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Is This Our First Look At The McLaren 720S Spider?

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Leaked patent images possibly preview an upcoming spider variant of the McLaren 720S.

Right now, the McLaren 720S is only available as a coupe but it seems inevitable that other versions will join it. If previous Super Series models are anything to go by, a new spider version is likely to be on the cards following the 12C Spider and 650S Spider.

The McLaren 720S Spider's existence has seemingly been confirmed, as AutoVisie claims to have uncovered some leaked patent images showing the convertible supercar's design in full. If these images are legitimate, the 720S Spider will boast a hardtop foldable roof that retains the sloping roofline of the coupe while adding a few visual changes to distinguish it from its fixed-roof sibling.

Inevitably, reinforcing the car's body to compensate for the lack of a fixed roof will likely result in a small weight increase adding a few more pounds to the coupe's dry weight of 2,829 lbs. Specifications will remain the same, however, meaning the 720S Spider will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 720 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. In the coupe, 0-62 mph takes 2.7 seconds before topping out at 212 mph.

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Expect the Spider variant to be a few tenths of a second slower off the line and have a slightly slower top speed due to the extra weight. Nothing is official yet but we expect the McLaren 720S Spider will make its public debut at next year's Geneva Motor Show in March two years after the coupe's debut.