What's more glamorous than a super car?
Answer, a convertible super car.
The trouble is that they sometimes come with a few compromises.
Sometimes that is But not always.
Welcome to the McLaren 570S Spider.
So what are the main reasons that you would buy the open top brethren to the standard hard top super car?
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You can see more easily as you turn on both sides of the latest cool club.
Not really my thing but I love [UNKNOWN] [NOISE] You just feel so much more in touch with the surroundings that you're traveling through.
You can see the mountains and the sky, or the buildings, or the trees above you.
You can smell your surroundings too.
Admittingly, there's no point in such a bonus if you're passing by the dumps or pass [INAUDIBLE] of edges.
This isn't smell-a-vison.
Let's imagine jasmine and bergamot wafting through the cabin.
Go on, light a candle.
Get in the mood.
Most of the kit that you can see on this car is included, in the 165,000 pound or $208,000 list price.
Most notably perhaps, the carbon ceramic brakes, which are fantastic.
As well as the bucket seats, other options fit into this car that I would definitely recommend.
Include the lightweight forged alloys, and the sport's exhaust.
Which brings us onto another of the advantages of a Spyder namely the symphony of sounds that meet your ears.
Now admittedly this 3.8 liter turbo charge engine hasn't quite got the voice of a natural Ferrari or something like that.
But with everything set to [INAUDIBLE] fantastic admission car.
This really has seem to come alive in this Spider.
It's so much more engaging than the [INAUDIBLE], the sounds of its noise.
If you're wondering about the stunning location we're in, by the way, it's called Montserrat.
No, not the Caribbean island, the mountainous and monastic area to the west of Barcelona after which the island is named.
So why wouldn't you buy a Spider then?
Well, some people say the looks aren't quite as good, but I don't think that's the case in this car.
[SOUND] Yes, the 570GT, probably still the real looker of the range.
But I think with this convertible, this is actually better than the 570S coupe.
I think those buttresses are just brilliant.
Looks like this was made for it.
It's also worth taking a moment to appreciate the intrinsic beauty that the model Spyder's roof can possess.
Gone are the days when they looked like a deck chair after a hurricane.
In the 21st century it's a feat of mechanical ballet.
The 570 stows or protects in just 15 seconds and can perform at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.
It comes as standard in body color, Sicilian Yellow in this instance, but is also available in contrasting dark palladium.
As you can see here.
The major reason for not buying a Spyder is because of the dynamics, seems though McClarin's got a trick up its sleeves, so it means that's not really a problem in this car either.
Time to blow over to a color appropriate location for what Jennifer Aniston would call the science bit.
Imagine for a second that this is a coupe.
And imagine that it's not made by McLaren, by another manufacturer that says it doesn't use carbon chassis.
Mentioning no names, like Ferrari.
In a coupe, it uses all the car, including the roof, to get its rigidity.
Here's a bicycle to help make that point.
Here's a simple, or perhaps that's simply terrible, drawing of a bicycle.
What is that?
A wheel or not?
To be fair, I do actually run with the saddle that high.
Anyway, the standard bicycle gets its stiffness from the main frame.
If you took a hacksaw to the top tube like this, then the whole thing will flex terrifyingly.
Just to be clear, the top tube in this analogy is the roof of a car.
What most car manufacturers have to do then, when they remove the roof, is add strength, and therefore weight back in, down here.
McLaren however starts out with MonoCell II carbon tub.
So even on the standard hardtop, The roof isn't structurally important.
It's like a bicycle designed from the outset without a top tube.
So you see, what I've found, even when you take the roof away, like that, it's still just as rigid because all the stiffness is coming from down there, and you don't need to add any weight.
What all that means is this has Well, exactly the same stiffness as the coupe.
And it means it's got the same power as the coupe, got the same torque.
It's got the same chassis settings.
And it only weighs 46 kilos more.
And since there is so little extra weight, performance figures are nigh on identical too.
Nought to 62 miles per hour is dispatched in just 3.2 seconds, identical to the coupe.
The Spyder will reach 196 miles an hour with the roof down, and 204 miles an hour with the roof up.
It means I'd still be able to fit an aggressive course of time because you're not getting any shake through the chassis.
There's no wobble at all.
You might think well, this isn't really matter to me.
I don't drive that quickly.
But studies show even at low speeds, it's just a horrible thing you don't want.
In a supercar particularly.
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And the way they got it to work well that really suggests that well, you don't need one.
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There's not gonna be a 720S Spyder for some time, we've been told that.
So if you want an over the top McLaren, this really is your only option at the moment.
But I don't see why you'd want anything else.
Of course, this is not the first time that McLaren has produced a Spyder.
It displayed the virtues of its carbon chassis.
But at this price point, it becomes an even more distinguishing asset.
What's more in the 517 S Spider I think [UNKNOWN] has hit something of a sweet spot.
The performance, adjustability, usability and engagement are all knitted together into an infectiously exciting hole.
As you can probably tell, I loved it.
And I would certain have this Spyder over the coupe.
On this occasion, there's simply no reason not to.