McLaren has revealed the new 570S Spider ahead of its public debut at the upcoming 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. Compared to the Coupé, the 570S Spider adds an integrated, retractable hardtop that can be opened or closed in 15 seconds, at speeds of up to 25 mph.
Although the operating mechanism adds 46 kg to the weight of the Spider, this is the only variance in weight between the new convertible and the 570S Coupé. With the roof in place, the 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine still delivers a top speed of 204 mph – identical to the 570S Coupé – and even with the roof lowered, the new Spider can reach 196 mph.
The Spider also manages 562 bhp at 7500 rpm and 443 lb-ft of torque between 5000 rpm and 6500 rpm, which again are identical figures to the Coupé. However, the convertible’s power-to-weight ratio of 413 bhp per tonne falls short of the Coupé by 15 bhp per tonne.
In combination with a seven-speed gearbox, the Spider accelerates from standstill to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds; the latter only 0.1 seconds slower than the Coupé.
Aside from the two-piece roof, the only other major external design change is a rear spoiler that sits 12 mm taller than the one on the Coupé. The higher spoiler provides additional downforce to offset the aerodynamic changes resulting from the Spider having a different roof design.
There are also all-new 10-spoke forged alloy wheels measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear, but they will only come as an added option.
Following its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the end of June, the new 570S Spider is scheduled to be delivered to customers in August.