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Specification

Specification

  • Mileage: 3,750
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Engine Size: 3799cc
  • Interior Colour: Carbon black
  • Exterior Colour: Volcano red
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Seats: 2
  • Service: McLaren Service History
  • Reg date: 2015/3

Optional extras

  • Carbon black leather/Alcantara Interior
  • Harrissa red Contrast Stitching
  • Carbon Fibre Interior Upgrade
  • Carbon Ceramic Brakes
  • Polished Calipers with black Logo
  • Stealth McLaren Badge
  • Carbon Fibre Side Intake
  • Enhanced Technology Package - Lift System, Parking Sensors (front & rear), Reversing Camera, Electric Seats
  • Super-Lightweight Forged Rims in Stealth Finish
  • Meridien Surround Sound System
  • Stealth Pack
  • Sports Exhaust
  • Vehicle Tracking System
  • Battery Conditioner
Description

Description

Top Gear says:

The open-top version of McLaren’s brilliant 650S. P1 looks and open-top sensations: perfect.

What is it?

It’s brilliant, that’s what. Oh, are we getting a bit ahead of ourselves? Well, this is the convertible version of McLaren’s 650S coupe, complete with a folding hard top that tucks itself away in 17 seconds at up to 19mph. So far, so standard. 

What makes the McLaren stand out from other convertibles (including Ferrari’s drop-top 458) is that, thanks to the toughness of its carbon tub, it needed no additional strengthening. Which means it’s every bit as stiff and rigid as the hard top and only weighs 40kg more.

Driving

What this means is that the Spider drives identically to the coupe. Identically. There is not a trace of chassis shimmer, no extra steering kickback and not even a hint of extra vibration in the rear view mirror. It’s uncanny. And it handles with exactly the same confidence-inspiring accuracy as the coupe, and since the 650S produces, as its name suggests, 650bhp, you really, really don’t notice the extra 40kg. 

What you do notice is a lot more noise. Arguably the Spider’s best feature isn’t the roof itself, but the electric rear window, which fulfils the role of wind deflector when the roof is down, but acts as a volume control for the V8 twin turbo with the roof up. Keep it raised and the V8 is nicely muted and cruising a breeze. Lower it and you’re exposed to epic levels of aural brutality. 

What’s more, the loss of the roof seems to have made the McLaren less uptight and clinical. It’s somehow more exuberant now, more characterful and fun. It’s one of the true greats. 

On the Inside

As far as the cabin design goes, nothing has really changed. But then nothing needed to. The Spider feels like it’s been built and designed to F1 standards – it’s great to spend time in and the ergonomics are superb. The satnav works and it’s great, while seats, steering wheel and pedals are all perfectly placed. That wheel is a pleasure to grip, too.

Special mention for practicality here: because the roof design meant losing the rear parcel shelf, McLaren came up with something called buttress bags. These are roll-up sacks that store in the buttresses, but, when packed, store in the roof void (you have to keep the roof up, naturally), adding 52 litres of capacity. Make no mistake, McLaren has thought of everything – this is a great car to live with.

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