The cool and fast 720S goes topless

Introduced in December 2018, right between the auto shows in Los Angeles and Detroit, the 720S Spider replaces the 650S Spider in the lineup and enables McLaren to compete with the 488 Spider and Huracan Spyder. It’s the third member of the family, joining the coupe and the race-spec 720S GT3. The 720S Spider shares all exterior and interior features, as well as the drivetrain centered around the 4.0-liter V-8 engine, with the coupe model. Although it’s 108 pounds heavier than the coupe, the 720S Spider remains the lightest in its class with a dry weight of 2,937 pounds.

  • 2019 McLaren 720S Spider
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7 Speed SSG
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    710 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    568 @ 6500
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    212 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.8/10

2019 McLaren 720S Spider Exterior

  • Almost identical to the coupe
  • Aggressive, unique design
  • Enhanced aerodynamics
  • Canopy-style roof
  • Retractable rear wing
  • Removable top
  • Flying buttresses
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As seen in the teasers and spy shots, the Spider model is identical to the coupe as far as design goes.

With the roof in place, the drop-top looks exactly like its coupe counterpart.

This isn’t surprising, as the story is pretty much the same with convertible versions of supercars from all the other companies.

Styling-wise, the 720S is a radical departure from its predecessor, featuring a more angular design up front with headlamps carved deep into the fascia. McLaren also separated the daytime running lights from the main lamps for this model. The bumper of the Spider is identical as well, with two big outlets set at the corners and a clear carbon-fiber splitter below.

It’s in the side profile that the 720S reminds a bit of the 650S, but it has a lower beltline and a more aerodynamic, canopy-style roof. McLaren also moved the big rear fender vents seen on the 650S into the side skirts, keeping the main body panels cleaner. Cooling isn’t an issue though, as the "double-skin" design of the dihedral doors channel extra air to the engine.

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The rear section of the 720S employs a flatter fascia with thin LED strips for taillights. A pair of big, round tailpipes sit high in the fascia, flanking the "McLaren" logo on the main grille.

The rear diffuser was also redesigned, and it’s clearly inspired by motorsport.

Two wide openings give us visual access to the lower section of the drivetrain.

McLaren also created a new wing system for the 720S, replacing the small wing seen on the 650S with an aerodynamic device that occupies a large portion of the decklid. When activated, the rear section of the spoiler lifts to create a wing-like element. While the spoiler is identical to the one on the coupe, the deployment pattern was revised for the drop-top. Specifically, the aero settings differ depending on whether the hard-top is raised or lowered, as the vehicle electronics are automatically aware of which position it is in.

Due to the top, the doors now have a frameless design, while the engine hood was revised to adopt a flying buttress design.

The cool thing is that the buttresses are made from glazed glass, which means you can see through them. This improves rearward visibility, even when the top is in place.

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You can choose for a wide range of wheels, but McLaren also offers a unique, 10-spoke design. Just like the coupe, the Spider rides on Pirelli P Zero tires developed specifically for the 720S.

Finally, McLaren introduced two new colors for the Spider, Belize Blue, and Aztec Gold.

These paints join an existing palette of 23 hues, including Supernova Silver, a Heritage color that was first available on the 12C.

2019 McLaren 720S Spider - Exterior Dimensions

Length, inches 179
Wheelbase, inches 105
Height, inches 47
Width, with mirrors, inches 85
Width, mirrors folded, inches 81
Width, without mirrors, inches 76
Track (to contact patch center), inches Front: 65.9; Rear: 64.2
Lightest dry weight, lbs 2,937
DIN weight, kg (lbs) [fluids + 90% fuel] 3,236
Luggage capacity (DIN) Front: 5.3 cubic feet; Rear: 2cubic feet

The Roof

McLaren patented a new carbon-fiber roof system for this supercar. The electrically actuated system needs only 11 seconds to open or close, at speeds of up to 31 mph, which makes it the quickest-operating roof in the supercar class. That’s also six seconds quicker than the 650S Spider.

The top is a brand-new design that incorporates a one-piece, carbon-fiber panel as standard.

It also provides a carbon-fiber upper structure when the roof is closed. The folding mechanism is electrical and twice as quiet in operation compared to the 650S. McLaren also says that new insulation materials make the cabin quieter than that of the 650S Coupe.

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The rear window lowers automatically when the roof is folded, moving into an optimum position to reduce airflow into the cabin. You can also control it independently to let the sound of the engine inside when the roof is up.

