The company’s most affordable convertible yet!

Introduced in 2015, the McLaren 570S brought the British firm into a new era. Not only it completed a three-car lineup, a first for McLaren, but it also became the company’s most affordable vehicle yet. Available in two versions with different outputs, the 570S also spawned a GT model with additional cargo space, softer suspension and improved insulation for touring enthusiasts. Come 2017, and the 570S had its roof chopped off (not literally, of course) to become the 570S Spider.

Unlike its siblings, the 570S Spider didn’t benefit from a glamorous unveiling at an auto show, but the drop-top supercar is just as important as any other McLaren. With the 570S giving the British firm access to a new niche, one that includes the iconic Porsche 911, the Spider now gives McLaren a weapon against the 911 Cabriolet and the Audi R8 Spyder. We will see the sports car in the metal at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but until then let’s have a closer look at the design and the spec sheet.

Updated 07/25/2017: McLaren dropped a series of new images for the new 570S Spider showing the car in three new colors: Curacao Blue, Sicilian Yellow and Vega Blue.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 McLaren 570S Spider.

Exterior

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Unlike most convertibles, the 570S Spider remains true to the coupe's original design behind the seats.

When the 650S, which replaced the McLaren MP4-12C, it arrived with a front fascia inspired by the P1, it became clear that the supercar’s design had become McLaren’s new corporate look. Not surprisingly, the smaller 570S received a similar front end with slightly bigger headlamps and a different bumper. But that’s not to say the 570S doesn’t have its own styling features.

The dihedral doors employ a "floating tendon" to divide the airflow, channeling it into the side intakes, while the rear section, unique to the Sports Series, features flying buttresses and teardrop-shaped glass. A pair of exhaust pipes flanking the diffuser and a new engine lid further set the 570S apart from the 650S.

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The top is electrically operated from the driver’s seat using one simple control that folds it beneath a tonneau cover.

All these details are also present on the 570S Spider, which is identical to the coupe, except for the folding hard-top roof. But, unlike most convertibles, the 570S Spider remains true to the coupe’s original design behind the seats. While cars such as the Lamborghini Huracan or Audi R8 gained redesigned engine covers, the 570S Spider’s is identical to the coupe’s. This is also due to the fact that the 570S Spider is actually a targa-style model and not a true convertible.

The top is electrically operated from the driver’s seat using one simple control that folds it beneath a tonneau cover that rises automatically to accommodate the lowered panels. The roof can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds, at vehicle speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph). A glazed wind deflector can be electrically raised or lowered at the push of a button, providing further protection at high speeds. The deflector reduces wind-buffeting when the roof is down and it can be lowered when the roof is raised to allow additional sound and fresh air into the cabin.

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Despite the more complex construction, the operating mechanism adds just 46 kg (101 pounds) to the weight of the coupe.

Owners wanting to enjoy more of the V-8’s powerful exhaust note can specify an optional sports system that features an ESG to channel exhaust sound towards the cabin, via the area beneath the tonneau cover.

McLaren claims that the retractable hardtop was designed "to withstand the severest conditions and is significantly more weather- and fade-resistant than fabric." Despite the more complex construction, the operating mechanism adds just 46 kg (101 pounds) to the weight of the coupe.

Exterior Dimensions

Length (Inches) 178.3
Wheelbase (Inches) 105
Height (Inches) 47.3
Width, with mirrors, (Inches) 82.5
Width, mirrors folded, (Inches) 80.5
Width, without mirrors, (Inches) 76
Track front/rear (Inches) 65.9/63.7

Interior

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As you might have already guessed, the 570S Spider’s interior is also identical to the Coupe’s, with the added feature of infinite headroom when the roof is packed away.

As you might have already guessed, the 570S Spider’s interior is also identical to the Coupe’s, with the added feature of infinite headroom when the roof is packed away.

Like every McLaren cabin so far, the 570S’ has been designed around the driver, with a focus on functionality and visibility. But the new model was also conceived to offer improved day-to-day usability and enhanced roominess, two very important features when competing against the popular Porsche 911. The ergonomic design of the cabin provides the most usable space of any McLaren to date, which is paired with a full infotainment system including a newly launched digital instrument cluster and seven-inch touchscreen with climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and either DAB digital or Sirius satellite radio.

