It’s finally here, the much-awaited open-air version of the McLaren 570S. Two years after McLaren launched the coupe form of the McLaren 570S, the British carmaker is now opening the order books for the new McLaren 570S Spider. As designed and engineered, the new McLaren 570S Spider is basically the same as the McLaren 570S Coupe, but without the fixed roof.
The new McLaren 570S Spider is essentially the third body style of the carmaker’s Sports Series product family (570 family), following the McLaren 570S Coupé and the McLaren 570GT. The main difference between the 570S Spider and the 570S Coupe is the fact that the open-top version comes with a retractable roof. Of course, the new 570S Spider still offers splendid levels of dynamism and refinement, coupled with supercar attributes and attitude.
As intended, the new two-seat, rear-wheel drive is provided with two-piece retractable hardtop made from lightweight composite panels. This sleek roof was engineered using the technology employed in the McLaren 650S and 675LT Spider models. Operated electrically with just a simple push of a button in the driver’s cockpit, the roof could be opened or closed in around 15 seconds, as long as the McLaren 570S Spider is travelling at speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph).
Interestingly, the McLaren 570S Spider is provided with a glazed wind deflector, which is also operated with a single push of a button. During deployment when the roof is down, this deflector could reduce wind-buffeting. It could also be lowered when the roof is up, when the driver wanted to let more sound and fresh air into the cabin.
Overall the operating mechanisms of the retractable hardtop add only 46 kg of extra weight to the 570S Spider. Since the 570S Spider is still underpinned by the carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis, its strength or stiffness remains at par with the Coupe version, thus there is no need for extra structural augmentations.
The high performance level of the McLaren 570S Spider is also thanks to its racecar-style, double-wishbone suspension that feature steel springs, twin-valve adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars. The new 570S rides on wheels measuring 19 inches on the front and 20 inches on the rear, with new 10-spoke lightweight forged alloy rim offered as an option. These wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P ZERO CORSA tires. The new 570S Spider features electro-hydraulically assisted power steering as well as carbon-ceramic brakes. Overall, the new 570S measures 4,530 mm (178.3 inches) in length with a wheelbase of 2,670 mm (105 inches), 1,202 mm (47.3 inches) in height and 2,095 mm (82.5 inches) in width (with mirror).
The new McLaren 570S features a rear spoiler that is 12 mm taller on the 570S Coupe. The taller spoiler of the 570S Spider is meant to offer more downforce to counter the aerodynamic disadvantages brought by having a different rear upper body design from the 570S Coupe.
Customers could choose from 20 exterior finishes for the 570S Spider, including three new hues -- Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow. Interested customers could now order their 570S Spider -- hand-assembled in Woking, England – at a starting price of £164,750 (United Kingdom).
Due to be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 29, the 570S Spider could start arriving to the garage of customers in August.