For The McLaren MP4-12C Spider is jaw-droppingly fast, and with incredible grip and composure, it's an easy car to drive very quickly. It sounds better than the Coupe, too, and still rides fantastically.
Against There’s a fair bit of bluster in the cabin when the roof is down and access could be easier.
A masterpiece of engineering. As precise and as comfortable as the sensational 12C Coupe, plus it feels more special.
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Like its 12C Coupe sister, the Spider is built around a carbonfibre 'monocell', and this is so stiff that McLaren hasn't felt the need to strengthen the car's structure to make up for the loss of the fixed roof.
As a result, the 12C Spider weighs just 40kg more than the coupe version, with the extra kilos coming from its retractable hard top and a slightly heavier exhaust system.
The electrically operated roof folds away in around 17 seconds at speeds of up to 19mph, while the rear screen can be lowered independently so that plenty of engine sound reaches the cabin.
There’s only one model, but several options are available to let you personalise your car, and the McLaren Special Operations division can modify the Spider in pretty much any way you want – providing your pockets are deep enough.