The McLaren 650S is the world’s most versatile supercar, and the Spider takes that one step further with a retractable hardtop that retains the McLaren 650S’s breathtaking dynamics while opening you up to a whole new dimension of driving enjoyment.
It’ll take you less than 17 seconds to drop the Spider’s roof, but it took our obsessive engineers six months to drop its weight from our target of 50kg to an even lighter 40kg. That means the mechanisms required to open, close and store it have so little effect on the McLaren 650S Spider’s centre of gravity that it’ll feel just as good scything through a corner as the McLaren 650S Coupe.
The McLaren 650S Spider has a staggering top speed of 204mph, just 3mph less than the Coupe. Even more remarkable, our obsessive engineers ensured that the Spider’s drag increase is minimal at only 3% with the roof down.
Weather is unpredictable, and no-one wants to stop their journey to make the most of a sunny spell or to avoid a damp interior. The McLaren 650S Spider’s roof can be raised or lowered in less than 17 seconds at the push of a button and can do so at speeds of up to 30kph (19mph). Problem solved.
Engines are the heart and soul of supercars, but retractable hardtops often hide them from view. The McLaren 650S Spider’s clever tonneau cover solves that problem. Whether the roof is open or closed, you’ll still get a glimpse of the twin-turbo V8 every time you walk up to the car. When the roof is raised, an additional 52 litres of luggage space is available for maximum versatility.
You’ll love it because it looks gorgeous, but it took hundreds of hours of advanced computational fluid dynamics, weeks of wind-tunnel testing and an obsession with perfection to create the breathtaking contours of the McLaren 650S Spider. The result is beautiful bodywork that just happens to help your lap time.
Every curve, every crease, every intake, every millimetre of the McLaren 650S Spider is honed to make you swoon as well as improve aerodynamic performance.
The low front accelerates airflow below the car, creating downforce that maximises traction and cornering ability, giving you extra confidence to push to the limit.
Heat is the enemy of performance, and the harder you drive, the hotter things get. The side intakes force air into the cooling radiators keeping heat to a minimum for maximum performance.
The harder you drive the McLaren 650S, the more it sticks itself to the road. Part of the reason lies with the Formula 1™ inspired flat underside and rear diffuser, which provide significant levels of downforce.
Press hard on the carbon ceramic brakes and the Airbrake deploys for even mightier stopping power. The Airbrake can also be partially deployed to act as a rear wing, increasing rear downforce by 20%, while a Drag Reduction System lowers it to maximise straight-line performance.
CARBON FIBRE MONOCELL
A huge part of the reason for the McLaren 650S Spider feeling so intimately connected to the road is the carbon fibre MonoCell at its core. It’s strong, it’s light, it’s safe, it doesn’t flex when you finally dare to take Flugplatz flat. It makes this Spider feel fantastic.
We pioneered the use of carbon fibre in Formula 1 and in production road cars. For over 30 years, every car we have made has had carbon fibre at its core.
It took 4,000 hours to make each carbon fibre chassis on the McLaren F1. Twenty years of innovation later, it takes just four hours to produce the MonoCell that makes the McLaren 650S Spider feel so special.
The reason why the McLaren 650S Spider’s just as much fun to drive as the Coupe? Our MonoCell. It means that the Spider stays just as stiff and strong once the roof is removed.
There’s no difference in the MonoCell we use on either the McLaren 650S Coupe or Spider, so both are as strong and light and stiff. That means a Spider owner gets all the benefits of an open-top sports car with all the agility of a Coupe.
Weighing just 75kg, the MonoCell is lighter, stronger and stiffer than comparable steel or aluminium designs, so it’s safer and gives the McLaren 650S Spider the best possible base for thrilling dynamics.
The lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell ensures the McLaren 650S has the handling of a race-bred supercar. It’s future-proof too: carbon fibre does not degrade like metal, so the McLaren will feel as agile and be just as safe for decades to come.
Born out of our Formula 1 expertise, the integral strength of the carbon fibre MonoCell provides exceptional levels of safety for you and your passenger.
It was so good that they banned it from our championship-winning MP4-13. Now you can enjoy Brake Steer on road or track in the McLaren 650S Spider.
Brake Steer subtly uses the rear brakes to manage traction, minimise mid-corner understeer and control oversteer when you corner at speed, allowing you to unleash the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8’s full performance in maximum safety and to breathtaking effect.
Factoring speed and steering angle, this system works out the perfect cornering trajectory. It then applies the exact amount of braking force required to the rear inside wheel as you corner – allowing the car to effectively pivot around the desired path.
Proactive Chassis Control (PCC) gives you the best of both worlds, from supple suspension in town to roll-free cornering on the racetrack for ultimate exhilaration. PCC is the most radical rethink of sports car suspension design in half a century, and addresses the conflicting objectives of dynamic handling and comfortable ride, to set new standards in both.