McLaren pulls the top off its 720S

11 December 2018 - 10:08 By AFP Relaxnews
The new 2019 McLaren 720S Spider
The new 2019 McLaren 720S Spider
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The supercar that McLaren teased late last month with a tweet and a 13-second video has officially been unveiled: the electric blue, drop-top 720S Spider made an official appearance Saturday.

In March of 2017, McLaren announced the 720S supercar, which the company claimed was the "dawn of a new era" for the brand. And on Saturday McLaren chopped the top off the luxurious vehicle to create the convertible derivative: the 720S Spider.

This model joins the 720S in what the company calls the Super Series, a designation that represents "unparalleled" dynamic performance and sophistication. The carbon fiber core, body structure, and roof system ensure that the supercar is both light – just 49kg heavier than its roofed counterpart and 88kg less than the Ferrari 488 Spider – and agile.

Like the 488 Spider, the supercar is powered by a turbocharged V8 engine, but it outruns the Ferrari with a maximum speed of 340km/h with the roof raised and can reach 200km/h 0.8 seconds faster than the 488.

The 720S Spider is the second model launched under the McLaren Automotive Track25 business plan after its coupe counterpart. The price tag weighs in at $315,000 (roughly R4,532,850) while the 720S started at $284,745 (roughly R4,097,480). With its closest competitor having an MSRP around $280,000 (R4 029 200), that extra $25,000 (roughly R359 750) gets you where you're going just a little bit faster.