McLaren 720S Spider revealed
McLaren customers will be able to get the wind-in-their-hair feeling at 325km/h in the roofless version of the 720S.
If that number seems low (it isn’t), take comfort in the fact that the new 720S Spider can reach 341km/h with the roof in place.
That makes it one of the fastest convertibles in the world.
Powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 as the coupe, the Spider serves up 527kW and 770Nm outputs which help it reach 100km/h in the same 2.9 seconds as the coupe.
Using an identical core carbon fibre structure as the hardtop, the new 720S variant follows the smaller 570S Spider by bringing a folding hardtop design with pronounced flying buttresses.
Interestingly, the more powerful 720S features glass buttresses to improve visibility on the road. Coupled with frameless doors and an optional glass roof, the system should feel airy and open even with the overhead structure in place.
McLaren says the Spider is just 49kg heavier than the coupe, resulting in a car McLaren insists is the lightest in its class, undercutting the likes of Ferrari’s 488 and the Lamborghini Huracan.
Like the coupe, McLaren’s new drop-top features active aerodynamics, clever hydraulic suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes.
British examples are priced at a premium of around $50,000 compared to the coupe, which retails for $515,080 in Australia.
David McCowen is Drive’s news editor, combining automotive passion with more than a decade of reporting experience. Dave is often found at a racetrack – either in the press room, or driving his hot hatch.