McLaren’s new addition to the Sports Series for 2018 is the McLaren 570S Spider. It has a two-piece, retractable hard top that changes the car into a convertible for driving on those beautiful sunny days. It goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.1-seconds. It has a top speed of 204 miles per hour when the roof is up or 196 miles per hour with the retractable roof stowed away.
How does the McLaren 570S Spider rate, when compared to other sports super cars in its class? Automobile gave a detailed run down of the vehicle in a comparison between a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, an R8 V10 Spyder, and a McLaren 570S Spider, saying the McLaren wins by a good margin.
$208,800 is the base price. An optional sports exhaust system is $4,090 additional. Many features can be selected for custom configuration.
Conventional dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars used for cars in the Sports Series provide a smooth ride, even when compared to the more expensive ProActive chassis control of the McLaren 720S that is hydraulically linked. Suspension settings include normal, sports, and track mode. Normal and sports mode are very similar. When driving on really broken roads the bumps can be felt; however, they are not jarring. When the road surface is smooth, the track mode setting for suspension can be used effectively even on regular roads.
The steering system has hydraulically assisted racks instead of a power-assisted electronic steering system. This creates a natural weighting and a feeling of direct responsiveness. The suspension and steering system work together to connect the driver to the road in a way that feels comfortable from the moment the car starts to move.
Perfect placement of the pedals allows for braking using the left foot, which feels better than the longer time needed to move the right foot over. Even if a driver is not used to left-foot braking, with a little practice, this starts to feel very natural.
The agility, speed, and clean steering give a superb, responsive ride. The lightweight carbon fiber body allows the Spider to change directions easily with clear control and then fire down the straightaways with a ferocity that is impressive.
To go from hardtop to convertible there are two composite panels that retract. They will stow away automatically in about 15 seconds. The system can be safely operated at a speed of up to 25 mph. The glass wind deflector drops down to 75% of its original height. There is quite a bit of noise when the hardtop is stowed away. The wind swirls around the car’s interior if the windows remain up. There is more noise with the optional sports exhaust package; however, that is the point of buying the option.
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When accelerating, there is an intensity of noise from the V8 engine. Moreover, the seven-speed twin-clutch transmission punches in shifts with a sharp sounding crack
According to Automobile's review, when entering a turn in higher gears, there is a slight timing problem with the responsiveness of the V8 engine with its twin turbochargers. Entering turns is easy because of the well-designed chassis made from carbon ceramics and the tight steering. However, when in higher gears and allowing the car to handle the strain, the balance gets lost when exiting the turn. Then, the rear causes the nose to go wide. When accelerating out of the turn at the moment that feels natural, the throttle response is delayed by about a half-second later than desired.
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To get the best results requires using a couple of gears lower than one would normally choose. When hitting a turn in the lower gears the good calibration of the Dynamic mode for the ESC systems allows a driver to push the car right to the edge, yet gently manipulates the rear end back into position if the driver over commits. The handling is accurate, measured, and smooth. However, the engine requires the driver to manhandle it to get the maximum responsiveness needed for navigating turns properly.
Chassis: MonoCell II carbon fiber
Engine: 3.8 liters, twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V8
Power: 562 horsepower at 7,500 rpm, 443 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000-6,500 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic
Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, rear wheel drive, convertible
EPA Mileage Estimates: 16 miles per gallon in the city, 23 miles per gallon on the highway
Dimensions: 178.3 inches length by 85.5 inches width by 47.3 inches height
Wheelbase: 105.0 inches
Weight: 3,302 lbs. with all fluids and 90% full fuel tank
Acceleration: zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds
Top Speed: 204 miles per hour
The 2018 McLaren 570S Spider is sure to be a very popular addition to the McLaren Sports Series. It is available now.