Mega Gallery: New McLaren 570S Spider is Droptop Perfection


McLaren has released a new photo gallery of its 570S Spider droptop for you to gawk at.

As the photos were shot on location in Spain, the convertible supercar looks stunning right in its element. The British automaker is celebrating the official launch of the 570S Spider with three new colors: Curacao Blue, Sicilian Yellow, and Vega Blue, all of which are in the gallery above.

The mid-engine 570S Spider is powered by a twin-turbo V8 that outputs 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, sending power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. 

The droptop version is only 101 pounds heavier than the coupe and can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2 seconds on to a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h).

Each of these cars actually sits at the opposite end of their brand spectrum, the R8 a halo sports car that actually shares more with Lamborghini than any other Audi, while the 570S is the “entry-level” McLaren (although McLaren also offers a 540C in Canada as well), a company we know more for its Formula 1 racing program and legendary F1 road car. No question that one of the primary reasons to pick either the McLaren or the R8 over the default-choice 911 is looks. 

The 911, as much as we love it, and as close as it is in performance and price in Turbo S trim, is a bit boring and commonplace compared to these two.

The McLaren is more natural, in Ventura Orange looking like sand dunes at sunset that got sprayed with strips of carbon fibre, while the R8 looks like it might transform into a samurai wielding robot at any moment, the sharp creases and cuts looking like they might slice a limb off any grubby children that stray too close to its air intakes with their melted ice cream and sticky lollipop fingers.

The R8 might suit my aesthetic tastes a bit better, but the 570S design is just spectacular and the scissor doors put it over the top and trump pretty much anything the Audi does, even its dynamic tail lights and general LED-strip lighting artistry. Its swoopy lines and scissor doors will draw oohs and aahs and curious questions from children and teenagers and pretty much anybody, so you better like talking to complete strangers… a lot – think of them as your adoring fans.