McLAREN 720S SPIDER
LAUNCH DATE: H2 2019 SPECS: 530kW/770Nm PRICE: $550,000 (est) DELETING THE ROOF can have a surprisingly big effect on a car. Being made from carbon, the McLaren 720S Spider should drive almost identically to its hardtop twin, for its weight gain is just 49kg, primarily down to the folding hardtop, and there’s little change in structural rigidity. The extra heft hasn’t affected its performance; 0-100km/h is claimed to still take just 2.9sec, with 200km/h flashing by just 5sec later. By any standards the 720S is ludicrously fast, especially with a 341km/h top speed, though that drops to a mere 325km/h with the roof down. However, the 720S could use a little more theatre, and the idea of having benchmark supercar performance with all the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors flooding in is an appealing one. It’ll land around mid-year costing about 10 per cent more than the coupe.