With an official top speed of 204 miles per hour, there's no reason to ever think of the McLaren MP4-12C Spider as anything like "slow." In fact, with that top end over the critical 200-mph mark thanks to its whopper of a 616-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, the topless Mac is in a very small club of road-going automobiles.

What's more, with the ability to hit the two-century mark being such a critical statistic for an exotic car, and with each digit over 200 coming a very high cost, we except the manufacturer ratings to be about as optimistic as they can be.

Which is why we find this video so remarkable. In the two-minute video from German publication Sport Auto, we see mostly the speedometer of a McLaren MP4-12C Spider, just touching a speed of 346 kilometers per hour, or just under 215 miles per hour. In the description of the video, Sport Auto alludes to some kind of GPS verification of hitting 343 kph, or just over 213 mph. Not only is that nine miles per hour faster than the Spiders stated v-max, but also six faster than the MP4-12C coupe's top of 207 mph.

Is the video evidence legit? It's hard to say. But you can see and judge for yourself by watching the clip, just below.


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there evidence that new ecu driven speedos are more accurate at the extremes than an old cable driven type?
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome! Oh wait, who cares? The Swingin' Dick award means nothing to me, here and now. But good job, McLaren. Whatever it means from a d-bag like me.
      Kip
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never had a vehicle with an accurate speedometer. They're usually optimistic. If these guys can verify calibration of their speedo against radar, GPS or a stopwatch, then they're in business. Regardless, that's damn impressive speed for a car that is street legal.
        Haelphadreous
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kip
        If you read the full snippet, they state that the GPS verified speed was 213 mph, compared to a speedometer reading of 212. If this hasn't been faked their evidence seems pretty solid that the big Mac is conservatively rated. Makes you wonder what the top speed on the Coupe is. Also I wonder if they changed the top speed ratings when they did the first year ECU tune and found some extra HP for these, if not it might explain why this car was able to hit such a high top speed.
      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      But... how accurate is that speedo?
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        Perfectly valid question despite to minus votes.
      Bryan Rex
      • 2 Years Ago
      the only way to be sure is with a gps mounted unit. At those speeds even slight variations in air pressure in tires or elevation will make a few mph difference.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ntcougar7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the video evidence legit? It's hard to say. wow.. this is one of the stupidest comments from a Autoblog Author. If he had researched he would know that the "Sport Auto" is one of the best, if not the best car magazine in Germany. It might be that the Speedo differences from the real speed but the Videos isn`t questionable.
      Stomp and steer
      • 2 Years Ago
      A different article said its GPS certified at 113 MPH.
        Jack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        You are slightly retarded aren't you
      Stomp and steer
      • 2 Years Ago
      213
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        @Stomp and steer
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      Timoastra
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about strong wind from the rear? That would mean a great deal.
      sp33dklz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would this be easy to fake on a Dyno or something similar? Just let the wheels spin?
        Cayman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sp33dklz
        Probably not that many dyno's that can handle the wheels spinning that fast. Also, it wouldn't be difficult to fake getting up to 215MPH on a dyno, but I think it would be somewhat tough to do it a believable manner. If doubt someone could slowly increase the speed all the way up to that speed simply by modulating the throttle.
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