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What bet­ter way to spend a beau­ti­ful summer day in Barcelona than to ex­pe­ri­ence the new drop-top from McLaren? In the city renowned for its avant-garde de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture, WIL­HELM LOOTS dis­cov­ered how the new 570S Spi­der makes a state­ment all its own.

Hand-as­sem­bled in Wok­ing, Eng­land, the new two-seat, rear-wheel-drive 570S Spi­der is the third body style in McLaren’s Sports Se­ries port­fo­lio, along­side the Coupé and the GT. As such, the new 570S Spi­der brings su­per­car per­for­mance and, for the first time, car­bon fi­bre con­struc­tion to the lux­ury sports con­vert­ible seg­ment. Of course, the use of car­bon fi­bre in ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion is noth­ing new to McLaren as it pi­o­neered the car­bon fi­bre chas­sis way back in 1981 with the McLaren MP4/1 For­mula One car, and in 1993 with the iconic McLaren F1.


Apart from show­cas­ing lead­ing car­bon fi­bre tech­nol­ogy, the 570S Spi­der is, as a whole, noth­ing less than a tech­no­log­i­cal marvel. The two-piece roof, con­structed of light­weight com­pos­ite pan­els, cre­ates a pur­pose­ful, sleek ap­pear­ance whether it is raised or low­ered. Elec­tri­cally op­er­ated from the driver’s seat us­ing one sim­ple con­trol, the roof folds ef­fort­lessly to stow be­neath a beau­ti­fully-crafted ton­neau cover.

The roof it­self is a mas­ter­piece of en­gi­neer­ing, com­plet­ing ei­ther of its open­ing or clos­ing cy­cles in just 15 sec­onds, at ve­hi­cle speeds of up to 40 km/h. An elec­tri­cally-op­er­ated glazed wind de­flec­tor can also be raised to re­duce wind-buf­fet­ing when the roof is down, or low­ered when the roof is up, to al­low for max­i­mum en­joy­ment of the car’s heavy metal meets new age synth sound­track. And, if that’s not enough to sat­isfy your de­sire for the McLaren’s dis­tinc­tive ex­haust note, you can opt for the sports sys­tem that chan­nels ex­haust sound into the cabin via the acous­tic area be­neath the ton­neau cover. Hav­ing driven the 570S with and with­out this add-on, we highly rec­om­mend the lat­ter op­tion as it guar­an­tees an ex­pe­ri­ence of pure au­ral ec­stasy.

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