In addition to the carbon-fiber top, McLaren offers a glass roof as well.

The carbon-framed, transparent top allows more light into the cabin made as it’s made from electrochromic glass, which can rapidly switch between tinted and transparent states. When the ignition is off, the glass returns to its tinted setting, helping keep the cabin cool during hot days. A memory function will automatically return it to your favorite setting when you start the car.

2019 McLaren 720S Spider Interior

  • Race-inspired design
  • Loads of carbon-fiber
  • Flat-bottomed steering wheel
  • Driver-oriented center stack
  • Eight-inch display
  • Rotating instrument cluster
  • Leather and Alcantara
  • Carbon-fiber seats
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Heavily inspired by the racing world and packed with tons of carbon-fiber elements, the 720S’ interior is mind-blowing, to say the least. The slim center stack fitted with a vertical, tablet-style display is oriented toward the driver seat and separates the main cockpit from the rest of the cabin.

All the important buttons and knobs related to the infotainment system are mounted near the steering wheel, while the transmission controls are stacked on top of each other below, making things very practical.

While the carbon-fiber steering wheel retains most of the design of the old wheel in the 650S, the instrument cluster is not only new but also revolutionary.

It’s called the "Folding Drive Display," and it’s designed to rotate around its horizontal axis, so it works like a conventional screen or a slim unit for track use.
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Specifically, when used in the upright position, it shows the comprehensive data you get in any car. It includes speedo and rev counter gauges, info on performance, consumption, and temperature for various drivetrain components. Switch to Slim Display, and it will show only essential data on a small strip, similar to race cars. This feature comes in handy at the race track, where drivers need to remain focused on the course ahead.

The new eight-inch infotainment screen features multiple applications and gives access to audio, media, and navigation controls.

It also provides quick-access keys to other functions, making the infotainment system much easier to use while driving.

While sporty, the 720S’ cabin is also luxurious, featuring switches machined from aluminum, fine leather upholstery, Alcantara, carbon-fiber, contrast stitching, and top-of-the-league fit and finish. Just like the coupe, the Spider should benefit from a wide range of upholstery colors and the usual carbon-fiber and Alcantara packages, including racing carbon seats.

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Of course, you can enjoy all of the above while driving in the open-top configuration. But even when the roof is folded, and you’re driving at high speeds, the cabin remains comfortable thanks to the design of the buttresses and the rear window. An aerodynamic carrier helps prevent airflow entering the cabin, so you don’t have to worry about using extra hair gel.

McLaren also designed the top's carbon-fiber structure to save as much luggage space as possible.

There’s two cubic feet of stowage available under the tonneau cover with the roof raised. Granted, that’s not a whole lot, but you can store small items in there, including a bad.

2019 McLaren 720S Spider Drivetrain

  • 4.0-liter V-8
  • 710 horsepower
  • 568 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds
  • Top speed at up to 212 mph
  • Carbon-fiber tub
  • Pirelli P Zero tires
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Naturally, the Spider shares drivetrain components with the coupe, so it features the same twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

Heavily based on the previous 3.8-liter mill, sharing 59 percent of existing parts, the revised V-8 cranks out a whopping 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

That’s a 70-horsepower and 68-pound-foot increase over the 650S. It’s the most powerful Super Series model yet!

Despite being 108 pounds heavier than the coupe, the Spider is equally fast. The sprint to 60 mph takes 2.8 seconds, which also makes it the quickest in its class. It’s also two tenths quicker than the 650S Spider and on par with the awesome 675LT. It’s no surprise that McLaren calls the 720S Spider "the most accomplished convertible supercar" it ever made.

Getting from 0 to 124 mph in this supercar will take 7.9 seconds, just a tenth-second slower than the coupe and around a half-second quicker than the 650S Spider. The quarter-mile coms in at 10.4 clicks, also a tenth-second slower than the coupe.

Despite being 108 pounds heavier than the coupe, the Spider is equally quick from 0 to 60 mph

The Spider’s top speed also matches that of the coupe at 212 mph, a five-mph increase over the 650S. However, this figure can be reached only with the top up. When the roof is folded, the supercar won’t go beyond 202 mph.

