McLaren MP4-12C Spider tested on road and track

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Review 19 October 2012

The McLaren MP4-12C has been criticised for a shortage of emotion, so can the MP4-12C Spider - which retains the same torsional rigidity as the coupe and gains only 40kg in weight - rectify that? Steve Sutcliffe finds out.

 

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At this rate of improvement

1 year 40 weeks ago

by the time it gets around to the facelift it should be just about perfect!

minor note - continuity error on going round the track, roof up, roof down, roof up, roof down,

 

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At this rate of improvement

1 year 40 weeks ago

Get rid of Frank Stephenson and pinch Donato Coco from Lotus (ex Ferrari man behind the 458) and that will be just perfect.

Steve I think you erred while

1 year 40 weeks ago

Steve I think you erred while discussing the power jump.  You say its up from 552 bhp to 616 bhp?  Without going to wiki or anywhere else for confirmation I'm rather certain that the 12C originally had 592 bhp, not 552.  I know this car never had less power than the 458.

Great car, still not sure I would take one over a 458, but no doubt this is an improvement over the coupe version.  To me this car is more of a relaxed cruising machine, despite its 600+ hp, and what better way to cruise than with the roof down.

Great vid, but, once again,

1 year 40 weeks ago

Great vid, but, once again, it's too short. (Guess 'it's best to leave 'em wanting more', eh?)

McLaren and Steve

1 year 40 weeks ago

A fan of Autocar and of Steve, excelent descriptions you made, always very calm, but with passion when a car is becoming to you. Keep on going. I agree with gillmanjr, is a car to enjoy, very elegant and magnificent lines.

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Wow, a very nice car! This is

1 year 38 weeks ago

Wow, a very nice car! This is so creative and unique and it makes me remind about an important thing, it is the argan olie. This item is really interesting and I have something to share with you about the divacup.

 

Quality glitches plague the McLaren experience

1 year 37 weeks ago

My cousin recently bought a fixed head version in Bahrain, but his experience has been plagued by a continuous litany of quality problems.  It seems that the dealer is reulctant or unable to sort it.  End result is a blighted ownership experience.  I had a car like that too and it suffered from quality problems for the brief period that I owned it, an Aston MArtin Vanquish S.  Very charismatic car, but never again.   For me its got to be either a Ferrari or Lambo.  Even better would be one of the upgraded R8 V10's or forthcoming Honda NSX's.

I really like the model and

1 year 36 weeks ago

I really like the model and design of a McLaren cars. I'm going to buy this one if my website design birmingham and my seo birmingham company will grow.

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 Very charismatic car, but

1 year 28 weeks ago

 Very charismatic car, but never again.   For me its got to be either a Ferrari or Lambo.  Even better would be one of the upgraded R8 V10's or forthcoming Honda NSX's. http://www.misiasty.pl

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