Chopping a car’s roof often reduces its performance because of the extra weight added due to structural bracing as well as the folding top apparatus. However, McLaren thought it can be overcome and has proven so with the 2018 McLaren 570S Spider Supercar. The Spider carries a retractable hardtop but that has not dimmed its performance compared to the 570S Coupe. The Spider is McLaren’s weapon against Audi’s R8 Spyder and Porsche’s 911 Cabriolet.
2018 McLaren 570S Spider Exterior
The front look of the 570S derives inspiration from the 650S; only the bumper and headlights are slightly different. Except for the retractable roof, the Spider is identical to the Coupe. It features the same dihedral doors with a floating tendon that improves airflow by dividing the airflow and directing it onto the side intakes. The rear, on the other hand, features stylish flying buttresses as well as a teardrop-shaped glass. The rear diffuser is flanked by two exhaust pipes. The engine lid is one of the few unique features that distinguish the 570S from the 650S.
The retractable rooftop is operated electrically using a simple control on the driver’s side. The rooftop folds beneath a wisely mounted tonneau cover that automatically rises to accommodate the folded rooftop panels. The rooftop opens or closes in only 15 seconds for speeds not above 25 mph. The Spider also features a glazed wind deflector which can be raised or lowered electrically via a button to provide the driver and front passenger extra protection from wind-buffeting during high speeds when the roof is lowered.
In terms of size, the Spider is identical to the Coupe; they both measure 178.3 inches in length, 80.5 inches in width and 47.3 inches in height. In addition, they both have a wheelbase of 105 inches.
The Spider’s cabin is identical to that of the Coupe. The only difference is the limitless headroom when the roof is lowered in the Spider. The cabin is designed with the driver in mind. McLaren has given a great deal of focus on visibility and functionality. The cabin also offers passengers better usability for daily use. The cabin includes an infotainment system, a 7.0-inch touch-screen used for the climate control system, a digital instrument cluster, Bluetooth connectivity and an option for either Sirius satellite radio or DAB digital radio.
To take the luxurious game right to the Porsche 911 doorsteps, McLaren has hooked up the 570S with leather-wrapped seats, steering wheel and dashboard. Buyers can further customize the cabin via going for the automaker’s extensive options which include Nappa leather, Alcantara and carbon-fiber. Audiophiles can opt for McLaren’s Audio Plus 8-Speaker Upgrade System or the 12-Speaker Bowers &Wilkins Premium Sound System with a whopping 1,280 watts. For a race-inspired theme, buyers can opt for racing seats if one intends to take the Spider for a spin at the race tracks.
Engine and performance
Like the Coupe, the Spider is motivated by the 3.8 L, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that is used on almost every McLaren sports car and supercar. Despite the increased weight due to the soft rooftop (101 lbs), the engine still produces the same amount of power as the coupe i.e. 570 PS (562 hp) hence its name as well as 443 lb-ft of torque. The Spider is as fast as the coupe needing 3.2 seconds to reach 62 mph. The Spider also needs 3.2 seconds to come to a complete halt from a 62 mph speed. When the roof is in place, the convertible matches the coupe’s top speed as the coupe i.e. 204 mph but when the roof is lowered, maximum speed lowers to 196 mph. The engine mated to a 7-speed Seamless-Shift Gearbox (SSG).
To enhance its fuel economy ratings, McLaren has hooked up the 570S Spider with a stop-start system; this helps the supercar to achieve an impressive fuel consumption rating of 26.6 mpg on NEDC combined cycle.
Price and release date
In the U.S., the Spider attracts a $208,800 price-tag which is $23,900 more expensive than the 570S Coupe. The car goes for £164,750 in the United Kingdom, £21,500 more than the coupe. McLaren started accepting orders for the Spider sometimes ago so the model could have already sold out.