It’s got a transparent hard-top and the same ballistic performance as the Coupe, so the new 2019 McLaren 720S Spider seems to make a lot of sense to us…
Those supercar fanatics in Woking don’t hang about in this business – McLaren launches cars on a regular basis and as part of the company’s $1.5 billion ‘Track25’ plan the Brits will be releasing 18 new models by the year 2025.
Like the 720S Coupe – which in turn succeeded the 650S that was on the market for a mere three years, such is the pace at Woking – the new convertible model banks on a familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine rated at 720 horsepower and 770Nm of torque, which means the important figures are unchanged. It’ll run dead even with the Coupe, so zero to 100km/h comes up in 2.9 seconds and zero to 200km/h takes 7.9 seconds. Even with a retractable hard-top the 720S Spider can do 341km/h as long as the roof is raised, which is again a match for the 720S Coupe, and if you prefer to go to jail al fresco, then you can still do 325km/h with the top down.
Those are pretty bonkers figures, matched only by the likes of the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider and Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder in this price bracket. Speaking of which the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider will be ready to reach first customers early next year with prices starting from $300,000, or AED1.1 million.
One figure nothing in class can match is the McLaren’s kerb weight, as Woking claims the car hits the scales only 49kg heavier than the Coupe with the 1,332kg as the magic number. That’s roughly 50 kilos less than the car’s closest rival, the Ferrari, and 90 kilos less than the Lambo. Basically, McLaren needed no additional strengthening for the Spider over the Coupe, and the 49kg difference is primarily down to the retractable hard-top which incorporates a glass panel that can automatically adjust between tinted and transparent.
The entire thing lowers down electrically in 11 seconds and coincidentally that’s another record for the convertible supercar class. You can check out the whole operation in the video below.