McLaren has unveiled the 570S Spider, an open-top version of the 570S Coupé, ahead of its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The two-seat, rear-wheel drive 570S Spider is the third bodystyle in McLaren’s Sports Series portfolio, lining up alongside the Coupé and the GT.
In looks, the 570S Spider takes up a Dark Palladium grey rear spoiler (a visible carbon fiber finish is available as an option). The spoiler is 12mm taller than the rear spoiler of the 570S Coupé. Everything else is retained from the Coupe version. Three new exterior colors celebrate the Spider’s introduction: Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow. There are 20 colors in total for the 570S range. Additionally, a new, 10-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheel design (19-inch front, 20-inch rear) has been crafted as an option for the new 570S Spider. For further differentiation, a new brake caliper color, Liquid Black, is also available.
Designed around a perfect driving position that puts the driver at the center of the action, the sophisticated cabin blends exceptional levels of craftsmanship, quality and technology; hand-stitched leather on the seats, door casings, dashboard and center console sits side-by-side with a 10-inch TFT main instrument cluster and a centrally mounted, 7-inch IRIS touchscreen through which climate control and infotainment functionality are managed.
Customers can choose from standard six-way-adjustable or optional eight-way adjustable electric memory seats, with luxurious Nappa leather or performance-oriented Alcantara trim available at additional cost. Lightweight carbon-fiber-shelled sports seats, the same as those fitted to the McLaren P1, can also be specified.
Compared to the Coupé, the 570S Spider adds a neatly integrated, retractable hardtop that when lowered delivers an even more immersive and exhilarating driving experience. The two-piece roof, which is engineered using technology proven in the McLaren 650S and 675LT Spider models, is constructed of lightweight composite panels and creates a purposeful, sleek appearance whether raised or lowered. Electrically operated from the driver’s seat using one simple control, the roof folds effortlessly to stow beneath a beautifully crafted tonneau cover that rises automatically to accommodate the lowered panels and returns to its closed position with the assistance of soft-close technology. The roof can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds, at vehicle speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph).
Furthermore, a glazed wind deflector can be electrically raised or lowered at the push of a button, providing further versatility with the roof up or down.
The retractable hardtop is designed to withstand the severest conditions and is significantly more weather- and fade-resistant than fabric, yet with its operating mechanism adds just 46kg to the weight of the Spider; this is the only variance in weight between the new convertible and the 570S Coupé.
In terms of performance, the top speed is similar to the Coupe: 328km/h (204mph) with the roof in place or 315km/h (196mph) with roof lowered. The twin-turbocharged McLaren M838TE engine is positioned behind the driver, churning 570PS at 7,500rpm and torque of 600Nm between 5,000rpm and 6,500rpm. It combines with a rapid yet smooth seven-speed seamless-shift gearbox.
The combination of lightweight carbon fiber construction and an incredibly potent 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine, means that the new 570S Spider is both more powerful and lighter than comparable convertibles, with an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 419PS-per-tonne (lightest dry weight).
Owners wanting to enjoy even more of the distinctive exhaust note of the new Spider can specify an optional sports system that features an ESG to channel exhaust sound towards the cabin, via the area beneath the tonneau cover.
The carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis at the heart of all Sports Series cars does not suffer any reduction in strength or stiffness in convertible guise, or require any additional structural actions.
McLaren’s new Spider employs racecar-style, double-wishbone suspension all-round, with steel springs, twin-valve adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars calibrated to the same exacting specification as the 570S Coupé.
Accessing the Active Dynamics Panel adds another level of personal choice, allowing the driver to choose from Normal, Sport or Track modes, for progressively softer or firmer suspension. This versatility ensures that the Spider is as at ease in everyday use as it is on a race track. Coupled with the Performance traction control, power steering, carbon-ceramic brakes, Pirelli P-Zeros, ESC and the latest chassis software, the 570S Spider is all about exhilaration and fast driving bliss.
The new McLaren 570S Spider will make its public debut on 29 June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the first cars are scheduled to be delivered to customers in August.