THIS is one of the latest and greatest convertibles to enter on Australian shores, the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider.
This beast is equipped with a mid-rear mounted 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine which can produce up to 460 kilowatts (616 horsepower) at 7500rpm and 600 Newton metres of torque (443 pound-feet of torque) at 3000rpm.
This is compared to the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Performante (which is slower and also has a lower top speed than the 12C), which can achieve 5.5km/L in the city and 8.5km/L on the highway.
Connected to the engine is a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission, with shifting paddles behind the steering wheel for manual control, which then sends all the power to the rear wheels.
This particular MP4-12 Spider also has a kerb weight of 1474 kilograms thanks to the "Carbon Fibre MonoCell" body structure. This makes the Spider only 40 kilograms heavier than the standard Coupe.
The main rival for this beautiful machine is the Ferrari 458 Spider, and McLaren themselves claim that on paper, the MP4-12 is "better" than the Ferrari in every single mechanical way.
Power, torque, top speed, acceleration, weight, everything. It makes you think, why would you choose the more expensive 458, when you can have everything the 458 features plus more with the MP4-12C?
Some other features that this McLaren is equipped with includes 19-inch front and 20-inch rear forged alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero performance tyres, carbon fibre mirror casing and turning veins, a power retractable hardtop, a rear spoiler which also acts as an air-brake, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, dusk-sensing Xenon headlights, seat belt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, emergency braking assist and preparation, a post-collision safety system, a leather/alcantara interior with sport seats, the interior carbon package, dual-zone climate controls and much more.
You can currently buy a base model 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider for $543,000.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com
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