The new McLaren 570S Spider open-top sports car will make its world public debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed from 29 July – but McLaren is today uncovering the new convertible to give the world a virtual first look. It’s even ready to take orders, for those with from £164,750 to spend. Deliveries are due from August 2017.
It’s thus the most affordable open-top McLaren road car ever.
Sitting along the 570S and 570GT in McLaren’s Sports Series sports car range – the one below the Super Series supercar line – the new 570S Spider uses similar roof tech to that first seen in the 650S Spider: it’s thus just 46kg heavier than the coupe, and there’s no loss in structural rigidity: Mclaren’s not needed to add on a single piece of structural reinforcement.
This should ensure it handles just as well as the 570S coupe – with the added benefit of transitioning into open-top motoring in just 15 seconds, at speeds of up to 25mph. McLaren’s even fitted an electric glazed rear window that doubles as a wind deflector.
Visually, apart from the roof construction, it’s almost identical to the 570S Coupe, although those with a keen eye will spot a rear spoiler that’s 12mm higher than the coupe. McLaren’s altered its profile to account for the altered roof shape.
Performance from the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine is thus almost identical. 0-62mph takes 3.2 seconds and the top speed is 204mph with the roof up, 196mph with it down. It’ll even do 26.6mpg and emit 249g/km, if you have saintly patience. As you’ll hear the exhausts with so much more clarity in the 570S Spider – particularly if you go for the sports exhaust – we don’t think this is likely…
Like the colour here? It’s called Sicilian Yellow, and is one of three new hues arriving with the launch of the 570S Spider. The others are Curacao Blue and Vega Blue. McLaren recommends you pair the yellow with Dark Palladium grey contrast roof, windscreen pillars and rear buttresses, which is exactly what it’s done here.
The launch of the 570S Spider will be the second new McLaren for 2017, following the recent roll-out of the 720S. They’re among the 15 new cars McLaren’s investing £1 billion in R&D to roll out between now and 2022, as part of its Track22 business plan.
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