McLaren unveils 570S Spider

That means power is unchanged from 562bhp, while the top speed remains at 204mph with the roof up.

Fans of the manufacturer will be pleased to know that its signature dihedral doors carry over in the Spider, which are often a casualty when a coupe loses its roof.

The 570S Spider is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It's turning into a bit of a convertibles day, with the McLaren 570S Spider arriving hot on the heels of Audi's new R8 V10 Plus Spyder.

More importantly, the manufacturer has managed to recuperate any potential loss of performance compared to the coupe version, the retractable hardtop version being treated to a slightly higher rear wing for extra downforce that compensates the aerodynamic changes owed to the removable roof.

This is a convertible without compromise; its mid-engined layout and carbon fibre 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 hard-top that delivers the extra exhilaration of roof-down motoring.

Similarly, a top speed of 328km/h is shared between the two, but is reduced to 315km/h when the two-piece roof is down.

The retractable roof itself is similar to the unit in the more powerful 650S Spider, being a two-piece arrangement that folds under a tonneau cover in 15 seconds and at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

"The McLaren 570S Spider is the most attainable McLaren Spider to date and adds yet another dimension to the McLaren Sports Series family", stated Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. The first 400 Spiders will be "launch edition" models, and it'll get a world premiere at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. Owners can toggle through Normal, Sport and Track mode to tailor the suspension tune for different types of driving.

An optional sports system will be available for the McLaren 570S Spider which features an ESG to channel exhaust sound towards the cabin via the area beneath the tonneau cover. To further differentiate it from the rest of the lineup, all-new ten-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheels are available as an option on the 570S Spider. The first deliveries are expected to begin in September.

  • Arturo Norris