How to take on the Porsche 911 dynasty Part I: Bring on the variants.
As much as it was reprimanded for being too clinical compared to its Italian supercar cousins, McLaren is now well known as a purveyor of endorphins, so effective in its mode of administration that drug dealers would be rendered obsolete if each of these British supercars was more attainable to the everyman. In order to help keep a competitive edge against Ferrari Porsche, Autocar has just learned that McLaren will be giving buyers of the 570S the option to get closer to the skies with a Spider model.
When it comes, it will retain every pony of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8’s 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque budget, enabling for occupants to get high off of the massive G force and the sounds of hissing and popping turbochargers against the background of whooshing wind. Though CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed that the upgrade was coming to the 570S, he made sure to mention that the 540C range would not be seeing a roofless version. "With the 540C, by the time you add options it can cost the same as a 570S, which is why we only offer it in certain markets," Flewitt said. "And because of that it doesn't make sense to do a 540C Spider. There will never be a 540 GT either."
Lesson in economies of scale aside, the 570S Spider is a fantastic idea, enabling the sports car to better fight the Porsche 911 by offering buyers more options to customize their rides without getting an MSO one-off. As Autocar notes, if the weight premium the 570S Spider carries over the hard top 570S is the same as what the drop-top 650S has over the coupe, we can expect the 570S Spider to weigh an extra 88 pounds. Given McLaren’s skill for preserving performance despite the added weight and lessened chassis rigidity, we shouldn’t expect performance metrics to drop too far. What will change, aside from weight, will be price. Expect to pay an extra $25,000 over base price for the Spider.