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RSS Report: McLaren MP4-12C Spyder to get trick folding hardtop

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<p>Filed under: <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/convertibles/" rel="tag">Convertible</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/sports/" rel="tag">Performance</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/misc/" rel="tag">MISC</a></p><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/photos/mclaren-mp4-12c-0/#photo-2267841"><img alt="McLaren MP4-12C" src=&quot;http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2012/05/mp412c0042.jpg" style="margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; width: 628px; height: 467px;" /></a><br /><br />If you're going to go up against the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/ferrari/">Ferrari</a> 458, a coupe isn't going to do it alone. No, for that you'll need a convertible version, too, to steal away customers who'd otherwise be putting their names down on the wait list for the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/ferrari/458+spider">458 Spider</a>.<br /><br /><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/lamborghini">Lamborghini</a> knows that, as it has demonstrated with successive versions of the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/lamborghini/gallardo">Gallardo</a>. <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/audi">Audi</a> knows it too, as it has shown with the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/audi/r8/">R8</a> Spyder. <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/aston+martin">Aston Martin</a> makes a <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/aston+martin/dbs">DBS</a> Volante and <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/porsche/">Porsche</a> offers a <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/porsche/911+turbo">911 Turbo</a> convertible. So if <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/tag/mclaren">McLaren</a> is going to play in this league, it's going to need a convertible version of its <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/tag/mp4-12c">MP4-12C</a>. And if it's going to outshine these soft-topped contenders and pick up market share from the 458 Spider with its innovative folding hard-top, it's going to need a similarly impressive parlor trick, too. Fortunately that's just what's coming down the pipeline.<br /><br />According to the latest intel from British weekly <em>Autocar</em>, McLaren has been collaborating with Webasto on a new type of roof mechanism for the upcoming 12C Spyder. Now if the name Webasto sounds familiar, that's probably because it's the same German outfit that developed the apertures for the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/mini">Mini</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/volkswagen/eos">Volkswagen Eos</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/volvo/c70">Volvo C70</a> and, most crucially, the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/ferrari/california/">Ferrari California</a> and 458 Spider.<br /><br />For McLaren, Webasto is said to have made a three-piece folding roof that stacks in between the seats and the engine, allowing the twin-turbo V8 to be viewed through its clear compartment cover - something the 458 cannot boast. The panels themselves will likely be crafted from carbon fiber like much of the rest of the MP4-12C, but as for the nomenclature we'll have to wait and see. The only other roadgoing convertible McLaren ever produced was the <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/slr+mclaren">SLR</a> Roadster, whose name was likely determine by Mercedes-Benz, not by McLaren. Other convertibles on the market take the name Spider, Spyder, Speedster, Roadster, Cabrio, Cabriolet, Drophead Coupe, Volante or simply Convertible.<p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/01/mclaren-mp4-12c-spyder-to-get-trick-folding-hardtop/">McLaren'>;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/01/mclaren-mp4-12c-spyder-to-get-trick-folding-hardtop/">McLaren MP4-12C Spyder to get trick folding hardtop</a> originally appeared on <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:31:00 EST. Please see our <a href=&quot;http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/01/mclaren-mp4-12c-spyder-to-get-trick-folding-hardtop/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20248441/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/01/mclaren-mp4-12c-spyder-to-get-trick-folding-hardtop/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a>

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Another fail... :( I wanna see McLarens!

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Another fail... :( I wanna see McLarens!

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