On a rather gloomy day last week I popped down to Pier One Sydney for the launch of a rather bright car, the McLaren 570S Spider.
The new 570S Spider is simply a 570S sans roof and after driving the coupe last year, and loving it, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t opt for the roofless offer, especially with no difference in acceleration between the two variants.
Joining its 540C, 570S and 570GT siblings in McLaren’s Sports Series, the 570S Spider weighs only 46kgs more than the Coupe but benefits from a retractable hardtop which stows in a mere 15 secs at speeds up to 40km/h. To counter the modifications to the body, McLaren has extended the rear spoiler by 12mm to provide additional downforce equalling that of the Coupe and seeing the 570S Spider race to 315km/h with the roof down. If you desire more speed, it’ll equal the Coupe’s top speed at 328km/h with the roof in place.
Surely it’s louder than the Coupe you ask?
Nope, the 570S Spider boasts the same level of noise insulation inside the cabin as the 570S and is 20% quieter than the 650S Spider. It’s built with the same carbon fibre bones and features McLaren’s award-winning 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 419kWs.
With three new colours to choose from, a better profile (in my opinion), and the chance to do over 300km/h (somewhere) with the wind in your hair, I honestly cannot think of a single reason to purchase the Coupe…
Except the fact it costs $50k more than the Coupe. Damn.
Head to McLaren’s website for more info.
The Bruce McLaren documentary is now out on DVD. Be sure to check it out.