Meet the convertible version of the McLaren 570S sports car, which has been revealed ahead of its first public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed near the end of this month.
Based on McLaren’s current entry-level sports car and named the 570S Spider, this new model is available to order now, priced from £164,750. First customer deliveries are due to take place this August.
The main difference compared to the 570S coupe is of course the roof. The Spider features an electrically operated two-piece, metal-folding roof. The roof is stored in a cubby behind the seats when folded but the car’s distinct dark grey rear buttresses remain in place.
Drivers can operate the Spider’s roof at speeds of up to 25mph and the roof itself can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds.
Other differences with the 570S Spider besides its roof include three new exterior colours to choose from, a new brake caliper colour and a new optional ten-spoke alloy wheel design.
570S Spider performance matches coupe version
While convertible sports cars tend to be a little slower than their coupe counterparts, the 570S Spider actually boasts the same performance figures as its coupe equivalent.
While McLaren has had to integrate various mechanics into the car to make the folding metal roof possible, the car’s weight has only increased by a small amount at 46kg.
Though the 570S is considered McLaren’s entry-level sports car, it offers plenty of pace with a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 204mph.