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McLaren 720S Spider: 340km/h supercar for the road

  • McLaren’s ‘most accomplished’ supercar yet
  • Open-air driving with dynamic performance
  • Carbon-fibre body,  retractable hard-top
IT’S McLAREN’S MOST ACCOMPLISHED CAR YET. Image: Mc:Laren / Newspress

LONDON, England – McLaren Automotive, British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance, sport and supercars, has expanded its Super Series family with the introduction of a second new model under a £1.2bn Track25 business plan.

It’s claimed to be the brand’s most accomplished convertible supercar yet and it’s badged 720S Spider.

It was revealed on Dec 8 2018, is available immediately ”to deliver the exhilaration of open-air driving and levels of day-to-day usability unseen in the convertible supercar class”.

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IT’S McLAREN’S MOST ACCOMPLISHED CAR YET. Image: Mc:Laren / Newspress

Here’s what the media information claims, from the pen of Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive’s chief executive officer:

‘RANGE OF ABILITIES’

“The new McLaren 720S Spider is an unparalleled blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury, driver involvement and daily usability – all with the option of open-air driving when required.”

”As the the brand’s ‘most accomplished convertible supercar yet, the Spider delivers across a range of abilities and is the lightest in its class with an increase of only 49kg over the 720S Coupé.

”It puts   us even further ahead of our competition in the weight race.”

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The design’s foundations first appeared in 2017 with the 720S Coupé.  ”The shape combines,” McLaren says, ”to maximise downforce, minimise drag, cool the power train and optimise aerodynamic performance”.

The retractable new hard top is power-operated.

‘INCREDIBLY STRONG’ SCREEN FRAME

Like every modern McLaren, the new 720S Spider has a carbon-fibre core (this one designated Monocage II-S) for strength, rigidity and lightness, a development of the Coupé ’s Monocage II but without the central spine above the cabin.

The windscreen frame needed no strengthening thanks to the slim but ”incredibly strong” A-pillars from the 720S Coupé.

Rollover protection comes from fixed carbon-fibre supports in the Monocage II-S, which double as the main anchor points for the roof system and the crash restraints.

Overall, the new 720S Spider is 49kg – less than four percent – heavier than the Coupé, mostly because of the hard top and its tonneau.  Dry weight is 1332kg – ”comfortably”, McLaren says, ”the lightest car in its competitive set by 88kg”.

‘WHAT ABOUT THE ENGINE…?

The canopy-like design is said to give a sense of 360-degree vision with  glazed flying buttresses further aiding the view of the passing scenery – and road conditions – which have an aerodynamic carrier.

Despite the car’s shape, it has 58 litres of under the tonneau cover with the roof raised.

The mid-mounted, four-litre, twin-turbo, McLaren V8 is the same as that of the Coupé and can make about 540kW and 770Nm. Acceleration, McLaren says, ”is phenomenal”: 0-100km/h in 2.9sec, 0-200km/h  7.9sec.

Top speed is around 340km/h or, with the top down, 325km/h.

The cabin has a central 20cm hires information scene, the primary hub for the vehicle’s functions: audio, media, satnav, aircon and convenience features.

SNOW TYRES, TOO

A new light, 10-spoked, forged alloy wheel design has been developed for the new Spider.  Tyres are Pirelli P Zero ”for optimum balance of performance, grip, handling and comfort”.

A more track-focused Pirelli P Zero Corsa version can be specified – and even snow tyres.

…AND SO TO THE PRICE

Deliveries to customers will start in March 2019 with UK prices starting at £237 000 (about R4.23-million).

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