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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider

Our First Drive of the McLaren MP4-12C Spider was nearly one year ago, when the automaker invited us to Malaga, Spain, for its introduction. While we had plenty of seat time during our initial orientation, nothing tops wringing out an exotic in your own backyard when you can focus on the vehicle and not worry about learning the apexes on a foreign track. Last week, McLaren Automotive asked us if we wanted to spend some time with its new Spider on domestic soil. We couldn't turn that down, especially when learned the venue was the 13-turn infield circuit at Southern California's Auto Club S... Read More

Vital Stats

Twin-Turbo 3.8L V8
616 HP / 443 LB-FT
7-Speed DCT
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