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McLaren 570S Spider: Hardtop performance joins convertible glamour

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The McLaren 570S Spider
The McLaren 570S Spider
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The new McLaren 570S Spider promises to deliver all the performance of the Coupe with a ton more sunlight 
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The new McLaren 570S Spider promises to deliver all the performance of the Coupe with a ton more sunlight 
The folding hardtop mechanism on the McLaren 570S weighs just over 100 lb
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The folding hardtop mechanism on the McLaren 570S weighs just over 100 lb
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The folding roof in the McLaren 570S in action 
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The folding roof in the McLaren 570S in action 
The McLaren 570S Spider has a coupe-style roofline with the roof up 
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The McLaren 570S Spider has a coupe-style roofline with the roof up 
The complex rear styling on the 570S carries over to the Spider too
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The complex rear styling on the 570S carries over to the Spider too
The 570S Spider has an attractive silhouette, even with the roof raised 
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The 570S Spider has an attractive silhouette, even with the roof raised 
A run of 400 Launch Edition 570S Spiders will be used to begin production 
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A run of 400 Launch Edition 570S Spiders will be used to begin production 
A glazed wind deflector helps cut buffeting in the 570S Spider cabin
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A glazed wind deflector helps cut buffeting in the 570S Spider cabin
Behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S Spider 
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Behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S Spider 
The only change to the 570S Spider's cabin is the roof switch 
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The only change to the 570S Spider's cabin is the roof switch 
Black painted brake calipers are an option on the 570S Spider
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Black painted brake calipers are an option on the 570S Spider
The 570S Spider is a good-looking beast in blue 
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The 570S Spider is a good-looking beast in blue 
The 570S Spider doesn't come cheap 
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The 570S Spider doesn't come cheap 
Roof up, the profile of the 570S Spider looks like the Coupe 
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Roof up, the profile of the 570S Spider looks like the Coupe 
The rear diffuser on the 570S Spider is inspired by the P1
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The rear diffuser on the 570S Spider is inspired by the P1
The McLaren 570S Spider
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The McLaren 570S Spider
There are switches to tweak the driving mode on the 570S Spider 
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There are switches to tweak the driving mode on the 570S Spider 
Interior options can turn the 570S Spider's cabin into a two-tone cabin
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Interior options can turn the 570S Spider's cabin into a two-tone cabin
The carbon ceramic brakes on the 570S Spider are standard 
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The carbon ceramic brakes on the 570S Spider are standard 
The 570S badge has now been applied to a drop top 
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The 570S badge has now been applied to a drop top 
The complex design of the 570S translates nicely to life as a convertible 
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The complex design of the 570S translates nicely to life as a convertible 
The 570S Spider will hit 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds 
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The 570S Spider will hit 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds 
The 570S Spider tops out at 328 km/h with the roof raised 
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The 570S Spider tops out at 328 km/h with the roof raised 
Unique wheels differentiate the 570S Spider from the Coupe
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Unique wheels differentiate the 570S Spider from the Coupe
The 570S Spider weighs just 101 lb more than the Coupe 
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The 570S Spider weighs just 101 lb more than the Coupe 
The tonneau cover on the 570S Spider can be finished in carbon fiber 
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The tonneau cover on the 570S Spider can be finished in carbon fiber 
The 570S Spider is perfect for sunset runs along the beach
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The 570S Spider is perfect for sunset runs along the beach
The McLaren 570S Spider
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The McLaren 570S Spider
The neat rear detailing on the 570S is borrowed from the P1 
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The neat rear detailing on the 570S is borrowed from the P1 
A look at the proportions of the McLaren 570S Spider 
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A look at the proportions of the McLaren 570S Spider 
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McLaren is bounding from strength-to-strength at the moment. Having launched an all-new Super Series hero in Geneva, the team in Woking has ripped the top from its Sport Series flagship. Thanks to its clever carbon construction, the 570S Spider offers a similar driving experience to the 570S Coupe while introducing a whole lot of sunlight to the mix.

Turning any car into a convertible is challenging, but making a supercar work with the top down is especially difficult. Losing the roof robs a car of structural rigidity, forcing the engineering team to add bracing. More bracing means more weight, and more weight undermines handling and performance – neither of which is negotiable at McLaren.

The carbon fiber MonoCell II in the 570S makes it much easier to convert Coupe to Spider. Because it's so strong, McLaren doesn't need to add any structural bracing to deal with the roof being chopped off. That means the only extra weight in the 570S Spider comes from the retractable hardtop mechanism. While the Lamborghini Huracan Spider weighs 122 kg (269 lb) more that the coupe, the new McLaren convertible is just 46 kg (101 lb) heftier than its fixed roof relative.

The folding roof in the McLaren 570S in action 
The folding roof in the McLaren 570S in action 

The roof can be opened at speeds up to 40 km/h (25 mph), and the whole process takes just 15 seconds. McLaren has developed a glazed wind deflector that can be raised to cut buffeting, or lowered to allow more engine noise and wind into the cabin, and an optional exhaust system channels even more V8 rumble into the cabin through a channel under the engine cover.

Power in the 570S Spider still comes from a twin-turbocharged M838T V8 engine, which still makes a whopping 562 hp (419 kW) of power and 600 Nm of torque. The engine is hooked up to a seven speed dual-clutch gearbox, which the driver can manipulate with the paddles behind the steering wheel. It'll sprint from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the same 3.1 seconds, and keeps pulling to the same 204 mph (328 km/h) with roof up – or 196 mph (315 km/h) with the roof dropped.

Interior options can turn the 570S Spider's cabin into a two-tone cabin
Interior options can turn the 570S Spider's cabin into a two-tone cabin

The similarities with the 570S Coupe don't end under the hood. The 570S Spider sits on the same double-wishbone suspension as the hardtop, with adaptive twin-valve dampers and anti-roll bars designed to blend performance on the track with on-road compliance. Owners can toggle through Normal, Sport and Track mode to tailor the suspension tune for different types of driving.

A glazed wind deflector helps cut buffeting in the 570S Spider cabin
A glazed wind deflector helps cut buffeting in the 570S Spider cabin

Entry to the 570S Spider club doesn't come cheap. Pricing will start at US$208,800 for the base model and production will begin with a run of 400 Launch Edition cars. Beside the obvious differences, the Spider is distinguished from the Coupe with unique alloy wheels and a new paint finish for the brake calipers.

Source: McLaren

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