Monday, May 21, 2012

McLaren MP4-12C Spider

British supercar-makers McLaren reveals its second model of MP4-12C series called 12C Spider. The supercar is powered by a 3.8 liter V8 twin turbo engine that will catapult you from 0-62 in just 3.1 seconds, with a top speed of 204mph.

Thanks to the implementation of this compact design, the engineers from McLaren have managed to keep the glass engine cover seen on the coupe version. The roof needs 17 seconds to go up or down and this can be done at speeds of up to 19 mph by the simple push of a button installed on the center console.

There is the inclusion of a rear glass windscreen that doubles as a wind deflector when the top is down. This glass partition can also be lowered when the roof is up which can allow the drivers ears direct access to the sounds of the force feed V8. A final amazing feat in engineering would have to be fact that the MP4-12C Spider only weights 88 pounds more than its fixed roof counterpart.

There's certainly plenty to love about the MP4-12C Spider, but if you like it enough to make it yours, you'll need to lose US$265,750 from your pockets in coming November 2012.

Specification :

Drivetrain layout: Longitudinal mid-engine, RWD
Engine configuration: V8 twin turbo
Engine material: Aluminium block and cylinder heads
Oiling: Dry sump
Compression ratio: 8.7:1
Valvetrain: 32-valve, DOHC, dual VVT
Redline (rpm): 8,500
Bore x Stroke (mm): 93 x 69.9
Engine displacement (cc): 3799
PS / rpm: 625 / 7500
Torque Nm / rpm: 600 / 3000-7000
PS per litre: 164
Transmission: 7 Speed SSG
Body structure: Carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminum front and rear frames
Wheelbase (mm): 2670
Track, F/R (mm): 1656 / 1583
Length (mm): 4509
Width (mm): @ widest point 2093
Height (mm): 1203
DIN weight (kg / lbs): 1474 / 3249
Dry weight (kg / lbs) 1376 / 3033
Dry weight with lightweight options (kg / lbs): 1341 / 2956
Weight distribution at DIN F / R %: 42 / 58
Active aerodynamics: McLaren Airbrake
Suspension: ProActive Chassis Control
ProActive Chassis Control modes: Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Powertrain modes: Winter / Normal / Sport / Track
Brakes: Cast iron discs with forged aluminum hubs (F 370mm / R 350 mm)
Wheel sizes (F / R): 19” x 8.5”J / 20” x 11” J
Tyres (F / R): Pirelli PZero 235/35 R19 / 305/30 R20