McLaren Automotive, British manufacturer of Luxury high performance super and sportscars launched the new 720S Spider in Malaysia.
Making an official debut in Kuala Lumpur at The International Gallery at KLGCC Resort on the 15th of August amongst Mclaren owners and other invited guests, the McLaren 720S Spider was revealed in a beautiful shade of Memphis Red. Now available to order and limited to three discerning owners, the new 720S Spider delivers the exhilaration of open-air driving and levels of day-to-day usability unseen in the convertible supercar class.
Like all McLaren cars, the new 720s Spider has a carbon fibre structure at its core, in this case designated Monocage II-S. The Monocage II-S is a development of the Coupe’s Monocage II, without the central ‘spine’ running front to rear above the cabin. Recognised for the sense of 360-degree vision it provides, allowing light to flood into the cabin is the canopy-like design of the 720s Coupé. This philosophy of unrivalled vision is central to the second-generation Super Series and the new Spider moves the game on again, with its unique, glazed flying buttresses further aiding driver visibility as well as adding visual drama to the car.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine that powers that 720s Spider is unchanged from the Coupe. Mid Mounted for exceptional handling and purity of response, it produces 720PS and 770Nm and given the lightest in class weight of the 720S Spider and resulting power-to-weight ratio of 540PS-per-tonne at lightest dry weight – it is no surprise that performance is extreme.
Retractable Hard Top (RHT) of the 720S Spider is a completely new design, with one-piece, carbon fibre roof panel as standard. The hardtop maintains the distinctive silhouette and aerodynamic purity of the 720S Coupé and procides a full carbon fibre upper structure when the roof is closed. The folding mechanism for McLaren’s new RHT is electrically rather than hydraulically driven and the system is the fastest-operating convertible roof in the supercar class, with the retractable hard top lowered or raised in just 11 seconds.
It’s rear window lowers automatically when the RHT is opened, moving to the optimum position to minimise airflow intrusion into the cabin.The window is also independently controllable, allowing occupants to lower it when the roof is closed and invite the sound of the powertrain into the cabin.
To experience the open-air nature of the 720s Spider even with the roof closed can specify a carbon fibre-framed, glazed RHT option to allow even more light into the cabin. The glass is electrochromic and can switch rapidly between a transparent or tinted state at the touch of the button. When the ignition is off, the glass reverts to its tinted setting, helping keep the cabin of the 720S Spider cool during hot days. The electrochromic technology has a memory function that recalls the previous setting selected when the vehicle is next started.
The new 720S Spider is available in the same three specification as the Coupé, with the Performance and Luxury trims extending above the standard model. Two new exterior colours which are Belize Blue and Aztec Gold that have been introduced for the new Spider among a palette of 23 and return of Supernova Silver a heritage colour.
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