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Is it luxurious enough to compete against the 911? Definitely; as McLaren provides leather-wrapped seats, leather-trimmed dashboard, and steering wheel as standard.

But is it luxurious enough to compete against the 911? Definitely; as McLaren provides leather-wrapped seats, leather-trimmed dashboard, and steering wheel as standard. Further customization is possible using McLaren’s extensive options list, which includes a wide range of Alcantara, Nappa leather, and carbon-fiber selections. A McLaren Audio Plus 8-Speaker Upgrade System and bespoke Bowers & Wilkins 12-Speaker Premium Audio System with 1,280-Watt surround sound are also available. The Brits also mention the availability of custom interior specification similar to those introduced on the 675LT.

Customers looking for a race-inspired feel behind the wheel can have the standard seats replaced by racing units. The 570S Spider might be a convertible, but that doesn’t mean it can’t handle a weekend at the race track.

Drivetrain

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Interestingly enough, despite the Spider being 101 pounds heavier than the Coupe, it's as fast from 0 to 62 mph.

Motivation is obviously provided by the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine powering McLaren’s entire lineup of supercars and sports cars (minus the 720S, which uses a larger, 4.0-liter unit). The mill comes with the exact same specs as the 570S Coupe, meaning it cranks out 570 PS (hence the name), which converts to 562 horsepower, and 443 pound-feet of torque.

Interestingly enough, despite the Spider being 101 pounds heavier than the Coupe, it’s just as fast from 0 to 62 mph, with the benchmark set at 3.2 seconds for both vehicles. The drop-top is indeed a tenth-second slower from 0 to 124 mph (9.6 versus 9.5 seconds), but it doesn’t sound like something customers would complain about.

Much like its coupe sibling, the drop-top is slower than its Porsche-badged rival, which charges from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds flat. However, the McLaren has a superior top speed at 204 mph, but it’s important to note that this figure is only available with the roof in place. In convertible mode, top speed drops to 196 mph, which places it two mph below the slower Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

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Despite gaining some 100 pounds, the 570S Spider is more than 500 pounds lighter than the 911 Turbo S.

But maybe more importantly to sports car enthusiasts, the 570S Spider is significantly lighter that its German rival. Despite gaining some 100 pounds, the 570S Spider is more than 500 pounds lighter than the 911 Turbo S and at least 100 pounds lighter than the Porsche 911 GT3. Likewise, it should deliver a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of at least 400 horses per ton.

The 570S Spider is also equipped with a stop-start system that contributes to overall efficiency; the sports car returns fuel economy of 10.7 liters per 100km (26.6 mpg) on the NEDC combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 249g/km. By no means a Prius, but not bad for a performance vehicle.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine configuration M838TE engine, 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8, 3,799cc
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power 562 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 443 LB-FT @ 5,000-6,500 RPM
Transmission 7-Speed seamless-shift gearbox (SSG)
0 -60mph 3.1 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 9.6 seconds
0-400 m / ¼ mile 11.0 seconds
Maximum speed (roof raised/roof lowered) 204/196 mph
200 – 0 km/h (124 mph – 0) braking 5.3 seconds
100 – 0 km/h (62 mph – 0) braking 3.2 seconds/32 metres
Weight 3,302 Lbs

Chassis, Suspension And Brakes

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The 570S Spider also employs McLaren’s carbon-fiber, MonoCell II chassis, specifically tuned for day-to-day usability. The chassis weighs less than 176 pounds in the 570S Coupe, but it’s strong and stiff enough to provide optimum levels of performance and protection, according to the company. The suspension system uses independent adaptive dampers with front and rear anti-rollbars and dual wishbones, and it should be transferred into the Spider with the same specifications and three modes — "Normal", "Sport" and "Track." Stopping power comes from carbon-ceramic brakes, while grip is provided by Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

Prices

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U.S. pricing for the 570S Spider starts from $208,800, which accounts for a $23,900 premium over the coupe, which retails from $184,900. In the U.K., the sports car costs £164,750 in the U.K., a £21,500 or 15-percent premium over the coupe.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 570S Coupe.

Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

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The Porsche 911 Turbo is already an established icon and McLaren’s main contender in this niche. Updated recently with new features front and rear and revised tech inside the cabin, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is faster and more powerful than ever. The 3.8-liter flat-six engine cranks out 540 horsepower in the Turbo model, sending flying from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds with the Sport Chrono package. Top speed is limited at 198 mph. If that’s not enough, the Turbo S comes with 580 horsepower on tap and a 0-to-60 mph sprint only 2.9 seconds with Sport Chrono. Top speed for this model is estimated at 205, just a hair faster than the 570S. The 911 Turbo’s tremendous performance is also the results of an all-wheel-drive system, which makes it less of a purists’s car compared to any McLaren out there. Prices are pretty much similar, starting from $174,100 for the Turbo Cabriolet and $203,000 for the Turbo S Cabriolet.

Find out more about the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet here.

Audi R8 Spyder

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Although not as old as the 911, the R8 is also an established vehicle in the sports car market and the 2017 model year is the first for the redesigned Spyder model. Now sporting the more angular lines of the second-gen R8, the Spyder has a more menacing stance and a unique design compared to anything else on the market. It’s also better suited to go against the 570S Spider due to its mid-engined configuration (remember, the 911 Turbo is rear-engined!). The R8 also has the biggest engine of the pack, using a 5.2-liter V-10 shared with the Lamborghini Huracan. Output is rated at 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, which returns a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. For 2018, Audi also launched the Spyder Plus, which comes with 610 horses and a quicker, 3.2-second sprint to 60 mph, to go with a top speed of 204 mph. Pricing for the R8 Spyder starts from $175,100, while the Spyder Plus is expected to fetch in excess of $200,000.

Find out more about the Audi R8 Spyder here.

Conclusion

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Along with the 540C Spider and 570S GT, the 570S Spider is part of the next logical step in expanding the Sports Series lineup. Granted, it didn’t bring anything new except for the removal top, but that’s exactly what makes it special, because being able to cruise in an open sports car is a remarkable experience. What’s more, with Porsche already offering a convertible version of the 911 Turbo S and Audi having launched a drop-top R8, McLaren had no choice but to join this niche in order to keep customers happy.

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Press release

The new McLaren 570S Spider combines the exceptional dynamism and refinement of the 570S Coupé with the extra exhilaration of open-air motoring. Hand-assembled in Woking, England, the 570S Spider is the most attainable McLaren Spider ever and brings supercar attributes such as carbon-fibre construction, a mid-engined layout and extreme performance for the first time to the luxury sports convertible segment.

The two-seat, rear-wheel drive 570S Spider is the third bodystyle in McLaren’s Sports Series portfolio, lining up alongside the Coupé and the GT. Compared to the Coupé, the 570S Spider adds a neatly integrated, retractable hardtop that when lowered delivers an even more immersive and exhilarating driving experience. The two-piece roof – which is engineered using technology proven in the McLaren 650S and 675LT Spider models – is constructed of lightweight composite panels and creates a purposeful, sleek appearance whether raised or lowered.

Most importantly, there are no performance compromises versus the 570S Coupé, with the Spider maintaining the same electrifying pace, dynamic excellence and impressive refinement. The carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis at the heart of all Sports Series cars does not suffer any reduction in strength or stiffness in convertible guise, or require any additional structural actions. This has allowed McLaren engineers to design and develop the 570S Spider without concerns that are potentially a significant issue with steel or aluminium structures.

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“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 fibre MonoCell II chassis guarantee the same thrilling dynamic performance and exceptional driver involvement enjoyed in a 570S Coupé, but with the added attraction of a retractable hard-top that delivers the extra exhilaration of roof-down motoring.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

Electrically operated from the driver’s seat using one simple control, the roof folds effortlessly to stow beneath a beautifully crafted tonneau cover that rises automatically to accommodate the lowered panels and returns to its closed position with the assistance of soft-close technology. The roof can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds, at vehicle speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph).

A glazed wind deflector can be electrically raised or lowered at the push of a button, providing further versatility with the roof up or down. The deflector reduces wind-buffeting when the roof is down and if desired can be lowered when the roof is raised to allow additional sound and fresh air into the cabin. Owners wanting to enjoy even more of the distinctive exhaust note of the new Spider can specify an optional sports system that features an ESG to channel exhaust sound towards the cabin, via the area beneath the tonneau cover.

