McLaren Plays 'Top Trumps' With Ferrari As It Introduces the 204mph 570S Spider - WITH VIDEO

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McLaren 570S Spider: Headlines-

  • All the high-performance dynamic attributes and refinement of 570S Coupé with the added exhilaration of open-air driving
  • Acceleration from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 3.2 seconds and 328km/h (204mph) top speed are identical to 570S Coupé. Except - Top speed with roof down is 315km/h (196mph)
  • Third bodystyle in McLaren’s Sports Series product family, alongside Coupé and GT
  • Retractable hardtop using technology proven in McLaren 650S and 675LT Spiders
  • Just 46kg weight premium over 570S Coupé and structural rigidity unchanged
  • Roof takes just 15 seconds to open or close, at vehicle speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph)
  • Electrically-operated, glazed rear window/wind deflector
  • Unique-in-class combination of carbon-fiber construction, mid-engined drivetrain layout and McLaren dihedral doors
  • Extended rear spoiler is 12mm higher than Coupé’s to compensate for change in body shape
  • 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine with seven-speed, seamless-shift gearbox produces a class-leading 570PS and 600Nm
  • First 400 Spiders built are launch edition models, following success of 720S launch edition
  • Available to order now, priced from £164,750 (UK)

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Supercar performance

The combination of lightweight carbon-fibrer construction and an incredibly potent 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine, means that the new 570S Spider is both more powerful and lighter than comparable convertibles, with an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 419PS per tonne (lightest dry weight).

Positioned behind the driver, the twin-turbocharged McLaren M838TE engine produces 570PS at 7,500rpm and torque of 600Nm between 5,000rpm and 6,500rpm. In combination with a rapid yet smooth seven-speed seamless-shift gearbox featuring Launch Control technology, the result is a luxury sports convertible with supercar acceleration from standstill to 100km/h (62mph) in 3.2 seconds and to 200km/h (124mph) in just 9.6 seconds.

Top speed is 328km/h (204mph) with the roof closed – identical to the 570S Coupé – and even with the roof lowered, the new Spider can reach 315km/h (196mph). Complementing this extreme performance is a stop-start system that contributes to overall efficiency; the 570S Spider returns official fuel economy of 10.7 litres/100km (26.6mpg) in the NEDC combined cycle and CO 2 emissions of just 249g/km.

Exceptional body control

The new McLaren 570S Spider employs racecar-style, double-wishbone suspension all-round, with steel springs, twin-valve adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars calibrated to the same exacting specification as the 570S Coupé. Body control is exceptional and the overall drive incredibly pure and rewarding, while retaining impressive comfort. Accessing the Active Dynamics Panel adds another level of personal choice, allowing the driver to choose from Normal, Sport or Track modes for progressively softer or firmer suspension. This versatility ensures that the Spider is as at ease in everyday use as it is on a track.

Electro-hydraulically-assisted power steering, carbon-ceramic brakes and Pirelli P ZERO™ CORSA tires are standard, while the latest chassis software both enhances the driving experience and increases safety. Developed originally for Formula 1™, Brake Steer aids cornering and reduces understeer by subtly applying braking force to the inside rear wheel as the driver turns in to a corner. Performance Traction Control calibrated by McLaren provides precise control in extreme situations, while the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system includes a ‘Dynamic’ mode with reduced intervention and increased ‘driftability’, allowing drivers to enjoy the 570S Spider’s dynamic potential with confidence.

Tailored design

The breathtaking body design is enhanced by a rear spoiler, finished in Dark Palladium grey (a visible carbon fibre finish is available at additional cost via McLaren Special Operations) and 12mm taller than the rear spoiler of the 570S Coupé. The higher spoiler provides additional downforce to offset the aerodynamic changes resulting from the Spider having a different rear upper body design, ensuring exceptional aerodynamic balance overall that is the equal of the Coupé.

Designed around a perfect driving position that puts the driver at the centre of the action, the sophisticated cabin blends exceptional levels of craftsmanship, quality and technology; hand-stitched leather on the seats, door casings, dashboard and center console sits side-by-side with a 10-inch TFT main instrument cluster and a centrally-mounted, 7-inch IRIS touchscreen through which climate control and infotainment functionality are managed.

