McLaren Automotive has just removed the roof of their highly acclaimed McLaren 570S, the first Sport Series to feature a Spider body style. Making its first public appearance at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 570S Spider offers uncompromising performance with the added exhilaration of open-top motoring.
Hand assembled at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England, the 570S uses the same MonoCell II carbon fibre monocoque and adopts the same two-piece folding roof mechanism as the 650S and 675LT Spider models. With the retractable roof, weight penalty is only a scant 46 kg! Yet despite all that, the chassis strength and rigidity is identical to the 570S Coupe and GT.
The roof opens and closes completely in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 40 km/h. When the roof is up, outside noise can still be channelled into the cabin by lowering the rear windscreen electronically. For even more exhilarating experience, McLaren has the optional sports exhaust system that channels exhaust note into the cabin via the engine bay.
Powering the 570S Spider is the same M838TE 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 570 PS (562 hp) and 600 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. With launch control engaged, the convertible supercar will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 9.6 seconds – identical to the Coupe. Top speed, with the roof up, is again identical to the Coupe at 328 km/h. With the roof down, the Spider can still hit a limited top speed of 315 km/h.
Visually, the 570S Spider is nearly identical to the Coupe and GT save for the rear spoiler that now sits 12 mm higher to offset the aerodynamic changes as well as a slightly different roof design. Carbon ceramic brakes, mixed alloy wheel size 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres are standard fitment. Three new exterior colour – Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow were added to the existing 17 colour palette to celebrate the launch of the Spider.
As with all McLarens, customer can personalise the 570S Spider to their hearts’ (or wallets) content via a range of McLaren Special Operations (MSO) optional equipment. From carbon fibre exterior bits to dual-tone interior upholstery finish, MSO will make all your dreams come true.
First deliveries of the 570S Spider will begin in August and the first 400 customers will receive launch edition models to celebrate the success of the 720S launch edition. How much, you ask? A cool £164,750 (RM894k) before options.