Here’s a first look at the all-new McLaren MP4-12C Spider. Yes, “it’s got the more powerful 616bhp, 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. And yes, it’ll do over 200mph – but only 204mph, 3mph slower than it’s closed-roof sibling.” This stunner is available for order now in the UK at $306,000. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Like we told you last week, the Spider uses a variation of the coupe’s carbon-fibre MonoCell chassis. This 75kg tub requires no additional strengthening for it to feature in the 12C Spider and because of it’s F1 techyness, it means that the car is almost identical to it’s fixed roof counterpart in the performance department.

That hasn’t stopped some weight being added though. Standing on the scales the Spider weighs 40kg heavier than the coupe due to the retractable hard top – that’s RHT for acronym addicts – operating system. The RHT can takes less than 17 seconds to raise or lower and can be operated on the move if you’re doing less than 20mph.

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