Just like the coupe, the 720S Spider is built around a carbon-fiber tub and upper structure called the McLaren Monocage II and introduced in 2017. This layout delivers extreme strength and rigidity in a lightweight structure and it’s combined with a range of aluminum alloys in the chassis. To provide enhanced rollover protection for passengers, fixed carbon-fiber structural supports are integrated into the rear of the Monocage II, also providing main anchor points for the roof system and the seatbelts. Compared to the 650S Spider, the 720S Spider’s structure is 15 pounds lighter.

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The supercar also features a new generation of the company’s Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension, and electro-hydraulic steering for increased grip, balance, and performance.

2019 McLaren 720S Spider Specifications

Engine configuration M840T engine, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, 3,994cc
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power bhp/kW @ rpm 710/537 @ 7,500rpm
Torque lb ft @ rpm 568 @ 5,500-6,500rpm
Transmission 7 Speed SSG. Comfort, Sport and Track modes
Steering Electro-hydraulic; power-assisted
Chassis Carbon fibre MonoCage II-S monocoque, with aluminum front and rear crash structures
Suspension Independent adaptive dampers, dual aluminum wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II). Comfort, Sport and Track modes
Brakes Carbon Ceramic discs (Front: 15.3in Rear: 15in); aluminum calipers (6-piston front; 4-piston rear)
Wheels (inches) Front: 9J x 19; Rear: 11J x 20
Tires Front: 245/35/R19 93Y; Rear: 305/30/R20 103Y
ACCELERATION
0 -97km/h (0-60mph) 2.8 seconds
0-100km/h (0-62mph) 2.9 seconds
0-200km/h (0-124mph) 7.9 seconds
0-300km/h (0-186mph) 22.4 seconds
0-400m / ¼ mile 10.4 seconds
Maximum Speed (RHT raised/RHT lowered) 212mph/202mph
124mph – 0 braking 4.6 seconds/387ft
62mph – 0 braking 2.8 seconds/99.4ft

2019 McLaren 720S Spider Pricing

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Pricing for the 720S Spider starts from $315,000 in the U.S., a notable $30,000 increase over the coupe model. Deliveries to customers will begin in March 2019. The 720S Spider is available in the same three specifications as the coupe, with Performance and Luxury trims sitting above the standard model.

2019 McLaren 720S Spider Competition

Ferrari 488 Spider

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Developed as a replacement for the 458 Italia, the 488 GTB introduced a more aggressive design language somewhat inspired by the LaFerrari. It also arrived with a new engine, as Ferrari replaced the old naturally aspirated V-8 with a twin-turbo, 3.9-liter mill. The unit cranks out 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, and even though the 488 is not as powerful as the 720S, it’s almost as quick, needing three seconds to hit 60 mph. However, it will take notably longer, like 8.7 ticks, to get to 124 mph. The 488 Spider hits a maximum speed of 203 mph. If you want a Ferrari that’s just as powerful and quick as the 720S Spider, you need to go with the beefed-up 488 Pista Spider. Not only more aerodynamic, but it also features an upgraded V-8 rated at 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. This version needs 2.9 seconds to reach 60 mph and 7.6 clicks to get to 124 mph. The 488 Spider starts from around $260,000, which makes it more affordable than the 720S, but the Pista Spider costs in excess of $330,000.

Read our full reviews of the Ferrari 488 Spider and Ferrari 488 Pista Spider.

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

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Around since 2016, the Huracan Spyder stands out as the only supercar in this comparison to still feature a naturally aspirated engine. It’s also powered by a V-10 instead of the more popular V-8 layout. Shared with the Audi R8, the 5.2-liter engine generates 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque in the Huracan. Notably less powerful than the 720S, the Huracan Spyder is also significantly lower. The sprint to 62 mph takes 3.4, while the 124-mph mark comes in 10.2 seconds. Its top speed is also notably inferior at 201 mph. You can get better performance with the Huracan Performante Spyder. Fitted with active aerodynamics, extra carbon-fiber, and a more aggressive exterior, the Performante is among the quickest supercars on the Nurburgring track. That’s because the upgraded V-10 engine also delivers more oomph at 631 horsepower. It’s still not as quick as the 720S Spider with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 3.1 seconds, but it’s not far behind either. The Huracan Spyder is notably more affordable at around $250,000, but the Performante version costs more than $300,000.

Read our full stories on the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder and Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder.

