A convertible version of the Sports Series was always in the pipeline and now, 18 months after the coupe arrived, here it is: the 570S Spider. It’s fast, light, scintillating in Sicilian Yellow and costs from £164,750.
The good looks are thanks to a neat retractable hardtop based on the design of the Super Series hardtop as used in the now-replaced 650S and 675LT Spiders. With the new 720S still a year or more away from going topless, this is the only fresh-air McLaren you can buy right now.
The two-piece roof section, with glass rear screen, folds back electrically in 15 seconds at speeds up to 25mph. More important, structural rigidity is not diminished thanks to the carbon-fibre MonoCell II chassis at the heart of the Sports Series. Just as with the 650S Spider, taking out of the roof section has not required any additional strengthening, says McLaren. The roof does add weight though, albeit a relatively modest 46kg.
The Sports Series, you will remember, is McLaren’s big-selling entry range but, like the coupe and the GT versions, it’s far from obvious that this is the lowest rung of the McLaren ladder.