McLaren, the world-renowned British supercar maker, reveals the new 720S Spider, a model the company claims is its “most accomplished convertible supercar ever.”
The 2019 McLaren 720S is available in standard, Performance, and Luxury trim levels. The new Spider roadster model shares plenty with its closed-top counterpart, the 720S Coupe, especially in important areas such as performance stats and vehicle architecture. The automaker worked hard to make sure that the 720S Spider performs just as well as the Coupe, despite the additional 108 pounds of weight.
Each 720S Spider uses a chassis made from carbon fiber, which features integrated rollover protection built into its design. The new convertible model also integrates an electrically actuated retractable hardtop, which is able to be raised or lowered in just 11 seconds, even while the vehicle is moving at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour, according to McLaren. An electrochromic glass rooftop panel is available as an option, which can be switched between tinted or transparent at the press of a button.
Both the 720S Spider and the 720S Coupe share a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 engine that makes 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. According to McLaren’s stopwatch, the 720S Spider sprints from zero-to-60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, which is just 0.1 seconds slower than the coupe. When the roof is closed, the two models share a top speed of 212 miles per hour, though that number falls to 202 miles per hour with the roof open.
Orders for the McLaren 720S Spider are now being accepted online, with deliveries to customers scheduled to begin in March 2019. Of course, such a sophisticated convertible will not be inexpensive; pricing for the U.S. market begins at a hefty $315,000.