McLaren has pulled the cover and roof of his latest supercar. The 2019 720S Spider promises both power and an undisturbed view of the sky. The second variant of the award-winning 720S Coupé, the new McLaren 720S Spider is the second car in the British Track25 Business Plan 25, which will feature a whopping 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.
The new Cabrio certainly starts from a good place. Like the 720S Coupé, it uses the automaker's Monocage II-S carbon fiber core with a custom carbon fiber body structure. Since all of this was designed from the outset for a drop-top, no additional stiffening or reinforcement was required compared to the coupe.
Of course new is the Retractable Hard Top or RHT. Way is the central "spine", which runs from the roof of the coupe windscreen to the rear and spans the cabin. Instead, the 720S Spider receives a one-piece roof made of carbon fiber, which is powered electrically and is not powered hydraulically.
It does not just look good – the silhouette of the car is hardly changed compared to the original – it's also much faster than the competition roofs. In fact, in 11 seconds it is raised or lowered six seconds faster than the old 650S Spider. It also works when the car is driving at higher speeds. Due to the powerful engines and the light roof weight, it can be operated at speeds of up to 30 km / h.
Twice as quiet as the 650S Spider roof, it is much quieter even when closed. In fact, it is said that the noise level is lower than the old 650S Coupé. When the RHT is opened, the rear window automatically lowers to control the flow of air into the cabin. This rear window can also be independently controlled, dropping between two and more centimeters lower abutments than the 650S Spider to reduce turbulence.
Despite the intelligent new roof technology, the 720S Spider is only 108 pounds heavier than the 720s Coupe. McLaren says, with 2,937 pounds in its lightest form, it undercuts its nearest rival by nearly 200 pounds.
If you still want to see the sky, but do not want to be exposed to the elements, there is a trick, too. Like the McLaren Speedtail, the 720S Spider has a clever electrochromic lens. The new convertible is optional, it can switch between transparent and electronically tinted. It will sound automatically when the vehicle is stopped to keep the cabin temperature low, but will save the last setting when the 720S Spider is restarted.
Inside the cabin of the 720S Coupé is carried. New frameless doors that open in typical and eye-catching McLaren Dieder style offer a two-zone climate control that automatically adjusts whether the RHT is up or down. An 8-inch touch screen is suitable for multimedia and infotainment, while customized controls switch between different drive modes and trigger other functions.
The active rear spoiler automatically raises at higher speeds for better downforce and can fold up to the air brake. Again, the positions are different, depending on whether the RHT is open or closed. The Spider also gets new 10-spoke alloy wheels – 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear – standard with Pirelli P ZERO rubber. P ZERO CORSA tires are a free option.
Of course, some things did not have to be changed, and the most important thing is the engine. This is McLaren's powerful 4.0-liter M840T twin-turbo V8, which pushes 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. There is a 7-speed SSG transmission and electro-hydraulic steering. The suspension uses McLaren's Proactive Chassis Control II hydraulic system with Comfort, Sport and Track modes.
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0-60 mph comes in 2.8 seconds, with 0-124 mph in just 7.9 seconds. The top speed is 212 mph with the RHT or 202 mph with the shutdown. Carbon fiber disc brakes are standard front and rear – front 15.3 inches and rear 15 inches – with 6-piston aluminum calipers for the front and 4-piston rear.
Three embellishments – Standard, Performance and Luxury – and two new exterior colors, Belize Blue and Aztec Gold, are on offer. The Supernova Silver color, first offered for the McLaren 12C, is also being revived for the 2019 720S Spider.
In the US, the price of the 720S Spider will start at $ 315,000 – compared to around $ 285,000 for the coupe. McLaren says shipments should start in March 2019. Now they can be ordered.