The McLaren 720S Spider has just been added to the Super Series range and the company claims that it is their most accomplished convertible supercar ever.
Looking at the bare statistics we do not doubt it, the electrically operated retractable hard top adds a mere 108 pounds to the 720S coupe’s kerb weight, thanks in part to an extremely stiff carbon fiber shell that needed no additional strengthening.
This has helped make the 720S Spider the lightest convertible in its class and the fractional weight gain means acceleration figures for the 710 bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo supercar match its hardtop sibling.
So, you still reach 62 mph in a super-quick 2.9-seconds and can hit 212 mph on your nearest Autobahn. If you prefer to drive with the top down then that terminal velocity is lowered to a paltry 202 mph.
Those figures were the preserve of hypercars not that long ago and this convertible supercar is even quick enough to see off the most iconic of all McLarens, the fabled F1.
The McLaren F1 is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated supercars of the 20th century but such is progress that its once unassailable performance figures have now been eclipsed by the 720S Spider.
For example, the F1’s quarter mile time of 10.9-seconds sees it trailing the 720S Spider by 0.6 of a second. At 241mph, it is still the top speed champ but you will need a very long road before it will haul in this extremely rapid drop top.
The 720S Spider also has some unique styling and design features such as the glazed flying buttresses that help increase downforce.
The retractable hard top is made of carbon fiber and can be fitted with an electrochromic glass panel that can change between fully tinted and transparent states.
The roof mechanism is as quick as the car too, it can be lowered and raised in a mere 11-seconds and the active rear spoiler automatically adjusts to compensate for whichever state it is in.
Show me the money
Deliveries for the 720S commence in March 2019 with the base price starting at £237,000.
To whet your appetite head on over to the McLaren configurator and get your Spider specced just the way you want.
With the help of the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) team, just about anything you can imagine can be made a reality.