This could make the brand seem a bit unapproachable, like the hot model whose attractiveness scares off would-be suiters. But McLaren is teasing us by pulling the top off the 562 horsepower, 3.2-second 0-62 mph 570S, with a new folding hardtop Spider version priced at the equivalent of $210,345 in the U.K.
OK, more than two hundred grand is still a fair chunk of change, but it is not unattainable, like the original F1 or the company's more recent P1, which sell for millions of dollars. Or there is always this affordable alternative.
With the roof closed, the 570S Spider will do 204 mph. Drop the top and the max velo drops to 196 mph. What doesn't drop for the Spider is the strength of its chassis, even without a roof.
That's because McLaren's second-generation carbon fiber chassis is designed like those of its Formula One racers, to be strong even with an open cockpit.
"This is a convertible without compromise; its mid-engined layout and carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis guarantee the same thrilling dynamic performance and exceptional driver involvement enjoyed in a 570S Coupé, but with the added attraction of a retractable hardtop that delivers the extra exhilaration of roof-down motoring,” explained Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO.
The top is the same style mechanism we've seen previously on the 650S and 675LT Spider models, adding 101 pounds to the car's weight, but providing the ability to open in just 15 seconds while cruising city streets at speeds up to 25 mph.
Vega Blue (pictured), Curacao Blue and Sicilian Yellow are three new colors added for the new model, bringing the total number of available hues to 20. Cars should begin reaching customers in August.