Earlier this month the McLaren 12C Spider was officially launched in Hong Kong. So naturally, they threw a party for the new arrival. But that car being a McLaren, and the place being Hong Kong, it was an elaborate effort. McLaren Hong Kong hosted a cocktail party for the 12C Spider, on the roof top. So they had to lift the cars up there with a crane.
It was probably worth it, though, as Hong Kong is one of the best markets in the world for luxury and super cars.
The new 12C Spider is mechanically identical to the 12C. It uses the upgraded 625PS engine, which is part of the 12C Model Year 2013 upgrade. Acceleration – 0-62mph (100 km/h) – takes just 3.1 seconds (when fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres), the same as the coupé. Fuel consumption and emissions also remain the same, returning 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the combined cycle and 279g/km.
The figures are much better than most high performance convertible sports cars, in keeping with McLaren’s commitment to class-leading fuel efficiency. Maximum speed is 204 mph (329 km/h). The Retractable Hard Top (RHT) on the 12C Spider is a fully automatic two-piece design which can be raised or lowered in less than 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30 km/h (19 mph).