McLaren has introduced in Geneva today the 650S Spider which is being showcased alongside its fixed roof sibling.

McLaren has introduced in Geneva today the 650S Spider which is being showcased alongside its fixed roof sibling.

Designed for those who want a more hardcore 12C Spider, the 204 mph convertible comes with an uprated twin-turbo V8 3.8-liter engine delivering 650 HP (478 kW) and 678 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque. Just like the coupe, it needs 3 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) while the 0-124 mph (200 km/h) run is accomplished in 8.6 seconds, making it 0.2s slower than the 650S.

Weight has increased by only 40 kg (88 lbs) which means the McLaren 650S Spider has a dry weight of 1,370 kg (3,020 lbs). The difference in weight comes from the addition of a retractable hard top together with its roof mechanism. Operating the two-piece top can be done at speeds of up to 19 mph (30 km/h) and the automatic process takes less than 17 seconds.

Borrowed from the 12C is the heated glass rear window that works independently of the roof and when the top is down it will act as a wind deflector to diminish cabin buffeting. When the roof is up the rear window can be lowered in order to enjoy more engine noise.

The 650S Coupe kicks off at 195,250 GBP whereas the Spider is priced at 212,250 GBP, making both models about 20,000 GBP more expensive than the 12C versions. McLaren will start deliveries of the two 650S models later this spring.

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