Conclusion

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The McLaren 720S set a new benchmark in this niche, leaving behind both the Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan. In order to match its performance, you actually need to spend more and get the beefed-up 488 Pista or Huracan Performance versions. This speaks volumes of the tremendous effort McLaren put into its supercar. And once a successor for the 675LT will arrive (most likely the 750LT), Ferrari and Lambo will fall behind once again. The 720S Spider carries over with the same legacy in order to extend McLaren’s domination in the convertible market.

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    • More expensive than the competition

Further reading

2018 McLaren 720S High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

McLaren 720S Velocity Is The First MSO Special-Edition Super Series High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S Velocity.

2015 McLaren 650S Spider High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2015 McLaren 650S Spider.

New 720S Spider the most accomplished convertible supercar ever from McLaren, combining the thrill of open-air driving with unparalleled Super Series dynamic performance and sophistication

Light, stiff and extremely strong Monocage II-S carbon fibre core features integrated rollover protection structure (ROPS); needs no additional strengthening over Coupé, ensuring a convertible without compromise and guaranteeing exceptional dynamic agility

Bespoke carbon fibre body structure and new Retractable Hard Top (RHT) support a lightest dry weight of 2,937lbs – lightest in class at just 108lbs more than the 720S Coupé and 194lbs less than the dry weight of its closest competitor

Unparalleled visibility due to unique, glazed flying buttresses that also accentuate aerodynamic purity of design and increase downforce

Patented new carbon fibre roof system is electrically actuated and delivers fastest-operating time in the supercar class, lowering or raising in 11 seconds at vehicle speeds of up to 31mph

Retractable Hard Top is available glazed with an electrochromic glass panel that can rapidly switch between tinted and transparent states

4.0-liter twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine produces 710 bhp and 568lb ft of torque, with a power-to-weight ratio for 720S Spider at lightest dry weight of 533 bhp/ton

Acceleration from 0-60mph is same as 720S Coupé at 2.8 seconds; 0-124mph in 7.9 seconds; maximum speed with roof raised 212mph – roof lowered 202mph

Active rear spoiler aerodynamics automatically tuned to closed- or open-roof driving

720S Spider is second new model under £1.2bn McLaren Automotive Track25 business plan

Deliveries to customers commence March 2019; US prices start from $315,000

McLaren Automotive, the British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars, is expanding its Super Series product family with the introduction of a second new model under the £1.2bn Track25 business plan and its most accomplished convertible supercar ever: the new 720S Spider.

Revealed online today, December 8, 2018 and available to order with immediate effect, the new 720S Spider delivers the exhilaration of open-air driving and levels of day-to-day usability unseen in the convertible supercar class.

“The new McLaren 720S Spider offers an unparalleled blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury, driver involvement and daily usability – all with the additional exhilaration of open-air driving whenever required. As the most accomplished convertible supercar ever, the new Spider delivers across a remarkable spectrum of abilities to outstandingly high levels, and as lightest in class with an increase of just 108lbs over the 720S Coupé, moves us even further ahead of our competition in the weight race.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

The design foundations of the new McLaren Spider are the seamless and organic forms introduced in 2017 with the 720S Coupé. Combining to maximize downforce, minimize drag, enhance powertrain cooling and optimize aerodynamic performance, these shapes produce an overall appearance akin to a futuristic sculpture, formed by the air that flows over, under, around and through it. A new, electrically actuated Retractable Hard Top (RHT) is seamlessly integrated into the design, as are new buttresses.

Carbon fibre core for strength and light weight

Like all McLaren cars, the new 720S Spider has a carbon fibre structure at its core, in this case designated Monocage II-S. The strength, rigidity and light weight of the McLaren Monocage is the base for the dynamic excellence for which McLarens are renowned. The Monocage II-S is a development of the Coupé ’s Monocage II, without the central ‘spine’ running front to rear above the cabin. The rearmost section of the upper structure is also unique to the Spider, to accommodate the Retractable Hard Top; additionally, the header rail across the top of the windscreen has been revised, to integrate the central latching mechanism.

McLaren’s engineering ingenuity, underpinned by the inherent strength and rigidity of carbon fibre, means that despite the removal of the fixed roof there is no need for additional strengthening; even the unusually slim but incredibly strong windscreen A-pillars first seen on the 720S Coupé remain. To provide enhanced rollover protection for occupants, fixed carbon fibre structural supports are integrated into the rear of the Monocage II-S, additionally providing the main anchor points for the roof system and the seatbelts. In the first-generation Super Series, steel supports featured and the switch to carbon fibre has contributed to the Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) in the 720S Spider being 15lbs lighter than in the 650S.

