McLaren 720S

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Arizona State Route 87 is filled with stunning views of mountains and rolling desert terrain. The blue skies, sunshine and 65-degree temperature are a welcome change of pace from the cold, snowy, dreary winter I've been dealing with at home in Michigan. The only thing better than the weather is that I get to enjoy it from the driver's seat of the outstanding McLaren 720S Spider.

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This 710-horsepower droptop arrives just a couple of years after McLaren launched the 720S Coupe, and brings a few other updates aside from its new, folding roof. Spider-specific fenders, doors and wheels help set it apart from its hardtop sibling, and the result is a car that looks spectacular, top up or top down.

Speaking of which, the top is an electronically folding bit, which retracts in just 11 seconds, and can be operated at speeds up to 31 miles per hour -- convenient if a rainstorm happens to catch you off guard. But even when the top is up, the 720S Spider offers a wonderful view outward. An available electrochromic glass panel goes from tinted to transparent at the push of a button. Of course, this is also a $9,100 option.

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