The McLaren 720S has been a shocking crowd with its dramatic style and endless wins on drag strips for a couple of years, so it's not surprising to see a version of Spider arrive just in time for Christmas.
Like the 650S Spider that arrived earlier, the 720S features a foldable structure that slides under a foldable tonneau located above the familiar 2-liter V8 engine with a twin turbocharger. Both sides of the tonneau are two buttresses, now divided into two pieces. One is made of carbon fiber and houses the Spider's rollover protection while the other is made of glass, maintaining the coupe-like silhouette. This use of glass has apparently been designed for two reasons: first to improve the visibility of the shoulder, but also to keep the new Spider close to the glazed aesthetics similar to the standard cockpit of the Coupé.
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The roof itself is standard in carbon fiber, but this can also be specified in electrochromic glass, allowing the driver to switch from a clear and opaque finish to the touch of a button. To facilitate the new roof and its motorized mechanism, McLaren had to redevelop the Coupe Monocell II carbon tank, removing the central plug and redesigning the rear shelf. Despite the removal of the central spine of the tank, no additional reinforcement was required, so the total weight increased only from 49 kg to 1332 kg of "dry", without any effect on torsional rigidity.
As a result, the performance is mostly unaffected with respect to the coupe, with 62 mph taking only 2.9 seconds, 124 miles at the time in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 212 miles at the top with the roof raised , and 202 miles at the hour with it down. The powertrain is also unchanged, including the familiar 4-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 710bhp, with 568 pounds of torque.
To address the new aerodynamic balance of the 720S Spider, the active rear wing is now deployed on a different set of parameters, activating at different points if the roof is up or down. The rest of the dynamic package is borrowed from the Coupe, with the same cross-linked hydraulic suspension with Chassis Chassis Control II and hydraulic steering systems.
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Together with the new body there are two new colors in the 720S standard pallette and a new ten-spoke wheel design. If these finishes do not work for you, McLaren Special Operations is always available to make your McLaren convertible a little more personal, if your pocket wallet allows it.
Priced from £ 237,000, it is worth £ 28,400 over the Coupé, and is over £ 30k more than on a Ferrari 488 Spider. Orders are now taken, with deliveries of customers starting in March next year.