The perfect car for the geniuses and the millionaires: The McLaren 720S Spider combines brutal on-off with the possibility of relaxed convertible tours.
Another racer again! The sheriff on the highway in Arizona is not amused – rather angry. It puts a ticket for "Speeding", this time even as a "criminal act". That will be expensive!
But no wonder: The cars in which he and some other test drivers of media from all over the world, the Gasfu sits so loose, there are vehicles of the type McLaren 720S Spider. You can hardly resist the temptation to push the right pedal to the stop. Then the open two-seater, fired by 720 hp, leaps forward with such force that you can hardly believe it. The stomach nerves rebel, the co-driver cramps, the driver cheers – until he sees the sheriff.
USA, the land of unlimited breadth and limited pace. There is a good reason why the British automaker is providing two new models to the press for their first test drives in particular: the New World is its most important sales market; American well-heeled car fans particularly appreciate the exotic racers with Formula 1 flair as an alternative to Porsche and Ferrari.
Fast straight driving is far from the only strength of English sports cars. Extremely stable brakes, a stiff monocoque chassis, a precise steering and a tight, but also long-distance suitable suspension are basically their strengths.
The new 720S Spider ranks in McLaren's model hierarchy in the "Super Series". This is the middle tier, below the "Ultimate Series" of extreme racer la Senna; and above, well, starter models of the "Sport Series", which also includes the equally new McLaren 600LT Spider. The competitor of the 720S are, for example, the Porsche 911 above the Carrera series – for the open Spider that would be the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet.
The German and the British follow a very similar concept: They are very fast cars, but are also quite intended for cruising – which can work even better in a convertible than in a closed coup. Three patents are in the carbon roof that McLaren has redeveloped for the 720S; eight engines sink it in eleven seconds over the middle engine. This works until Tempo 50; So the 720S Spider belongs to those cabriolets that open after a summer rain shower while passing through a motorway parking lot.
When the roof has completely disappeared under the lid and the airstream whizzes in at a high tempo, or if one strolls calmly along the boulevard and enjoys warm summer air, then driving is pure. With windows and the rear window serving as WIndschott can regulate the air supply; Especially popular with drivers of the brand is the option to close the roof and open the rear window. Then you sit protected, but listen to the engine at work. Especially because the sound is not pimped artificially like many competitors, this is a special treat.
Unlike usual, the driver does not have to compromise on a closed coup if, for example, he leases himself for a few quick laps on the Nordschleife. Because all vehicles from the British Woking build on a monocoque chassis la Formula 1 racer – which holds its enormous rigidity even without a fixed roof. There is no need for any additional reinforcements; the curb weight remains well below one and a half tons. Of course, the roof kinematics weighs in addition; the 50 more kilograms compared to the normal coup are not really noticeable even when committed speeding.
Rather already the price: With 280,000 euros, the Spider is more than 30,000 euros more expensive than the version with a closed roof. Stylish extras like the retractable panoramic folding roof naturally add up to it. But who usually shops cars in this price range, who pays the possibly from the petty cash – and the speeding ticket Speeding later.
Marcus Efler / mid
Specifications McLaren 720S Spider:
Secondary, two-seat open sports car, carbon monocoque body, length / width with, without exterior mirror / height / wheelbase: 4,543 / 2,161.1.930 / 1,196 / 2,670 mm, curb weight: 1,468 kg, luggage capacity: front 150 l, 58 l behind, Tankinxx2 l, price: 280,000 euros.
Drive: V8 twin turbo, Displacement: 3.7×9 cc, Power: 522 kW / 710 hp at 7500 rpm, max. Torque: 770 Nm at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, 0 – 100 km / h: 2.9 seconds, top speed: 341 km / h, rear-wheel drive, standard fuel consumption: 12.2 l / 100 km, CO2 emission: 276 g / km, emission class: Euro 6d temp.
The item "Lawn and relax" was added on March 25, 2014 in the category Driving Report by Marcus Efler with the keywords Driving Report, Sports Car, Luxury, Test Report, Press Preview, Test, Report, Short Test, Presentation released.