Posted Jul 12th 2012 11:29AM
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McLaren has given the world a better look at its MP4-12C Spider with a new video and a brace of photographs. The clip shows off some of the convertible's innards before dropping the retractable hardtop in real time. It takes just 17 seconds for the two-piece top to stow itself behind the seats with the car rolling contentedly down the track. As you might expect, it doesn't take long for the test driver to lay into the 616-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine, frolicking sideways and lighting the rear tires on fire.
While we could do without the overly dramatic background music, we'll certainly never turn down an excuse to watch the Formula One-inspired supercar prance around in its native habitat. There's certainly plenty to love about the MP4-12C Spyder, but if you like it enough to make it yours, you'll need to scratch together US$265,750 in a hurry (expect Canadian pricing shortly).
Click here to check out the full video for yourself, as well as a brief press release.
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NEW 12C SPIDER: ON THE LIMIT AND ON CAMERA IN
NEW SHORT FILM BY McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE
NEW SHORT FILM BY McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE
Jul 12, 2012
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 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.