Does the McLaren Speedtail look better as a spider to you?
Last week, McLaren lifted the wraps off its brand-new Ultimate Series hypercar, the Speedtail. Essentially, the Speedtail is the spiritual successor to the F1 we’ve been waiting for, adopting a central driving position just like the iconic 1990s hypercar. Only 106 examples will roll off the assembly line, mirroring the McLaren F1’s production run.
The McLaren Speedtail is only being offered as a coupe, but it unsurprisingly hasn’t taken long for a render artist to create an alternative version. Artist Nicolas Proulx has digitally removed the Hyper-GT’s roof to create a McLaren Speedtail Spider and it looks stunning, accentuating the car's sloping shape.
Some may even argue it looks even better than the coupe since the unusual design has had a mixed response. The automaker hasn’t announced plans to make an open-top Speedtail, but the three-seat layout could make adding a foldable roof impractical so we doubt it will ever happen.
If a McLaren Speedtail Spider ever did become a reality, it would be powered by the coupe’s hybrid powertrain that develops a combined 1,036 hp. With a top speed of 250 mph, it would undoubtedly become one of the fastest and most powerful convertibles on the planet.
Thanks to its dry weight of just 3,152 pounds, the Speedtail accelerates from 0-182 mph in just 12.8 seconds, though a hypothetical convertible version would be slightly slower off the line due to its extra weight. Curiously, the render artist has also added traditional door mirrors to the Speedtail Spider. Perhaps it's an attempt to make the Speedtail street-legal in the US since the coupe has retractable digital rear-view cameras instead.