Overall, the new 720S Spider is just 108lbs – or less than 4% - heavier than the 720S Coupé. The increased weight is primarily associated with the RHT and tonneau system. With a lightest dry weight of 2,937lbs, the 720S Spider is comfortably the lightest car in its competitive set, at 194lbs less than the 3,131lbs dry weight of its closest rival. The low weight is the foundation for the dynamic, performance and efficiency benefits that McLaren is so adept at exploiting for the greater enjoyment of its customers.

Unique glazed flying buttresses aid rear visibility, enhance visual drama

The canopy-like design of the 720S Coupé is recognized for the sense of 360-degree vision it provides, allowing light to flood into the cabin and setting a new benchmark for visibility. This philosophy of unrivalled vision is central to the second-generation Super Series and the new Spider moves the game on again, with unique, glazed flying buttresses further aiding driver visibility as well as adding visual drama to the car.

The leading edge of the buttress features an aerodynamic carrier to guide airflow, before dramatically tapering off to expose darkened glazing; the design and the use of glass delivers a 12% improvement in over-the-shoulder visibility compared to the previous McLaren Super Series Spider.

To accommodate the Retractable Hard Top, the Monocage II-S features a new carbon fibre upper structure engineered to sit as close as possible to the air charge coolers and intake plenum. This maximizes luggage space; there is two cubic feet of stowage available under the tonneau cover with the roof raised. The tonneau cover also sits lower than that of a 650S Spider – again by 0.87in– extending visibility by 24.6ft in length.

Ferocious acceleration on par with 720S Coupé; 202mph with the roof down…

The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine that powers the 720S Spider is unchanged from the Coupé. Mid-mounted for exceptional handling and purity of response, it produces 710bhp and 568lb ft torque and –given the lightest-in-class weight of the 720S Spider and resulting power-to-weight ratio of 533bhp-per-ton at lightest dry weight – it is no surprise that performance is extreme.

Acceleration is nothing short of phenomenal, with 0-60mph covered in 2.8 seconds and 0-124mph achieved in just 7.9 seconds – just 0.1 seconds off the pace of the Coupé. The standing quarter mile sprint is dispatched in 10.4 seconds – again, only 0.1 seconds slower than the Coupé – and where conditions allow, the 720S Spider will continue accelerating to a Coupé-matching top speed of 212mph with the roof raised. Even with the roof lowered, maximum speed remains extraordinary at 202mph. The minor variations in performance arise from differing aerodynamics and the additional 108lbs the Spider carries.

The 720S Spider has the same dramatic ‘eye sockets’ cut deep into the front fenders and double-skinned dihedral doors immediately obvious on the Coupé – just two of the body design elements that play an integral role in delivering the extraordinary aerodynamic efficiency and balance the 720S possesses. Beyond this, the front splitter and contoured bonnet, for example, dictate and control the airflow through, over, around and under the rest of the vehicle, while behind the front splitter, the underfloor aerodynamics have been revised to work in harmony with the new rear bodywork and full-width active rear spoiler of the 720S Spider.

The rollover protection technology brings an advantage in respect of size as well as weight, the compact system having allowed McLaren’s design and engineering team to create incredibly slim tonneau buttress. This improves over-the-shoulder visibility for the driver and contributes to a sensation of exceptional space overall, while also increasing aerodynamic downforce.

Patented, one-piece Retractable Hard Top is fastest-operating supercar convertible roof

The Retractable Hard Top (RHT) of the 720S Spider is a completely new design, with a one-piece, carbon fibre roof panel as standard. The hardtop maintains the distinctive silhouette and aerodynamic purity of the 720S Coupé and provides a full carbon fibre upper structure when the roof is closed. The folding mechanism for McLaren’s new RHT is electrically rather than hydraulically driven and the system is the fastest-operating convertible roof in the supercar class, with the retractable hard top lowered or raised in just 11 seconds – six seconds quicker than the 650S Spider. The combination of e-motors and the strength and light weight of the carbon fibre RHT enables a maximum vehicle speed during operation of 31mph – a significant increase from the 18.5mph of the 650S. With these performance statistics, it is no surprise that McLaren has registered three worldwide patents for the roof system.

