The chilly, winter weather hasn’t stopped McLaren from launching its latest droptop – introducing the 720S Spider, the latest addition to the Super Series family that offers the same power and performance as the coupe.
The 720S Spider’s impressive new Monocage II-S carbon fibre body was taken straight from the coupe but required no additional strengthening. The upper rear structure and parts of the windshield were redesigned, but overall, the Spider and the coupe look surprisingly similar, with the Spider sporting a dry weight of a very sprite 1,332 kg and flexing only 49 kg over its coupe brethren.
The new carbon fibre retractable hardtop takes a mere 11 seconds to raise or lower at a maximum road speed of 50 km/h, making it a whole six seconds faster than operating the roof of the 650S Spider. Potential owners can also opt for the extremely cool carbon fibre-framed, glazed retractable hardtop if they prefer more natural light when the roof is up, and with electrochromic technology, you can immediately adjust the opacity of the glass between transparent or tinted at a push of button.
Powering the 720S Spider is the same impressive 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 in the coupe packing a 710 hp and 770 Nm punch, recording the same 0-100 km/h time of 2.9 seconds and top speed of 341 km/h with the roof raised. Maximum velocity with the roof down is no less impressive, at a still eye-watering 325 km/h.
McLaren hasn’t forgotten the details either. The Spider features an all-new ten-spoke forged alloy design, available only with this model. It also comes with two new colour options — the Belize Blue as shown and Aztec Gold — as well as the return of Supernova Silver, giving it a total of 23 shades to choose from.