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Open-top McLaren 650S Spider joins 650S Coupé in Geneva global debut

connoisseur March 7, 2014 0
Open-top McLaren 650S Spider joins 650S Coupé in Geneva global debut

McLaren Automotive has now released images and full information for the convertible version of its latest model, the McLaren 650S, unveiled at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show. A no compromise open-top high performance sports car, the McLaren 650S Spider offers the same superior performance, handling and driver enjoyment, in addition to the a two-piece retractable hard top. The latest model is shown in Tarocco Orange which is developed with technology partner AkzoNobel and is a new addition to the McLaren colour collection.

The McLaren 650S Spider is mechanically identical to the 650S Coupé and is fitted with the unique McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine, producing 650PS (641 bhp) and 678 Nm (500 lb ft). Fuel consumption and emissions remain the same for the 650S Spider, returning 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle and 275 g/km.

The carbon fibre MonoCell chassis gives the 650S Spider identical handling and ride and requires no additional strengthening. The overall weight of the 650S Spider is only 40 kg over the Coupé, with this additional mass coming from the Retractable Hard Top and roof mechanism, and is less than any other car in its class. The two-piece Retractable Hard Top can be automatically raised or lower in less than 17 seconds, and can be activated while stationary or at any speed up to 30km/h.

The 650S Spider uses a heated glass rear window, operating independently of the roof similar to the 12C Spider. With the roof down, the rear window acts as a wind deflector, reducing cabin buffeting. The roof is stowed beneath a body-coloured hard tonneau cover incorporated in the twin rear buttresses when it is down. With the roof raised, the area beneath the tonneau cover can be used as additional luggage space.

The 650S Coupé and 650 Spider models are fitted with a high level of luxury equipment as standard like Carbon ceramic brakes sit behind unique ‘650’ lightweight alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres, IRIS satellite navigation with Bluetooth telephony, DAB digital radio in Europe (SIRIUS satellite radio in North America), wireless tethering, audio streaming and voice control are all fitted as standard, and the cabin is fully trimmed in Alcantara.