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 $265,750 in a hurry. Check out the full video for yourself below 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

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.

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      da.kid1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks way better as a conbertible, the car's best features are accentuated and better yet the engine is still visible, something that doesnt happen to every exotic with their roofs off.Well done, McLaren!
        high.speed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @da.kid1
        100x agree, I'm not a fan of the coupe , but they outdone themselves with this one for the reasons you mentioned.It doesn't follow the trend of every other convertible supercar and ruin the engine's view, worsen the looks, etc.
      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      I did not like this car at first glance.Thought the front clip looked too "generic supercar". Thought the double scoop side air intakes was a tad "busy". That being said...the cars' "track car-repurposed-for-street-look" is starting to grow on me.The F1 is simply one tough act to follow.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is very nice. You are going to need to scratch together a whole hell of a lot more money than $267,000, I highly doubt you will get one for under $300,000.
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Question for autoblog readers. Seeing as how they are about $20k apart in price which do you prefer Ferrari 458 Spider McLaren 12C Spider. The Ferrari was my favorite of the recent exotic cars but i think the draw of 616hp may have pushed me toward the McLaren.
        LynxFX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        Ferrari 458 as Coupe McLaren 12C as Convertible
        Shanti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        Good question. Their both magical cars in their own right. I've always been a Ferrari guy, but I don't turn my nose up at other super cars, and the McLaren 12C is definitely one of the few cars that (I feel) give the 458 a run for it's money. At least as far as the overall package is concerned. That being said, in the case of the Spiders, my money would go to Ferrari; if only because they did this new hardtop first. No one can really fault McLaren for following suit (or coming up with the same idea, depending on how you want to look at it), but the Ferrari 458 Spider still feels like the original to me. As far as the horsepower is concerned, both have way more horsepower than I would use around town, and more horsepower than I have the ability to utilize at a track, so it's a wash.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        Ferrari's top goes down much quicker, and it makes better noises roof up or down. It's also more dramatic and won't let you forget you're in a quarter million dollar exotic. Finally, the Ferrari would make you feel like a million dollars even just picking up bread. The Mclaren still lets you see the engine, looks just as good in its own way, and would deliver the Italian a swift kick up the backside on pretty much any type of situation. It can also be ridiculously comfortable when it *should* be trying to crush your spine. And it's the one only true car guys would recognize and appreciate, you don't have the stigma of being a Ferrari owner either. Decisions, decisions. (Un)fortunately, I'm not in a position to choose, but if I did have the means, it would have to be the Mclaren. If Ferrari can squeeze any more power out of the 4.5L, drop some weight...do I smell a Challenge Stradale or Scuderia in the making?
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        Load it up with options and then talk price, I bet they are much further apart than $20,000 when it ends. Why would the 616hp be a deciding factor for you? Where are you going to drive this car at even 30% of its potential without risking a ticket or jail? In theory I like the McLaren, but I am going to tell you my buddy just got a red Ferrari F430 Spyder and there is no way on earth I would pick anything other than that car. The paint, the sound, the interior, the name cache, the way people look at it, short of a Lamborghini popping its doors up into the sky, nothing else will get more attention. Ferrari has not released the 458 Spider yet, they might want to wait a little while and redesign it so they have a top that shows the engine bay though. McLaren one upped them big time on that.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      A retractable hardtop defeats the purpose of this car. They should have had the balls to say "No, no convertibles. Ever."
      Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't like convertible super cars. Seriously. For some reason, rich guys really like them and snap them up. I have to say, with the top up, this car looks pretty good.
        d.hollywood
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan
        Dudes buy the convertible because chix dig it. Chix also visualize driving it alone someday...and need to be sure that you pickup truck / econobox-driving losers understand when ogling the car and HER that you have no shot.
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought it was spelled "spyder" for supercars, no?
        4RR4Y
        • 2 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder certainly wasn't a supercar in its day...
      PrintError
      • 2 Years Ago
      Extremely well-done video considering every instance of the car was CGI. Very impressive.
      Justin B.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would take the McLaren. The Ferrari is still an incredible car but it does look a bit cheap compared to this. Something about the McLaren screams craftsmanship and precision.
      Rich M.
      • 2 Years Ago
      being a huge fan of Mclaren F1 team since the 90's i would still go with 458 vert than the MP4-12C. the 458 looks way better in my eyes.
      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Removing the top (finally) gives the 12C the personality it was lacking in coupe form...
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's cool, I guess.
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