McLaren 12C Spider makes public debut

21 Aug, 2012 11:59am Jack Rix

The 12C Spider makes its world debut at the Pebble Beach Concours

The McLaren 12C Spider has made it's public debut during the Pebble Beach weekend in Monterey, California. It was first revealed at the famous Gooding and Company Auction preview, before being transferred to the Concept Car Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours.

Shown finished in Volcano Yellow, the 12C Spider joins the 12C Coupe as the second model in McLaren's resurrected range. It features flip-back metal roof, just like the Ferrari 458 Spider, but unlike the Ferrari there's a transparent engine cover displaying the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 underneath.

Power output is identical to the Coupe at 616bhp, as is the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Performance is almost on a par too, with the Spider covering 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds, just like the Coupe, although 0-124mph takes 0.2 seconds longer at 9.0 seconds. Top speed is 204mph - 3mph slower than the Coupe.

Prices start from £195,500 in the UK - £3,406 less than the Ferrari 458 Spider - with first deliveries expected in early 2013.