Motor (Australia) - - PACE NOTES -

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.

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