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.