2014 Geneva Motor Show LIVE: McLaren 650S Spider image

McLaren has taken everyone by surprise as the new 650S Spider supercar has been officially presented to the public at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The model in question is, as you have probably figured it out so far, the convertible version of the recently unveiled 650S. The supercar has the same P1 inspired front end and the MP4-12C inspired rear end, adding the removable roof, on top of its coupe brother. And if we have spoken about the MP4-12C, you should know that the new 650S Spider is sharing its platform. The roof of the supercar takes 17 seconds to raise and this can be done at speeds up to 30 km/h (19 mph).

According to the British based automaker, the carbon fiber MonoCell chassis didn’t require any additional strengthening and the weight penalty over the solid roof version is 40 kg (88 pounds). Carbon ceramic brakes can be found on the 650S spider, along with the lightweight alloy wheels and the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

The most important part of this supercar is obviously found under its “hood” where the 3.8 liter twin turbocharged V8 engine, derived from the MP4-12C, can be found. The unit in question is producing a total output of 651 HP (478 kW) and 678 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque. The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint takes 3.0 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph), the supercar needs 8.6 seconds. Top speed stands at 328 km/h (204 mph).