This one was a long time coming, but we finally got the call. It was a call to pick up the McLaren MP4-12C Spider.
This is the first time we’ve seen the Spider in the flesh. Remarkably, it doesn’t look all that different from the fixed-top coupe, and McLaren is rather proud of that. The MP4-12C’s frame is built in such a way that every panel can be changed without making any internal changes, and that includes adding a folding top without major surgery.
That means the 12C Spider, as it’s apparently now called, still retains its butterfly doors, and the folding top doesn’t even obscure the glass engine cover in the rear, something Ferrari was unable to do with the 458 drop-top.
There’s also a host of upgrades compared to the MP4-12C coupe we drove a year ago, including more power, buttons for the doors, height-adjustable suspension and, lo and behold, power-adjustable seats!
It’s also no small feat that we managed to get quicker acceleration times on this outing compared to last year, when we weren’t expecting much of a difference. It also happens that we somehow got to keep the car for much longer than just one day this time, so it will get the comprehensive road-test treatment that we’re known for, even if we are the last media people to get the car. More in the full review.