The retractable hardtop is designed to withstand the severest conditions and is significantly more weather- and fade-resistant than fabric, yet with its operating mechanism adds just 46kg to the weight of the Spider; this is the only variance in weight between the new convertible and the 570S Coupé.

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Supercar performance

The combination of lightweight carbon fibre construction and an incredibly potent 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine, means that the new 570S Spider is both more powerful and lighter than comparable convertibles, with an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 419PS-per-tonne (lightest dry weight).

Positioned behind the driver, the twin-turbocharged McLaren M838TE engine produces 570PS at 7,400rpm and torque of 600Nm between 5,000rpm and 6,500rpm. In combination with a rapid yet smooth seven-speed seamless-shift gearbox featuring Launch Control technology, the result is a luxury sports convertible with supercar acceleration from standstill to 100km/h (62mph) in 3.2 seconds and to 200km/h (124mph) in just 9.6 seconds.

Top speed is 328km/h (204mph) with the roof in place – identical to the 570S Coupé – and even with the roof lowered, the new Spider can reach 315km/h (196mph). Complementing this extreme performance is a stop-start system that contributes to overall efficiency; the 570S Spider returns official fuel economy of 10.7 litres/100km (26.6mpg) in the NEDC combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 249g/km.

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Exceptional body control

McLaren’s new Spider employs racecar-style, double-wishbone suspension all-round, with steel springs, twin-valve adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars calibrated to the same exacting specification as the 570S Coupé. Body control is exceptional and the overall drive incredibly pure and rewarding, while retaining impressive comfort. Accessing the Active Dynamics Panel adds another level of personal choice, allowing the driver to choose from Normal, Sport or Track modes, for progressively softer or firmer suspension. This versatility ensures that the Spider is as at ease in everyday use as it is on a race track.

Electro-hydraulically assisted power steering, carbon-ceramic brakes and Pirelli P ZERO™ CORSA tyres are standard, while the latest chassis software both enhances the driving experience and increases safety. Developed originally for Formula 1™, Brake Steer aids cornering and reduces understeer by subtly applying braking force to the inside rear wheel as the driver turns in to a corner. Performance Traction Control calibrated by McLaren provides precise control in extreme situations, while the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system includes a ‘Dynamic’ mode with reduced intervention and increased ‘driftability’, allowing drivers to enjoy the 570S Spider’s dynamic potential with confidence.

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Tailored design

The breath-taking body design is enhanced by a rear spoiler, finished in Dark Palladium grey (a visible carbon fibre finish is available at additional cost via McLaren Special Operations) and 12mm taller than the rear spoiler of the 570S Coupé. The higher spoiler provides additional downforce to offset the aerodynamic changes resulting from the Spider having a different rear upper body design, ensuring exceptional aerodynamic balance overall that is the equal of the Coupé.

Designed around a perfect driving position that puts the driver at the centre of the action, the sophisticated cabin blends exceptional levels of craftsmanship, quality and technology; hand-stitched leather on the seats, door casings, dashboard and centre console sits side-by-side with a 10-inch TFT main instrument cluster and a centrally mounted, 7-inch IRIS touchscreen through which climate control and infotainment functionality are managed.

Customers can choose from standard six-way-adjustable or optional eight-way adjustable electric memory seats, with luxurious Nappa leather or performance-oriented Alcantara® trim available at additional cost. Lightweight carbon-fibre-shelled sports seats, the same as those fitted to the McLaren P1™, can also be specified.

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Three new exterior colours celebrate the Spider’s introduction, with Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow joining the existing Sports Series palette and giving Spider customers a choice of 20 colours in total. The new hues dramatically showcase the complex forms of the aluminium bodywork and unique-in-class dihedral doors, particularly when combined for added visual impact with an optional Dark Palladium grey contrast finish on the roof, windscreen pillars and rear buttresses.

An all-new, 10-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheel design (19-inch front, 20-inch rear) has been crafted as an option for the new 570S Spider. For further differentiation, a new brake caliper colour, Liquid Black, is also available.

Available to order now from more than 80 McLaren retailers worldwide, each 570S Spider is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England.

The new McLaren 570S Spider will make its public debut on 29th June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, West Sussex, UK and the first cars are scheduled to be delivered to customers in August.

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