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McLaren lifts the lid on new 720S Spider

Drop-top supercar matches the performance of the 720S coupé

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McLaren has lifted the lid on its new 212mph 720S Spider, the second model in the 720 ‘Super Series’ range.

A drop-top version of the 720S Coupe that premiered at the Geneva motor show more than 18 months ago, the Spider matches the hardtop’s performance figures. It’s capable of hitting 60mph in just 2.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 212mph with the roof raised, or 202mph with it lowered.

That performance comes courtesy of a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 720hp and 770Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed gearbox.

It incorporates a new carbon fibre roof system, which can be raised or lowered in 11 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.

McLaren 720S Spider - rear

88kg lighter than the Ferrari 488 Spider

Though it weighs 49kg more than the Coupe version, the 720S Spider manages to tip the scales at 1,332kg dry – 88kg lighter than the Ferrari 488 Spider, its closest rival. This is thanks to the heavy utilisation of carbon fibre in its construction.

Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive chief executive, said: “The new McLaren 720S Spider offers an unparalleled blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury, driver involvement and daily usability – all with the additional exhilaration of open-air driving whenever required.”

All-new 10-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheels have been developed for the Spider, too. They’re wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres as standard, though a stickier track-focused P Zero Corsa tyre can be specified instead at no extra cost.

Prices for the new 720S Spider start from £237,000 on-road, and first customer deliveries are expected to commence in March next year.

The McLaren 720S Spider is built in Britain.

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Stuart Masson
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Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.