Sports Series drop-top makes its world debut this month
Move over, 570S Coupe and 570GT. The 2018 McLaren 570S Spider will make its world debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on June 29.
The two-seat, rear-wheel-drive Sports Series Spider features a retractable hard top, which drops in 15 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h).
Its new top adds an additional 101 pounds (46 kg) of weight but comes with no loss of structural rigidity, according to McLaren. A retractable wind deflector reduces wind buffeting when the top is down; it can be lowered with the top up for extra airflow and a louder engine soundtrack.
The 570S Spider sports the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 that offers 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque as the coupe along with the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. It’ll sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h) with the top up—or 196 mph (315 km/h) with it down.
“The McLaren 570S Spider is the most attainable McLaren Spider to date and adds yet another dimension to the McLaren Sports Series family,” said Mike Flewitt, McLaren CEO, in a statement. “This is a convertible without compromise; its mid-engine layout and carbon-fiber MonoCell II chassis guarantee the same thrilling dynamic performance and exceptional driver involvement enjoyed in a 570S Coupe but with the added attraction of a retractable hard top that delivers the extra exhilaration of roof-down motoring.”
The latest Sports Series to join the family features a carbon-fiber chassis, dihedral doors, and an extended rear spoiler that is 0.5 inch higher than the coupe’s to compensate for the change in body shape.
Underneath sits an A-arm suspension with steel springs, twin-valve adaptive dampers, and anti-roll bars. It can be driven in Normal, Sport, or Track mode. Electrohydraulically assisted power steering, carbon-ceramic brakes, hand-stitched leather seats, 10-spoke alloy wheels, and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are standard.
New paint colors for the 570S Spider include Curacao Blue, Vega Blue, and Sicilian Yellow in addition to existing Sports Series flavors.
The first 400 cars built at McLaren’s Production Center in Woking, England, will be launch models. The 570S Spider is available to order now and starts at $208,800 USD. The first deliveries are expected to begin in September.
|2018 McLaren 570S Spider Specifications|
|ENGINE||3.8L twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8/562 hp @ 7,400 rpm, 433 lb-ft @ 5,000-6,500 rpm|
|TRANSMISSION||7-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|LAYOUT||2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD convertible|
|EPA MILEAGE||16/23 mpg (city/hwy)|
|L X W X H||178.3 x 82.5 x 47.3 in|
|0-60 MPH||3.1 sec|
|TOP SPEED||204 mph; 196 mph (roof raised/lowered)|