Supercars are vehicles of our dreams. Most of us will never get to own or drive one, but no one can stop us from dreaming. The best supercars offer emotion instead of measurable speed and simply makes people smile. The new McLaren 570S Spider is certainly going to do just that.
McLaren’s Sports Series is basically entry level supercars, offering a little bit less performance and technology for a significantly lower price. Make no mistake though – they are still super cars, ready to attack race tracks or some winding country roads. The new McLaren 570S Spider is going to offer the right kind of performance and emotion mixture, making it almost a perfect bedroom wall poster car.
It is the most attainable McLaren Spider ever, sporting a hardtop. It is constructed from two parts and can be electrically retracted with a touch of a button. The roof can be operated at speeds of up to 40km/h and only takes 15 seconds to hide neatly behind the passenger cell. McLaren 570S Spider is only 46 kg heavier than the coupe version, which means that performance figures are basically the same. The way that McLaren cars are built using a carbon fibre tub means that there is no need for additional strengthening to counter reduced torsional rigidity when roof is removed. In other words, Spider is as stiff and strong as the coupe version.
McLaren 570S Spider is powered by a well-known 3.8 litre V8 engine with a couple of turbocharges. It produces 570PS at 7,500rpm and torque of 600Nm between 5,000rpm and 6,500rpm. Seven speed gearbox allows McLaren 570S Spider to reach 100km/h in 3.2 seconds and to 200km/h in astonishing 9.6 seconds. Top speed is 328km/h with the roof up and 315km/h with the roof down. Sounds pretty damn fast, if you ask us.
Of course, design of the supercar is very important as well. Rear spoiler of the Spider is a little taller than the one on the coupe, because rear upper design is a little different too. McLaren says that aerodynamic characteristics (downforce) is not much difference between convertible and the normal version of the 570S. Inside you would find stitched leather everywhere, 10-inch TFT main instrument cluster and a centrally mounted, 7-inch IRIS touchscreen for infotainment system. Customers will be able to choose from 20 different colours for their McLaren 570S Spider and can even go for an all-new, 10-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheel design. It does look nice with those alloys on.
So it is a nice convertible supercar, isn’t it? It isn’t. McLaren says it is a “luxury sports convertible”. However, for us it is a supercar – mid-engined, fast, customizable and expensive. Now, where do we get a couple of hundred thousand Euros to buy one…
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