McLaren MP4-12C Spider hits the track [video]

Has 625 PS (460 kW / 616 hp)

McLaren has released a new promotional video for their MP4-12C Spider.

Looking almost CGI-like, the footage was shot using cinema-quality RED cameras and shows the car on the track as well as the mountain roads of southern Spain.

As we have previously reported, the roadster features a retractable hard top and a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 625 PS (460 kW / 616 hp). It is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 329 km/h (204 mph). In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 11.7 L/100km (24.2 mpg UK / 20.1 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 279 g/km.

Source: McLaren


  • McLaren Automotive presents the first opportunity to see the stunning new 12C Spider in action at www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv
  • Viewers able to see unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) of 12C Spider lowering with the car in motion
  • Incredible circuit and mountain road driving compilation launched as McLaren celebrates 2,000,000 hits at its official YouTube channel
The stunning new 12C Spider may now be seen in action for the first time, with the launch of a high quality short film at McLaren Automotive's popular official You Tube channel: www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv

Shot using cinema-quality RED camera technology, the film begins with a 12C Spider finished in glorious Volcano Red in high speed action on track, before it traverses the winding mountain roads of Andalucía in Southern Spain. The exciting sequence underlines the 12C Spider's position as a luxury convertible sports car offering a spectacular combination of performance and usability.

Early in the film, the 12C Spider's Retractable Hard Top is lowered with the car in motion - a unique feature among the new 12C derivative's competitor set. The RHT system operates in less than 17 seconds. McLaren Automotive Test Driver and British Touring Car Championship star Mat Jackson then shows viewers why McLaren believes it has developed a sports car that adds ‘open-top thrills' to a groundbreaking package of technology inspired by its successful Formula 1 race cars.

Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: "We know 12C drivers love the Formula 1 technology DNA that runs throughout their cars. With the 12C Spider, owners will have an even greater opportunity to create their perfect driving experience. Top up or top down, the sports car with highest performance among the competition just became even more breathtaking. The exhilarating aspects of driving the 12C Spider are captured beautifully in this great new film."

Prospective customers and sports car enthusiasts may now specify their desired 12C spider at McLaren Automotive's interactive online configurator, which is located at: www.configure.mclaren.com. There, the 12C Spider may be personalised with myriad exterior and interior finishes, a range of wheel designs and attractive carbon fibre appliqué.

Orders for the new 12C Spider are now being taken by 38 McLaren retailers in 22 countries worldwide.

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Shark Shark
What a beautiful machine, love it!!!
Jul 13th, 2012 6:44pm
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vilivo vilivo
Are they really calling it a spider?Should it not be a spyder, with a Y? I guessnot...
Jul 13th, 2012 5:49pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
Wow the hardtop can open and close while the car is moving, I'd take a McLaren over a Ferrari or Lambo any day I really like this car.
Jul 13th, 2012 3:58am
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zyzyphe zyzyphe
excellent looking car and almost identical performance as the coupe but I think it needs a louder noise, it has an M3-like mechanical sound
Jul 12th, 2012 10:49pm
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