DESIGN Though visually an evolution of the 720S, some 30% of the 750S Spider’s components are new. Changes include a new front bumper and splitter, narrower eye socket intakes, new rear wheel-arch vents, revised rear bumper, a rear wing that’s 20 per cent larger and new service compartment below the rear screen. Inside, McLaren stays true to their principles of leaving the steering wheel unadorned with fiddly buttons or controls; there’s also a new column-mounted instrument display with rockers each side for powertrain and handling modes. You can choose between full Nappa leather or a Nappa/Alcantara combination for the lightweight carbon fibre-shelled seats. The Spider’s retractable hardtop takes just 11 seconds to open or close, and the weight gain over the coupé is a mere 49kg.
PERFORMANCE The new 750S Spider is 30kg lighter and 30bhp more powerful than its predecessor, with more turbo boost and lightweight pistons accounting for the latter. The 4.0-litre flat-plane V8 now rockets the Spider from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and on to 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.3 seconds. Other marginal gains include more downforce, better aero balance, quicker steering rack, new springs and twin-valve dampers, a shorter final drive ratio and a new brake booster for better pedal feel.
TECHNOLOGY Both the 750S Spider and Coupé feature a new column-mounted instrument display flanked by rocker switches that allow you to flick between Comfort, Sport and Track Active Dynamic settings without taking hands off the wheel. The McLaren Control Launcher (MCL), lets you return to bespoke aero, handling, powertrain and transmission settings at the push of a button, handy for track days or favourite roads. Apple Car play is standard, and a Bowers and Wilkins premium audio system is on the options list.
SAFETY Active safety is enhanced by the Spider’s excellent all-round visibility, reassuringly powerful brakes (ceramic discs and monobloc callipers are optional) and its immensely strong carbon fibre body structure. The rear view and surround view camera system have been upgraded for higher definition and clarity. A vehicle-lift system raises the front to protect the front splitter and underside on uneven terrain.