McLaren not only brought the 650S Coupe at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but also the 650S Spider. The new McLaren 650S Spider promises to offer the same performance, handling and driver enjoyment as the coupe. Just like the MP4-12C Spider, the 650S Spider features a two-piece retractable hard top that can be automatically raised or lowered in less than 17 seconds and at speeds of up to 30km/h (19 mph).
Thanks to the carbon fiber MonoCell chassis, the 650S requires no additional strengthening or reinforcing in open-top guise. The weight of the 650S Spider is 1,370 kg (dry), an increase of only 40 kg over the coupe version. Under the hood, we find the same Mclaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine that produces 650 hp and 678 Nm (500 lb ft) of torque.
These numbers translate into a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds (identical to the coupe) and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.6 seconds (0.2 seconds slower than the coupe). Top speed is 329 km/h (204 mph). Meanwhile, the fuel consumption and emissions remain the same for the 650S Spider: 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle and 275 g/km.
As you can see from the photos, the McLaren 650S Spider showed up at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in Tarocco Orange, a new addition to the McLaren colour collection, developed with technology partner AkzoNobel. Just like the MP4-12C Spider, the 650S Spider comes with a heated glass rear window, operating independently of the roof.
The rear window acts as a wind deflector when the roof is down, while when the roof is up it can be lowered in order to allow more engine noise. When down, the roof is stowed beneath a body-coloured hard tonneau cover incorporated in the twin rear buttresses. With the roof raised, the area beneath the tonneau cover can be used as additional luggage space.
Despite the fact that it is a high-performance sports car, the 650S Spider still offers a high level of luxury equipment as standard such as carbon ceramic brakes, unique ‘650’ lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio in Europe (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control are all fitted as standard, and the cabin is fully trimmed in Alcantara. Pricing starts at 212,250 GBP ($354,371 or 257,366 euros).