McLaren reveals new 720S Spider, coming March 2019

10 Dec 2018

Winter probably isn’t the time of year you’ll be thinking about what your next convertible car will be, but it should be.

That’s because McLaren has just revealed the new top-down version of the 720S, due here in March 2019.

Available to order now with prices starting from £237,000, the hardtop 720S Spider is McLaren’s most accomplished convertible supercar yet, pulling together the thrill of open-air driving with unparalleled dynamic performance and sophistication.

Under the bonnet is a 710bhp four-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 770Nm of torque. This is enough oomph to hurtle it from zero to 62mph in 2.9 seconds, which is the same as the 720S Coupé, its fixed roof sibling.

From there, the 720S Spider can double its speed to 124mph in five seconds (0-124mph: 7.9 seconds), before hitting a top speed of 212mph or 202mph with the roof down.

With a dry weight of 1,332kg, the 720S Spider hits a power-to-weight ratio of 532bhp per tonne and is the lightest in its class, weighing just 49kg more than the 720S Coupé and 88kg less than its closest competitor.

Let’s talk about that roof: McLaren’s patented new carbon fibre roof system means you can have the roof down and electronically tucked away in 11 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, which is the fastest-operating time in the supercar class.

This retractable hard top is available glazed with an electrochromic glass panel that can rapidly switch between tinted and transparent states.

The 720S Spider needs no additional strengthening over the coupé due to its light, stiff and extremely strong Monocage II-S carbon fibre core delivering a convertible without compromise and guaranteeing exceptional dynamic agility.