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
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 ( cars.mclaren.com). Don’t let that classification fool you, because for all intents and purposes the 570S Spider is a bona fide supercar.