Woking, England - McLaren’s 720S has finally gone topless, the new Spider model sporting a patented retractable carbon fibre hard top and glazed ‘flying buttresses’ that increases downforce.
What’s more, the 720S’s Monocage II-S carbon fibre structure needed no additional strengthening to combat scuttle shake, McLaren says, although the hard top and rollover protection system have added 49kg to the car’s overall weight - which is still rather light in the greater scheme of things (and best in class) at 1332kg.
That makes relatively light work for the 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 530kW and 770Nm, enough to get the topless beast from 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds, 0-200 in 7.9s and on to a top speed of 341km/h, according to claims.
The retractable hard top is electrically operated and can do its opening and closing trick in just 11 seconds, at speeds of up to 50km/h.
Buyers can also opt for a glazed electrochromic glass roof that can switch between transparent and tinted states.