Finally, McLaren has announced the 720S Spider. And yes, we all knew it was gonna happen.
Important numbers include 1,332kg dry kerbweight. Power remains the same at 710bhp and 568lb-ft of torque from the twin-Turbo 4.0-litre V8 motor. All of which weighs in at 49kg extra over the fixed roof variant.
0-62mph takes 2.9 seconds, 0-124mph (useful in the real world!?!) takes 7.9 seconds, or 0.1 seconds longer than the coupe. Top speed is a wig-removing 202mph with the roof down, and 212mph with the roof up.
It also features the Monocage II-S carbon fibre core. A variation on the coupe version, as it ditches the spine to fit all of the roof gubbins.
And check out the windowed buttress’ at the rear - mega or what?
So, this or a Ferrari 488 Spyder?
Following in the lineage of the Fiat X1/9 & 124 Sport Spider, the Barchetta offered a somewhat refreshing take on what a 2-seater open air sports car should be. Offered with options such as diamond cross-stitch seating and only ever produced in front-wheel drive, this looker was far more suited to wading along the French Riviera than B-road barnstorming. And what's wrong with that?
The example seen here on a fine summer's day in Porto was in fact assembled by Moncalieri-based coachbuilder Maggiora (who produced the likes of the De Tomaso Mangusta / Pantera, Maserati Mistral, Alfa Romeo 2000 Touring, Lancia Aurelia / Flaminia) just prior to their bankruptcy in the early noughties.
That would sadly mark the beginning of the end for this peppy little machine despite a few final revisions, and though it is certainly underappreciated - those in the know tend to be absolutely smitten.