New McLaren 720S Spider - 212mph McLaren drop-top revealed
If there’s one thing that we’ve been waiting for from McLaren, it’s a drop-top 720S. Well, we can officially consider our prayers answered, because the company has just unveiled the brand new 720S Spider.
Much like the preceding 650S Spider, the 720S uses a folding hard top that packs itself discreetly behind a pair of buttresses. In standard form, the roof is made out of carbon fibre - but customers are given the option to spec an electrochroamatic glass roof that will allow them to rotate between clear and opaque.
In order to create the Spider, McLaren were faced with the task of redeveloping the car’s Monocell II tub. In order to allow the roof to fold, and accommodate it once it had collapsed, the entire spine of the tub was removed, and replaced with nothing. No strengthening braces, not anything. As concerning as that may sound, McLaren is adamant that torsional rigidity hasn’t been sacrificed.
Neither, it would appear, has performance. While the Spider may incur a mild 108lb (49kg) weight penalty, bringing the dry mass of the car up to 2936lbs (1332kg), with a 4L Twin-Turbo V8 pumping out 710bhp, any feeling of additional lard is imperceivable. It’ll still get from a standstill to 60mph in 2.7 seconds, and to 124mph in 7.9 seconds - which is quicker than even the lightweight Ferrari 488 Pista Spider.
The 720S’s active rear spoiler required a recalibration for the Spider, as McLaren felt it needed to deploy differently depending on whether the roof was up or down. A couple of new colours have been added - one of them being the beautiful shade of turquoise you see here - and the price has inflated by £28,400 to £237,000. Is it worth the extra cash? That’s something I’ll let you guys decide upon in the comments.
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