No one can deny that McLaren Automotive is a brand with a strong product offensive. Just this weekend the company released a new product as part of its Track25 business plan. The new car is the McLaren 720S Spider. With Track25 McLaren promises 18 new models and variants by 2025.
The English specialist automaker recently launched the first GT hypercar, known as the Speedtail (read more by clicking here) as part of Track25. There’s also talk of one-off special that takes inspiration from a video game, known thus far as the BC-03.
The McLaren 720S Spider is based on the already impressive 720S Coupe. The newcomer uses McLaren’s Monocage II-S carbon-fibre monocoque. Because it features integrated rollover protection the Spider version needs no additional strengthening over its fixed-roof sibling.
McLaren says that the Spider weighs just of 1 332 kg just 49 more than the 720S Coupé. The extra mass is made primarily of the electrical actuator system to raise and lower the retractable hard-top. The roof new carbon-fibre roof system lowers or raises in 11 seconds at vehicle speeds of up to 50 km/h.
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The same 4,0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine used in the Coupe is used in the Spider. It produces 537 kW and 770 N.m of torque. Power is fed solely to the rear axle via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
McLaren claims the drop-top has identical acceleration figures as the Coupe. It can sprint to from 0-100 km/h in 2,9 seconds and 0-200km/h in 7,9 seconds. Top speed with the roof in place is quoted as 341 km/h and with it lowered that figure dwindles to a “paltry” 325 km/h.
Helping the 720S Spider to slow from these massive speeds is an equally massive braking system. Carbon ceramic discs measure 390 mm on the front axle and 380 mm at the rear. As with the Coupé, drivers can choose between three Handling modes: Comfort, Sport, or Track.
The McLaren 720S Spider is available in three specifications, Standard, Performance and Luxury. Potential owners can visit: cars.mclaren.com/super-series/720s-spider for more information.