The 2019 McLaren 720S features a rear-mounted twin-turbo 4.0L V8 power plant producing 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Mated with a 7-speed SSG transmission shifted via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and offered in rear-wheel drive. The adaptive suspension is controlled via Mclaren's Proactive Chassis Control II offering Sport, Comfort and Race modes. The 720s can be configured in three trims: Standard, Performance and Luxury.
The 720S comes well-equipped with luxurious amenities for a supercar. Standard features include the option of Napa leather seats wrapped with or without Alcantara, heated electronically controlled wing mirrors, cruise control, automatic LED headlights, LED sequential taillights, dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch infotainment system, a 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth for hands free connectivity, staggered 19-inch wheels and two USB ports.
Luxury trim adds a few unique interior and exterior options particularly surrounded around material construction for body and interior trim. Standout features include interior and engine bay ambient lighting, McLaren Luxury Interior leather seat material options and heated memory bucket seats.
The Performance model brings the 720S down to its lowest possible weight and includes a carbon fiber hood, air intakes, door mirror casings, rear fender air intakes and carbon fiber interior component paneling.
Stand-alone options include: Carbon fiber seats, a power adjustable steering column, interior ambient lighting, a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker audio system, McLaren Track telemetry with lap-time functionality, four front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, 360 degree parking assist, a vehicle lift for those in urban areas, a volumetric alarm upgrade and a vehicle tracker. The 720S is also highly customizable with cast or forged variations of seven wheels, 32 different exterior colors, and eight brake caliper color choices.
Driving a McLaren 720S Spider along the canyon roads of Southern California on a Tuesday afternoon feels like playing hooky -- there's no way this is work. The springtime sun warms the leather-wrapped cabin while the 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 sings the sweet, sonorous song of its people. The whole experience is absolutely indulgent, right down to the sparkles in my test car's flamboyant Aztec Gold paint.
This is a car that should feel like the epitome of excess. From its 710 horsepower to its $315,000 price tag, McLaren's 720S Spider is a superlative supercar, and folding the roof back only heightens the experience.
Under that curvaceous skin, the Spider is barely different than. The cars share their single-piece, carbon-fiber chassis tub, and no additional bracing was needed to keep the 720S super stiff after cutting off its roof. That means the Spider is only 108 pounds heavier than the Coupe, all of which can be attributed to the electronic roof mechanism.
The Good The 2020 McLaren 720S Spider offers all the thrills and sensations of its hardtop counterpart, with the added benefit of a wonderful, open-top drive.
The Bad The infotainment system lacks features and, with the top down, sunlight washes out the screen.
The Bottom Line McLaren's $315,000 720S Spider is an incredible automotive indulgence.
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