McLaren has taken the roof off of its hot-selling 570S supercar.
On Wednesday, McLaren unveiled the new 2018 570S Spider ahead of its official world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.
With a starting price of $US208,000, the 570S Spider is the most affordable open air McLaren to date.
However, don’t be fooled into believing the Spider’s folding hardtop has somehow made it less of a McLaren.
Like all McLaren supercars these days, the Spider is built around an ultra-strong MonoCell II carbon fibre passenger compartment and features a fully adjustable suspension.
For the 570S, the McLaren’s folding hard top can open or close in just 15 seconds and can operate at up to 25 mph.
The Spider is powered by a 562 horsepower 3.8 litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine mated to a quick shifting 7-speed twin-clutch gearbox driving the rear wheels — the same setup found in its coupe sibling.
McLaren claims the Spider can hit 60 mph in a conservative 3.1 seconds and a reach a top speed of 204 mph with the top up. Both figures match that of the 570S coupe. With the roof retracted, the Spider’s top speed drops to 196 mph.
“The McLaren 570S Spider is a convertible without compromise,” McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said in a statement. “Its mid-engined layout and carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis guarantee the same thrilling dynamic performance and exceptional driver involvement enjoyed in a 570S coupe, but with the added attraction of roof-down motoring.”
Like the coupe version, the 570S Spider is loaded with McLaren’s high-tech performance wizardry including a full menu of driving modes and one of the best traction management systems in the world.
The 570S Spider is the newest member of McLaren’s entry level Sport Series which also features the 540C, 570S coupe, and 570GT.
The 570S Spider comes on the heels of the launch of McLaren’s second generation 720S. The state-of-the-art 710 horsepower supercar, unveiled in March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, has also already sold out its first year of production.
As for the 570S Spider, it’s currently available for order McLaren dealership around the country.
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