. Experience the open road and the thrill of driving it.

Built around you

To create the ultimate driving experience, there's only one place to start: you. Everything about the 12C Spider's cockpit and driving position is designed to optimise what you see, hear and experience.

No roof. No stopping.

Why stop? We've made sure the 12C Spider is capable of retracting its roof in less than 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30kph to make sure nothing interrupts your drive.

See it in action

Top down experience.
Track car performance.

The 12C Spider features the same 3.8 litre V8 engine found in the 12C. It delivers drivers 625PS and 600NM of power and torque, with efficient twin turbo technology accessing over 80% of power below 2000 rpm. With acceleration and pace rivaling the 12C, the 12C Spider is the no compromise convertible.

Weight. Our mortal enemy.

A car's weight saps performance. Our engineers have created weight-saving solutions to maximise power output and make the 12C Spider only 40kg heavier than its hard top equivalent. Its automatic roof is built from lightweight materials, making it the lightest of any retractable hard top mechanism of any convertible on the road.

Inside the 12C

12C Spider is built from technology inherited from McLaren's Formula 1TM team that's since been banned on the track. Good thing the same rules don't apply to the road.


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12C Spider and MY13 12C compared:

2013 12C Spider*
(625 PS/616 bhp)
2013 MY13 12C*
(625 PS/616 bhp)
0-62 mph
(0-100 kph)
3.1 sec 3.1 sec
0-100 mph
6.1 6.0
0-124 mph
(0-200 kph)
9.0 sec 8.8 sec
¼ mile
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
12C Spider and MY13 12C compared (PDF)

* With optional Corsa tyres

All figures apply to a European specification MP4-12C

12C Spider Technical specifications

Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engine, RWD
Engine configuration V8 twin turbo
Engine material Aluminium block and cylinder heads
Oiling Dry sump
Compression ratio 8.7:1
Valvetrain 32-valve, DOHC, dual VVT
Redline (rpm) 8,500
Bore x Stroke (mm) 93 x 69.9
Engine displacement (cc) 3799
PS / rpm 625 / 7500
Torque Nm / rpm 600 / 3000-7000
PS per litre 164
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
Body structure Carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminum front and rear frames
Wheelbase (mm) 2670
Track, F/R (mm) 1656 / 1583
Length (mm) 4509
Width (mm) @ widest point 2093
Height (mm) 1203
DIN weight (kg / lbs) 1474 / 3249
Dry weight (kg / lbs) 1376 / 3033
Dry weight with lightweight options (kg / lbs) 1341 / 2956
Weight distribution at DIN F / R % 42 / 58
Active aerodynamics McLaren Airbrake
Suspension ProActive Chassis Control
ProActive Chassis Control modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Powertrain modes Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Brakes Cast iron discs with forged aluminum hubs (F370mm / R 350 mm)
Wheel sizes (F / R) 19” x 8.5”J / 20” x 11” J
Tyres (F / R) Pirelli PZero 235/35 R19 / 305/30 R20
12C Spider Technical specifications (PDF)