New McLaren 570S Spider makes its Asian debut in Japan

22 Sep 2017

  • McLaren Automotive unveils new McLaren 570S Spider.
  • Japan is the first country in Asia to reveal the new Mclaren 570S Spider.
  • Retractable hardtop using technology with just 46kg weight premium over 570S Coupé and structural rigidity unchanged
  • Roof takes just 15 seconds to open or close, at vehicle speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph)
  • 8-litre twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine with seven-speed, seamless-shift gearbox produces a class-leading 570PS and 600Nm
  • Acceleration from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 2 seconds and 328km/h (204mph) top speed are identical to 570S Coupé. Top speed with roof down is 315km/h (196mph)

JAPAN. McLaren Automotive Ltd. (head office: Surrey, England, UK; CEO: Mike Flewitt), the pioneering British creator of luxury sports and supercars unveils the new McLaren 570S Spider today at a press conference held in Yokohama, Japan. This was the first time this model was publicly showcased in Asia.

George Biggs, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive Asia said, ”The McLaren 570S Spider is a truly exceptional car and we are delighted to unveil it in Japan, making it our first launch in Asia. It has been an outstanding year for McLaren. We’ve received a phenomenal response since the release of the 720S, followed by the announcement of our fourth consecutive year of profitability and today we celebrate the launch of the latest addition to the McLaren Sports Series family. The McLaren 570S Spider is a convertible without compromise, with an attractive retractable hardtop that delivers the exhilaration of roof-down motoring. It is an extremely thrilling car to drive.”

The McLaren 570S Spider was revealed during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2017. The 570S Spider is the third body style in McLaren’s Sports Series product family. As “a convertible without compromise”, the new 570S Spider combines the exceptional dynamism and refinement of the 570S Coupé with the extra exhilaration of open-air motoring. The 570S Spider brings supercar attributes such as carbon-fibre construction, a mid-engined layout and extreme performance for the first time to the luxury sports convertible segment.

Most importantly, there are no performance compromises versus the 570S Coupé, with the Spider maintaining the same electrifying pace, dynamic excellence and impressive refinement.  The carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis at the heart of all Sports Series cars does not suffer any reduction in strength or stiffness in convertible guise, or require any additional structural actions. This has allowed McLaren engineers to design and develop the 570S Spider without concerns that are potentially a significant issue with steel or aluminium structures. 

The design purity of the 570S Spider includes:-

  • a lightweight, aluminium bodywork enables beautifully-sculpted surfaces, informed by aerodynamic requirements and attributes
  • a two-piece retractable hardtop that maintains the design purity of the Coupé when closed and introduces a dramatic visual signature when open, accentuating the way in which the aluminium body panels ‘wrap around’ the cabin
  • three new exterior colours to celebrate the launch of the 570S Spider, with the retractable roof finished either in body colour or contrast Dark Palladium grey

“The McLaren 570S Spider visual design fully embraces the aerodynamic requirements by optimising airflow management. It was imperative for us to maintain design purity and, therefore, to keep the 570S Coupe’s silhouette. The ideal solution was to use retractable hardtop technology, giving it a striking and athletic appearance while keeping instantly recognisable McLaren design language”, says Mark Roberts, Head of Design Operations at McLaren Automotive.

Also making its debut in Japan is the documentary movie “McLaren”. It follows the life of founder Bruce McLaren, and his determination to reach the summit of global motor racing that saw his name become synonymous with the sport; displaying an incomparable will to succeed and desire to better both himself and his burgeoning company. “McLaren” is the story of one man’s unfaltering commitment to his vision which will inspire generations of sporting fans. The DVD of the movie has been on sale in Japan since September 6 from NBS Universal Entertainment Japan.

About McLaren 570S Spider press conference:

Date & time:       Monday, September 22nd, 2017 11:00 – 12:00

Speakers:         Mark Roberts, Design Studio Manager, McLaren Automotive

 George Biggs, Managing Director, McLaren Automotive Asia

 Yoshihiro Masamoto, Head of Japan, McLaren Automotive Asia

Venue:             “Osanbashi Hall”  at International Passenger Terminal in Yokohama
                         (Kaigai-dori 1, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan)

Additionally, Yoshihiro Masamoto, Head of Japan for McLaren Automotive Asia commented: “The McLaren 570S Spider is the most attainable McLaren Spider to date, adds yet another dimension to the McLaren Sports Series family.  By adopting McLaren’s carbon monocaqe, it allows drivers to enjoy a comfortable and refreshing open-air motoring experience without sacrificing the sensations of the Coupé. We are excited to introduce this new McLaren Spider to Japanese supercar enthusiasts.


Notes to Editors:

A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site –

About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports and super cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey. For the past 30 years, McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1 respectively, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis.

Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was revealed in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, and the limited-run McLaren P1™ went into production in 2013. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company unveiled the 650S, in Coupé and Spider form in 2014, while 2015 proved to be a year of unprecedented growth of the product portfolio with five new models launched across the full range. The strictly limited edition 675LT Coupé premiered at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the track-only McLaren P1™ GTR which, with 1,000PS, became the most powerful model ever produced by the brand. The much-anticipated Sports Series became the third – and final – model tier in the McLaren range with the 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé debuting in New York and Shanghai respectively, less than one month apart. The end of 2015 saw the launch of the fifth model, the 675LT Spider, which was as a direct response to customer demand. The year also saw the end of production for the first model in the Ultimate Series as the 375th McLaren P1™ was completed, closing what had become a defining year for the British brand. 2016 continued where 2015 had left off with the introduction of the 570GT - a second bodystyle for the Sports Series and the most luxurious car McLaren has ever built, as well as the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint track variants. 2016 also marked the introduction of the company’s new business plan, Track22, which sees the company investing £1B in Research and Development to deliver 15 all new cars or derivatives by the end of 2022, of which at least 50% will feature hybrid technology. The uplift in sales in 2016 also saw the launch of the second shift at the McLaren Production Centre as well as the company’s third year of profitability in just six years of trading. In March 2017, the second-generation Super Series was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show with the global premiere of the McLaren 720S.

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Further information:

Wayne Bruce
Global Communications & PR Director | McLaren Automotive Limited

Phone: +44 (0) 1483 261500
Mobile: +44 (0) 7768 132429

Gracia Yap
PR Manager – Asia Pacific | McLaren Automotive Limited

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