This month, we floor it in a su­per-gor­geous McLaren 570S Spi­der

Spencer Hart dis­cov­ers what it’s like to drive the McLaren 570S Spi­der, a ma­chine born from rac­ing and built to rule the road

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As you ap­proach the McLaren 570S Spi­der, ev­ery­thing about the de­sign screams high-per­for­mance, from the lash­ings of car­bon fi­bre body parts, to the ‘di­he­dral’ doors. The 570S isn’t for shrink­ing vi­o­lets – be aware that it gets a lot of at­ten­tion.

Slip into the car­bon fi­bre tub and you’ll find a driver-fo­cused cock­pit with great vis­i­bil­ity wait­ing for you. There’s very lit­tle to dis­tract you from the road and that’s ex­actly what you want.

Press the start but­ton and the 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 roars into life. Want to hear the en­gine bet­ter? Hold the but­ton which low­ers the roof. McLaren de­scribes the 570S Spi­der as a “no-com­pro­mise con­vert­ible”, be­cause the car­bon fi­bre tub means the car’s body is as strong as its coupe cousins.

Get go­ing and you’ll re­alise this thing moves like a rocket ship. It’ll launch from 0 to 60mph in 3.1 sec­onds and onto top speed of 204 mph (or 196 mph with the roof down). It’s an ex­hil­a­rat­ing, en­gag­ing drive.

The McLaren 570S Spi­der has an at­ten­tion-grab­bing de­sign, tele­pathic han­dling, and can dis­patch a quar­ter mile in 11 sec­onds, but this stylish speed ma­chine ac­tu­ally sits in McLaren’s en­try-level Sports Se­ries and starts at £164,750 ( Don’t let that clas­si­fi­ca­tion fool you, be­cause for all in­tents and pur­poses the 570S Spi­der is a bona fide su­per­car.

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