Ever since McLaren introduced the 720S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, it’s been used as a weapon to annihilate every competitor it’s faced. With 710bhp from a 4 litre Twin-Turbo V8 engine, it’s capable of acceleration to make hypercars look over their shoulder. From my perspective, there’s only one thing it’s missing: a convertible version. Thankfully however, we can be pretty confident McLaren are working on such a car.

Patent drawings of the 720S Spider have landed on the internet, showing the car clearly without its roof. What it doesn’t reveal however is any mechanism used to fold the roof away, or any safety structure behind the seats. As a result, I can’t help but think that it looks somewhat scalped. Clearly, there’s something missing in these pictures that we’ll see on the eventual production car.

It’s expected that the Spider version will incur a mild weight penalty - probably of around 100lbs (45kg) - but for those who prefer convertible supercars, that won’t matter in the slightest. The speed difference, if there is one, will most probably evade the notice of the majority of people who sample it. After all, when something can be described as “shit-yourself quick”, you’re not going to feel hard done by if it’s a tenth slower to 100mph.

But now, I want to ask you guys: if it were your money, and you were in the market for a 720S, would you rather go for a coupe or convertible? Let me know in the comments.

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Written by: Angelo Uccello

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