McLaren Automotive lifts the lid on its latest model with the Australian debut of 570S Spider
11 Oct 2017
- McLaren Automotive unveils the new 570S Spider harbour-side in Sydney
- All the high-performance dynamic attributes and refinement of 570S Coupé with the added exhilaration of open-air driving
- Third bodystyle in McLaren’s Sports Series product family, alongside Coupé and GT
- Retractable hardtop using technology proven in McLaren 650S and 675LT Spiders
- Roof takes just 15 seconds to open or close, at vehicle speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph)
- Second new model in the Track22 Business Plan this year, cementing strong growth for the marque in Australia
- McLaren 570S Spider priced from AUD$435,750 plus on-roads
SYDNEY. McLaren Automotive unveiled its latest model in the Sports Series family – the McLaren 570S Spider. The new McLaren 570S Spider combines the exceptional dynamism and refinement of the 570S Coupé with the extra exhilaration of open-air motoring. Hand-assembled in Woking, England, the 570S Spider is the most attainable McLaren Spider ever and 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.
George Biggs, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive Asia said: “The McLaren 570S Spider is a truly exceptional car and I am pleased to reveal it here in Sydney for the Australian debut. 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. I cannot wait to see it being driven on Australian roads.”
The two-seat, rear-wheel drive 570S Spider is the third bodystyle in McLaren’s Sports Series portfolio, lining up alongside the Coupé and the GT. Compared to the Coupé, the 570S Spider adds a neatly integrated, retractable hardtop that when lowered delivers an even more immersive and exhilarating driving experience. The two-piece roof – which is engineered using technology proven in the McLaren 650S and 675LT Spider models – is constructed of lightweight composite panels and creates a purposeful, sleek appearance whether raised or lowered. The roof takes just 15 seconds to open or close, at vehicle speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph).
Most importantly, there are no performance compromises versus the 570S Coupé, with the Spider maintaining the same electrifying pace, dynamic excellence and impressive refinement thanks to its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine with seven-speed, seamless-shift gearbox producing a class-leading 570PS and 600Nm.
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.
Speaking at the McLaren 570S Spider launch event in Sydney, Alex Long, Global Head of Product commented: “The new Spider is about pure exhilaration. It’s built on the incredible Monocell II carbon fibre chassis, so we have been able to create a convertible which has the same ride and handling magic as the 570S coupe and with hardly any weight penalty. We also have the Active Dynamics Panel which allows the driver to choose from Normal, Sport or Track to adjust the handling and powertrain to suit the conditions. These features are unique to McLaren and make the 570S the finest handling convertible in the world.”
Deliveries of the McLaren 570S Spider will commence in Australia in late 2017, priced from AUD$435,750 plus on-roads. For more information, please contact McLaren Sydney (02 8338 3971), McLaren Melbourne (03 8420 8888), or McLaren Gold Coast (07 5509 7110).
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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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