It has only been on sale for the past two years, but we’ve become familiar with the McLaren MP4-12C for twice as long now, since its initial unveiling in 2009. It was just last year that it was given a thorough under-the-skin update to improve its performance, handling and character.

Next in line in the McLaren MP4-12C’s evolutionary path is a subtle nip and tuck to its headlights and front fascia, as seen in this set of spy photographs. The open-top Spider variant is pictured here, but expect the facelift to cover the coupe as well.

Look no further than the McLaren P1 to imagine how the refreshed car will look, especially concerning the headlamps where P1-like bright LED DRLs can be seen peeking through the coveralls. An integrated front splitter can be seen too, perhaps taken from the anniversary-special McLaren 50 12C.

Other than a minor visual makeover, you can expect McLaren to inject more power and drivability into the new car, using the various technological advances found through the long development programme of the P1 hypercar. As usual, you’ll find out more when we do.