After a long quiet period, McLaren Malaysia has returned with the announcement of the soon-to-be-unveiled 720S Spider. The McLaren 720S Spider is part of the Super Series range, and the Spider tag reminds people of its convertible status.
As with all McLarens, everything is made up of carbon-fiber and the structure known as the Monocage II-S. When it comes to gross weight, the gross weight of the 720S is reduced 6.8 kilograms, compared to the 650S. Compared to the Coupe version, the convertible is 49 kgs more due to the roof and roof cover. At a gross weight of just 1,332kg, the 720S is still lighter than any rivals’ supercars.
Power is derived from a super 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine, mid-mounted, to push a maximum output of 720PS and 770Nm of torque. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is done in 2.9 seconds, while top speed is an uncanny 341 km/h. The powertrain also includes a 7-speed SSG transmission.
In design, the 720S Spider has the same dramatic ‘eye sockets’ cut deep into the front fenders and double-skinned dihedral doors; like the Coupe. Beyond this, the front splitter and contoured bonnet, for example, dictate and control the airflow through, over, around and under the rest of the vehicle, while behind the front splitter, the underfloor aerodynamics have been revised to work in harmony with the new rear bodywork and full-width active rear spoiler. Wheels and tyres comprise 10-spoke, Lightweight forged alloy wheels, 19″ front and 20″ rears. with mixed Pirelli P Zeros.
The roof activates at a speed up to 50 km/h and opens and closes in 11 seconds flat. Then, there’s a rear window which lowers to improve aerodynamics. Lastly, the rear spoiler deploys according to the retractable hard top.
Inside, the 720S Spider’s cabin is now a frameless design to accommodate the RHT system. It provides access to a truly sophisticated environment, with an extraordinary perception of space and the finest materials in evidence. A new door hinge system and gas strut position was possible without issue. Highlights inside include an 8.0-inch screen, a calibrated a/c system and the finer details of upholstery.
DRIVEN FOR PURE DRIVING EXCITEMENT
The 720S Spider comes with McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control II hydraulic suspension, already renowned for challenging convention by delivering the usually incompatible combination of precise body control and a compliant ride. To top it, an electro-hydraulic steering system widely acknowledged for providing exceptionally pure precision and feedback is fitted. As with the Coupé, the 720S Spider offers three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, or Track.
There are three specifications for the new McLaren 720S Spider with up to 23 hues to choose from. Its debut in Malaysia is set for 15 August.
McLaren 720S Spider Specifications
Engine: M840T engine, 4.0l twin-turbo V8, 3,994cc
Drivetrain layout: Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power PS (bhp/kW) @ rpm: 720 (710/537) @ 7,500rpm
Torque Nm (lb ft) @ rpm: 770 (568) @ 5,500-6,500rpm
Transmission: 7 Speed SSG
Suspension: Independent adaptive dampers, dual aluminium wishbones
Brakes: Carbon Ceramic discs
Wheels/tyres: 9J x 19; 11J x 20/ 245/35/R19 93Y; 305/30/R20 103Y
Length:4,543 mm (179 inches)
Wheelbase, 2,670 (105)
Width, with mirrors: 2,161 (85)
Width, mirrors folded: 2,059 (81)
Weight: 1,332 kg (dry)