The new RHT is twice as quiet in operation as the first-generation Super Series convertible, with occupants experiencing additional sound on par with background noise in a quiet library when the roof is operating. This serenity is indicative of exceptional refinement overall, with noise levels inside the cabin of the Spider with the roof raised measurably less than those experienced in a 650S Coupé – true testament to the engineering precision pursued throughout the development of the second-generation Super Series.

A rear window lowers automatically when the RHT is opened, moving to the optimum position to minimize airflow intrusion into the cabin. The window is also independently controllable, allowing occupants to lower it when the roof is closed and invite the sound of the powertrain into the cabin. The fact that the buttresses at their highest point are 1in lower than those of a 650S Spider allows air to flow over the cabin, reducing turbulence to a bare minimum.

Glazed retractable roof panel, with electrochromic glass able to be transparent or tinted

Owners wanting to experience the open-air nature of the 720S Spider even with the roof closed can specify a carbon fibre-framed, glazed RHT option to allow even more light into the cabin if they so choose: the glass is electrochromic and can switch rapidly between a transparent or tinted state at the touch of a button. When the ignition is off, the glass reverts to its tinted setting, helping keep the cabin of the 720S Spider cool during hot days. The electrochromic technology has a memory function that recalls the previous setting selected when the vehicle is next started.

The interior is the same welcoming and luxurious supercar cabin enjoyed by 720S Coupé drivers. Opening a door – which is now a frameless design to accommodate the RHT system - provides access to a truly sophisticated environment, with an extraordinary perception of space and the finest materials in evidence. A new door hinge system and gas strut position was possible without issue because from the outset the 720S program included both Coupé and Spider bodystyles.

A centrally-mounted 8.0-inch high-resolution Central Infotainment Screen remains the primary hub for the vehicle’s functions. The interface displays audio, media, navigation, climate control and other convenience features, with all the key applications shown on a vertical carousel as well as being available via quick-access ‘hard’ keys below the screen.

The dual-zone climate control and air conditioning system has been recalibrated for the 720S Spider and is able to detect if the RHT position changes from raised to lowered or vice versa. The temperature and airflow is automatically adjusted, warming or cooling occupants according to the ambient settings already selected by increasing airflow into the cabin and moving more air to the footwell or upper cabin areas.

Full-width active rear spoiler deploys according to position of Retractable Hard Top

The active rear spoiler, which automatically activates to either decrease drag or increase downforce and can also act as an airbrake to enhance vehicle balance under heavy braking, can rise at lower speeds and to a higher position overall in the Spider application, optimizing downforce and balance to ensure that performance and driver engagement is on par with the 720S Coupé. And while the rear spoiler is identical on both Coupé and Spider, the deployment mapping is bespoke to each body style, the aero settings differing depending on whether the Retractable Hard Top is raised or lowered and the vehicle electronics being automatically aware of which condition it is in.

McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control II hydraulic suspension – already renowned for challenging convention by delivering the usually incompatible combination of precise body control and a compliant ride – is complemented by an electro-hydraulic steering system widely acknowledged for providing exceptionally pure precision and feedback. As with the Coupé, a Spider driver can choose between three Handling modes – Comfort, Sport, or Track – each focused on a different driving experience according to personal preference and conditions. These proven attributes combine to ensure that the 720S Spider possesses the same depth of dynamic abilities and breadth of capability as Coupé ably demonstrates.

A new 10-spoke, Lightweight forged alloy wheel design has been developed for the new Spider. Tires are Pirelli P ZERO™, designed in conjunction with McLaren Technology Partner, Pirelli, to provide the optimum balance of performance, grip, handling and comfort over a wide range of road conditions. A more track-focused Pirelli P ZERO™ CORSA tire can be specified instead, at no additional cost, while Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ winter tires and Pirelli TROFEO R ultra-high performance tires are available from McLaren retailers.

Three specifications, two new exterior colors, return of one heritage color

The new 720S Spider is available in the same three specifications as the Coupé, with Performance and Luxury trims extending above the standard model. Two new exterior colors – Belize Blue and Aztec Gold – have been introduced for the new Spider among a palette of 23, one of which is Supernova Silver, a Heritage color that was first available on the McLaren 12C.

The McLaren 720S has established a reputation in Coupé guise for its ground-breaking design, cutting-edge technologies and ferocious pace, complemented by a breadth of ability and sophistication that delivers everyday usability belying its extreme performance status. The new 720S Spider, which is available to order now, from $315,000 is the equal of the Coupé in every respect.

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