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McLaren MP4-12C Spider rocks the Ritz Carlton at Toronto unveiling

Posted Aug 29th 2012 8:00PM

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McLaren Toronto has been hard at work promoting the MP4-12C coupe but this time it was to reveal their new convertible to the eager Canadian public. Held at the swanky Ritz Carlton downtown Toronto, the valet area was overrun with McLaren MP4-12Cs, a Mercedes-McLaren F1 car and the 2013 MP4-12C Spider lurking underneath a cover before the unveiling. The soirée got underway inside hotel where potential buyers, the media and industry VIPs began discussing all the details of the new Spider.

McLaren Toronto principle, Chris Pfaff was on hand to relay his excitement for the new product and give his team credit for being the number one dealer in the world for the month of April. Pfaff went on to say that this is the third major event they have held and that we'll see more of the Spider just before the delivery date in December. The MP4-12C Spider that was on hand was actually not from McLaren Toronto but on loan from head office and it left the province soon thereafter. However, 2013 Spiders will start crawling into McLaren showrooms and all 38 dealers in the world have buyers waiting for them.

Officially unveiled for the first time at Pebble Beach, this is our first experience with this striking car. The hype surrounding the Spider is that the performance difference is virtually unnoticeable compared to the coupe. The same 616hp twin turbo V8 is still sitting mid-ship, the identical carbon fibre MonoCell chassis tub is at the core and when the retractable hardtop is up, the lines are very similar to the coupe. The Spider weighs a scant 40kg more (88-pounds) but runs the same 3.1s 0-60mph (96 km/h) times, one tenth off the 0-100 mph (160km/h) and only two tenths off the quarter mile time clicking off an impressive 10.8@134mph! The terminal velocity is 329 km/h versus the 333 km/h of the coupe, so both are still in the over 200 mph club.

Speaking of fast, the retractable hardtop is blazing quick too. How quick? We timed it in only 8-seconds to fully retract with only slightly longer to put back up. We're eager to get a more comprehensive look at the car which was mobbed by the crowd, then whisked away to continue it's busy schedule.

Image Credit: Copyright 2012 Dave Pankew / AOL

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