By Stephen Elmer Jun 14, 2017
McLaren has peeled back the top from its 570S to create the new 570S Spider.
The Spider is the third variant in McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series, joining the Coupe and the GT, and comes packing a retractable hardtop roof made from lightweight composite panels. McLaren says there are no compromises versus the coupe, and most of the performance numbers back up that claim, despite a 101-pound weight gain for the Spider.
A twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 still provides the power, with 562 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque on tap, capable of pushing the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and on to the same top speed as the coupe, 204 mph. With the roof down, the car is limited to a top speed of 196 mph. A seven-speed dual clutch automatic gets all that power to the rear wheels.
And to bring the best-of-both-worlds element, the car also packs a stop-start system that helps bring the fuel economy in at 26.6 mpg, although that is on the generous European test cycle.
Lowering the roof can be done at speeds up to 25 mph and the entire process takes just 15 seconds. Once down, a glazed wind deflector can be electrically raised or lowered to help reduce wind buffeting and engine noise. Although, for those who desire more engine tone, an optional sports exhaust system can be added that is able to channel exhaust sound right into the cabin.
As can be expected from any McLaren, this supercar is built to dominate the race track, so it uses equipment like adaptive dampers, carbon-ceramic brakes, Pirelli P ZERO Corsa tires, brake-based steering aids and more.
To accommodate for the slightly different body shape, the wing on the 570S Spider is just slightly taller than that found on the coupe, making sure aerodynamics are still intact.
Inside, hand-stitched leather adorns the seats, doors and dashboard, surrounding a 10-inch display in the instrument cluster and a 7-inch display in the center stack. Customers who want to spend a little more can go for Nappa leather seats or even the carbon-fiber seats found in the P1.
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The Spider is available in three new colors: Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow.
Those interested in this droptop supercar can place an order now with pricing set in the UK at £164,750.