I tend to have a soft spot for cabriolets and roadsters. I grew up in Minnesota, a region of the country that isn’t particularly well known for lengthy summers and some would say is not conducive to top-down motoring.
So when I saw the first pictures of the new McLaren 570S Spider it would have sufficed to say I was, completely blindsided. The want was strong and just wanted to drive it, anywhere.
There is just something about going for a drive with no where in particular as the destination. The two-seater has some selfish aspects, not a lot room for things to take with you. Just room for a couple of small bags and a desire for adventure.
The 570S Spider is powered by a McLaren’s ubiquitous compact 3.8- liter twin-turbo V8 engine and it is very potent. It puts out a serious 562 horsepower and 443-lb/ft of torque and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that goes unchanged from the 570S Coupe, so it’s really no surprise to find the performance of the Spider is very much the same, which can be described as scintillating.
A quick glance at the performance numbers it produces reveals a 0-60mph sprint that takes just 3.2 seconds which is not quick, that’s fast and 0-124mph takes a mere 9.6 seconds.
The top speed with the roof up is identical to the 570S Coupe at 204mph. With the top down it will do 196mph, which means it’s a seriously fast tanning booth.
The McLaren 570S Spider combines dynamism and the exhilaration of open-air driving. Hand-assembled in Woking, England, the 570S Spider has a key attribute its competitors doesn’t, lightweight carbon fiber construction. Thanks to the strength and rigidity of the basic McLaren MonoCell II carbon chassis, the 570S Spider requires no additional bracing or reinforcement to quell wobbles.
The two-seat, rear-wheel drive 570S Spider is the third body-style in the McLaren Sports Series portfolio, and it adds an integrated, retractable hardtop that when lowered delivers an immersive driving experience that adds sounds unavailable in a closed car.
The two-piece roof which is constructed of lightweight composite panels creates a purposeful, sleek appearance whether closed or lowered. The roof can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds, at vehicle speeds of up to 25mph.
The introduction of the 570S Spider McLaren brings it into the Luxury Performance Sports Car segment that has a plethora of high-powered machines. McLaren Automotive positions the Sport Series 570 models to start where Porsche ends with the Turbo S models. The 570S Spider finds itself squaring off against two main competitors, Porsche’s 911 (991.2) Turbo S Cabriolet and the new Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
From the high tech engineering, sharp looks, world-class performance and usability for every day use the new McLaren 570S Spider is a fulfilling drive.
An open top performance vehicle is about the experience, the wind and the sounds all combine to make it enjoyable. So, who’s ready for a three day weekend? Pack light and don’t forget sunblock and your sunglasses. I highly recommend a 570S Spider in Curaçao Blue because your getaway car should be fast and fun.
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McLaren 570S Spider Launch
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