McLaren 720S Spider lights up supercar class

By CARSIFU | 10 December 2018

LONDON: The new 720S Spider delivers the exhilaration of open-air driving and levels of day-to-day usability unseen in the convertible supercar class.

A new, electrically actuated Retractable Hard Top (RHT) is seamlessly integrated into the design, as are new buttresses.

Like all McLaren cars, the new 720S Spider has a carbon fibre structure at its core, in this case designated Monocage II-S.

The mid-engined rear-wheel drive 720S Spider is comfortably the lightest car in its class, and the low weight is the foundation for its dynamic, performance and efficiency benefits.

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It is powered by the familiar M840T 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 710bhp @ 7,500rpm and 770Nm @ 5,500-6,500rpm mated to a 7-Speed McLaren Dual Clutch Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) automatic transmission.

The canopy-like design of the 720S Coupé is recognized for the sense of 360-degree vision it provides, allowing light to flood into the cabin and setting a new benchmark for visibility.

The Retractable Hard Top (RHT) of the 720S Spider is a completely new design, with a one-piece, carbon fibre roof panel as standard.

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The folding mechanism for McLaren’s new RHT is electrically rather than hydraulically driven and the system is the fastest-operating convertible roof in the supercar class, with the retractable hard top lowered or raised in just 11 seconds – six seconds quicker than the 650S Spider.

A centrally-mounted 8.0-inch high-resolution Central Infotainment Screen remains the primary hub for the vehicle’s functions.

McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control II hydraulic suspension is complemented by an electro-hydraulic steering system widely acknowledged for providing exceptionally pure precision and feedback.

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As with the Coupé, a Spider driver can choose between three Handling modes – Comfort, Sport, or Track.

A new 10-spoke, Lightweight forged alloy wheel design has been developed for the new Spider. Tyres are Pirelli P ZERO, designed in conjunction with McLaren Technology Partner, Pirelli, to provide the optimum balance of performance, grip, handling and comfort over a wide range of road conditions.

A more track-focused Pirelli P ZERO CORSA tyre can be specified instead, at no additional cost.

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