McLaren 720S Spider unveiled - convertible super sports car with Ferrari 488 Spider

McLaren 720S Spider unveiled - convertible super sports car with Ferrari 488 Spider

The McLaren 720S has been dreadful for years with its dramatic styling and endless winnings on brake pads. Therefore, it is not surprising that a Spider version arrives just in time for Christmas.

As with the 650S Spider, the 720S has a folding hardtop assembly that slides under a hinged lid located on the well-known 4-liter V8 engine with two turbochargers. On both sides of the tonneau there are two buttresses that are now divided into two parts. The one is made of carbon fiber and houses the rollover protection of the spider, while the other is made of glass and maintains the coupe-like silhouette. This use of glass was apparently developed for two reasons: First, to improve the visibility of the shoulder, but also to keep the new spider close to the glassy cockpit aesthetics of the standard coupe.

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The roof itself is standard in carbon fiber, but this can also be specified in electrochromic glass, allowing the driver to switch between a clear and opaque finish at the touch of a button. To simplify the new roof and powered mechanism, McLaren needed to redevelop the coupe's Monocell II carbon sump, remove the central spine and redesign the rear shelf. Despite removal of the central spine of the tub, no additional stiffening was required so that the total weight would be only 49 kg to 1332 kg "dry" without this affecting torsional rigidity.