McLaren says the 650S Spider takes styling pointers from the P1 hypercar, although it’s a little more tame to look at than the hybrid monster. Only in the crazy world of McLaren could a 650S’s looks be described as tame, however. This is a magnificent, dramatically styled supercar, with a distinctive front splitter, that recognisably McLaren windscreen falling deep into the curved bonnet, door blades for optimised aerodynamics, an active rear wing, and those dihedral doors for a fitting sense of drama. The LED headlights are magnificently styled and, as with all McLarens since 1981, the chassis is made from carbon-fibre for light-weight, torsional rigidity and strength.
Inside, the cabin is clothed in Alcantara, with a small, neat touchscreen and a few buttons controlling all functions. Customers can specify carbon-fibre race seats if they have the track in mind.
The Spider version gives you a smart, small retractable hardtop, which folds into the bodywork at up to 19mph. With the roof down, and the sun shining, our test car in bold orange was simply the business on the West Sussex country lanes.