The exotic British manufacturer has decided to slice the roof off its Sport Series model, with the 570S Spider joining the manufacturer’s supercar roster.
More importantly, the manufacturer has managed to recuperate any potential loss of performance compared to the coupe version, the retractable hardtop version being treated to a slightly higher rear wing for extra downforce that compensates the aerodynamic changes owed to the removable roof. The two-piece retractable roof uses technology inspired by the Spider versions of the 650S and 675LT – the assembly adds a total of 101 pounds (46 kilograms) over the 570S Coupe, but without any drop in terms of structural rigidity and the chassis doesn’t need any extra parts to keep it stiff. The top can be retracted in just 15 seconds at speeds up to 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour) – and the design remains just as sleek thanks to the tonneau cover.
Drivers can enjoy their supercar without actually breaking the speed limits – an electronically operated glazed wind deflector can be raised or lowered to counteract buffeting and an optional sports exhaust adds more control over how much sound reaches the cabin. McLaren’s rear spoiler is now half-inch (12.7 millimeters) taller than on the coupe, finished in Dark Palladium gray or the optional McLaren Special Operations visible carbon. Performance wise, the 570S Spider gets the 3.8-liter biturbo V8 packing 562 horsepower (419 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters), with power rooted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission enabling a 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers) sprint in 3.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 204 miles per hour (328 kilometers per hour).