Supercars are expensive, we all know that, but the McLaren Sport Series which features some of its more ‘affordable’ cars such as the 540C, 570S Coupe and 570GT now sees the addition of the 570S Spider. And we must say this new convertible body style is our favourite.
The newbie, which will make its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 29th to July 2nd) doesn’t just look ever so pretty; with 562 horsepower and 600Nm of torque generated by the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 (mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch), it promises to be exhilarating to drive too. It’ll be able to do the 0-100kph dash in just 3.2 seconds and have a top speed of 328kph which makes it as potent as the 570S Coupe and only a tad slower than the rip-roaring 675LT Spider.
Credit to McLaren for somehow managing to retain the output figures of the new car even though it sees the addition of a complex two-piece retractable roof adding extra weight (46kg) over the 570S Coupe. Speaking of the roof, the hardtop retracts in 15 seconds and closes in the same time. It can be operated at speeds of up 40kph while the top speed with the roof down is 315kph and it hides underneath a tonneau cover making for a very sleek look.
A 12.7mm higher rear wing has been fitted to the 570S Spider for extra downforce to compensate for changes from the removable roof. Incredibly, the newbie’s structural rigidity isn’t affected by the loss of the roof and its chassis hasn’t needed an extra strengthening either.
It will be offered in 20 colours in total and three of those will be brand new additions - Cuarcao Blue, Vega Blue, Sicilian Yellow.
It’ll also ride on new 19in 10-spoke forged alloys in front and 20in in the back with another new option being the Liquid Black finish for the brakes.
Like the others in the Sports Series, it also gets three different modes (Normal, Sport and Track), adaptive dampers and a stability control system.
The first 400 units will be ‘launch edition models’ and will cost around $208,000 (approx. Dh760,000) each making it the most affordable convertible McLaren to date.