McLaren drops first teaser on the future 12C Spider
When Ferrari was putting together the finishing touches on the 458 Italia Spyder, we knew it would just be a matter of time before the rumored MP4-12C Spyder would come to fruition. Finally, we can say that this gorgeous drop-top sports car is getting ready to bust out into the automotive scene. McLaren has just dropped the first teaser image for the second model in its line-up, with a promise that the official details will be released on July 3rd, 2012.
The future McLaren MP4-12C Spider will be built on the same super stiff carbon fiber MonoCell chassis as its hardtop sibling, making it just as dynamic to drive. The model will obviously be offered with a retractable hard-top, but it will still "dial up the sensations experienced, the emotions felt and the noise heard. And true to McLaren’s ethos of offering high performance without compromise, the 12C Spider will be more usable than any car this exciting has a right to be."
Under the hood, McLaren kept the same twin-turbo V8-engine featured in the updated version of the MP4-12C coupe</b, which produces 616 HP at 7500 rpm and 443 lb-ft of torque at 3000-7000 rpm. This engine will be mated to a 7-speed twin-clutch Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) that will be controlled via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. Expect to see similar performance numbers to the standard MP4-12C: a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 207 mph.