Customers can choose from standard six-way-adjustable or optional eight-way adjustable electric memory seats, with luxurious Nappa leather or performance-oriented Alcantara® trim available at additional cost. Lightweight carbon fiber-shelled sports seats, inspired by those fitted to the McLaren P1™, can also be specified.

Three new exterior colors celebrate the Spider’s introduction, with Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow joining the existing Sports Series palette and giving Spider customers a choice of 20 colours in total. The new hues dramatically showcase the complex forms of the aluminum bodywork and unique-in-class dihedral doors, particularly when combined for added visual impact with an optional Dark Palladium grey contrast finish on the roof, windscreen pillars and rear buttresses.

An all-new, 10-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheel design (19-inch front, 20-inch rear) has been created as an option for the new 570S Spider. For further differentiation, a new brake caliper color, Liquid Black, is also available.

Rewarding on road or track

The McLaren 570S Spider employs racecar-style, double-wishbone suspension all-round, with the same steel springs, twin-valve adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars as 570S Coupé models. The result is exceptional body control and a particularly pure and rewarding drive. Electro-hydraulically-assisted steering – still McLaren’s preferred choice to meet its exacting attribute requirements – offers greater steering feel than purely electric systems, giving the driver exceptional feedback and full confidence to exploit the perfectly-balanced chassis.

The 570S Spider is also extremely comfortable, as befits a sophisticated, luxurious convertible. The driver can choose from Normal, Sport or Track chassis modes via the Adaptive Dynamics Panel for progressively softer or firmer suspension, to best suit prevailing conditions.

The chassis software both enhances the driving experience and increases safety. Brake Steer, developed for Formula 1™, and subsequently banned due to the competitive advantage it offered, is fitted as standard to the 570S Spider and aids cornering by subtly applying braking force to the inside rear wheel as the driver turns in to a corner, reducing understeer and enabling the driver to brake later and accelerate earlier.

Performance Traction Control calibrated by McLaren provides precise control in extreme situations. The ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system includes a ‘Dynamic’ mode with reduced intervention and increased ‘driftability’, allowing drivers to build up to the 570S Spider’s full dynamic potential with confidence. The driver can also leave the ESC in its default ‘on’ setting with earlier intervention, or if preferred, cancel it altogether.

Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, with 394mm discs and six-piston calipers at the front and 380mm discs and four-piston calipers at the rear. The brakes have a progressive, easy-to-modulate pedal feel from cold and deliver significantly shorter stopping distances than conventional iron brake discs; braking from 100km/h (62mph) to zero takes just 3.2 seconds, with 32 meters covered. The carbon ceramic discs are also 2kg lighter than iron discs and significantly more resistant to brake fade under track use.

The 570S Spider is fitted with performance-focused Pirelli P ZERO™ CORSA tires as standard. In 225/35 R 19 size at the front and 285/35 R20 at the rear, they offer excellent handling response and superior standing-start acceleration on road and track. A Pirelli P ZERO™ tire is available as an alternative at no additional cost and provides optimal performance in wet or cold weather conditions.

Incredible performance, impressive efficiency

The 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 M838TE engine positioned behind the driver sends power to the rear wheels, delivering outstanding performance. Incorporating race track technologies such as a flat-plane crankshaft and dry sump lubrication, the eight-cylinder engine revs freely for quick response, accompanied by a characterful exhaust note that is ensured by equal-length, cast stainless steel exhaust manifolds mated to stainless steel hydroformed tubes. A sports exhaust system is available as a cost-option.

Outputs of 570PS and 600Nm and a Launch Control function give the 570S Spider acceleration from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 328km/h (204mph). The power-to-weight ratio of 419PS per tonne in lightest form is unrivalled in the convertible sports car class.

All 570S Spider models feature a seven-speed, seamless-shift gearbox (SSG), providing high levels of refinement in normal conditions and exceptionally fast shifts during more spirited driving. The gearbox can be left in full automatic mode for maximum convenience, or controlled via tactile paddle-shifters fitted to the steering wheel for increased driver engagement. The Adaptive Dynamics Panel allows drivers to adjust powertrain characteristics through Normal, Sport and Track modes, simultaneously changing gear shift calibration, throttle response and exhaust sound from comfort-focused to progressively more intense and thrilling. Cylinder-cut technology, first used to optimise gear upshifts in the McLaren 650S, activates on both upshifts and downshifts in the Spider.

Available to order now from more than 80 McLaren retailers worldwide, each 570S Spider is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England.

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