Despite having an electronically-operated hardtop, there's no compromise on performance.
Ahead of its global debut at the Goodwood FOS later this month, McLaren has introduced the all-new 570S Spider, fitting its entry-level supercar with a two-piece retractable hardtop that borrows tech from the drop-top variants of the 650S and 675LT. Despite adding (just) 46 kg of weight, which can all be attributed to the roof's operating mechanism, there has been no compromise on performance, with the Spider equaling the spectacular Coupe's 0-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds and top speed of 204 mph (196 mph with the roof down).
There is no reduction in structural rigidity to the carbon-fiber chassis, nor did it require any additional stiffening. Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive, said of the new model: "The McLaren 570S Spider is the most attainable McLaren Spider to date and adds yet another dimension to the McLaren Sports Series family. This is a convertible without compromise; its mid-engined layout and carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis guarantee the same thrilling dynamic performance and exceptional driver involvement enjoyed in a 570S Coupe, but with the added attraction of a retractable hard-top that delivers the extra exhilaration of roof-down motoring."
At speeds of up to 25 mph, from a single control the driver can fold the roof away beneath a tonneau cover in just 15 seconds. It takes the same time to close, with the roof designed to withstand the severest of weather conditions. A glazed wind deflector can be lowered at the touch of a button to allow more sound and air into the cabin, while when raised it reduces buffeting. McLaren also offers an optional sports system on the 570S Spider, featuring an ESG to route even more exhaust sound towards the cockpit. Finished in Dark Palladium grey (or optional visible carbon fiber), the rear spoiler is 12 mm taller than on the 570S Coupe.
This provides additional downforce to offset the aerodynamic changes resulting from the Spider's unique rear upper body design. Power comes from McLaren's ubiquitous 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, sending 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with Launch Control, enabling the 570S Spider to reach 124 mph in just 9.6 seconds. Three new exterior colors of Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow takes the three-model Sports Series palette to 20 colors. There's also a new set of 10-inch alloys, staggered 19/20 inches front/rear, housing brake calipers in a new shade of Liquid Black.
Customers can also option eight-way adjustable electric memory seats in Nappa leather with Alcantara trim or lightweight carbon-fiber-shelled sports seats from the P1. Available to order now priced from $208,000 in the US, deliveries of the McLaren 570S Spider will start in September.