Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor – Augustman
After unveiling the 2020 Speedtail back in October, McLaren has now pulled the covers off their latest superbuild, the 720S Spider. McLaren, which currently holds the gauntlet for producing billionaire-style hyper cars and race cars, has however decided to slow it down a notch with this creation – it has unveiled a street-legal convertible.
McLaren’s 202 mph pre-winter cruiser gift wraps its chassis over a turbocharged V8, and is speculated to shed 710 HP and 568 lb-ft of raw torque. With a foldable hard-top, doing 0-60 in 2.9 seconds roof-down is a true rush. Give it seven more seconds and you’ll be power gliding at 212 mph at its top speed. To mark its progress, the 720S Spider is a tenth slower than its Coupe predecessor, making it a bit more suitable for street indulgences.
As far as design goes, the Spider does share some resemblance with the Porsche 981 Boxster and the Ferrari 488. While it embraces McLaren’s signature headlight design, the front-end does feature better aerodynamics. The reworked underfloor aero works much more efficiently with the new rear and full-width active spoiler of the Spider, and there’s the option of a carbon-framed, glazed roof option that allows more light into the cabin. It tints too, if you hit a button. You’ll also be greeted by sleeker tail lights and McLaren-style dual exhausts, which seem to be the trademark for their new ‘Super Series’
McLaren consistently makes major strides towards re-engineering racetrack hyper-builds into street-legal cruisers, which is sheer engineering brilliance. Quite surprisingly, the Spider sprints with the help of a 7-speed SSG gearbox, which comes borrowed from its track variant, the 720S. Aside from the new ten-spoke forged alloys and new exterior colour options, it’s the same car. Same chassis tech, same handling modes, same interior, just dosed down on torque.
The 720S Spider is set for its debut in 2019 and should actually be on your Christmas list. Splurge roughly US$315,000 and you’ll have it gift-wrapped and delivered early next year.
All images: Courtesy McLaren