McLaren 720S Spider arrives in Malaysia: limited to just 3 units, priced from RM1.22 mil before duties and taxes

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McLaren Kuala Lumpur have just revealed the McLaren 720S Spider in Malaysia, earlier today. The new 720S Spider is said to deliver the exhilaration of open-air driving and levels of practical daily-driving usability, rarely seen from a supercar class convertible. The 720S Spider will complement the existing range of McLaren sportscars and supercars in Malaysia, which includes the 570S Coupé, 570S Spider, 600LT Coupé, 600LT Spider and 720S Coupé.

“McLaren 720S introduces the second-generation Super Series which is the supercar product family at the heart of the McLaren brand. The McLaren 720S Spider is a stunning new interpretation of McLaren design language and dedicated to aerodynamic principles, personifying the brand’s extreme performance DNA. It offers an unparalleled blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury, driver involvement and daily usability.” Rob Pritchard, Head of McLaren Automotive Asia Pacific said.

“We are confident that the McLaren 720S Spider will appeal to those who demand extreme performance, crafted luxury, driver involvement and daily usability – all with the additional exhilaration of open-air driving whenever required. The 720S Spider, with its ability to open its top in 11 seconds even at speeds of up to 50km/h, is sure to make the thrill of open top driving in Malaysia a truly pleasurable experience.”

“As the most accomplished convertible supercar ever, the new Spider delivers across a remarkable spectrum of abilities to outstandingly high levels, and as lightest in class with an increase of just 49kg over the 720S Coupé, moves us even further ahead of our competition in the weight race”, said Roland Chan, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Kuala Lumpur.

Power comes from the MT840T mill which is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, the same as used in the 720S Coupé. This engine produces a mega 720 PS and 770 Nm, giving a century sprint of 2.9 seconds and a 0-200 km/h time of just 7.9 seconds, towards a vmax of a dizzying 325 km/h, should you want to risk the loss of hair follicles on your scalp. Have the roof up however, and the top speed extends to 341 km/h.

Typical of all McLarens, the 720S Spider has a carbonfibre structure at its core, in this case designated as Monocage II-S. This is a development from the Coupé but with a new central ‘spine’ which runs from front to rear of the cabin, improving upon strength and rigidity, yet maintaining the light weight mantra. What this means is, that even with the roof folded down, the 720S Spider manages to maintain its structural rigidity without the need for additional strengthening, even while maintaining the slim A-pillars from the Coupé.

To provide enhanced rollover protection for occupants, fixed carbon fibre structural supports are integrated into the rear of the Monocage II-S, additionally providing the main anchor points for the roof system and the seatbelts.  In the first-generation Super Series, steel supports featured and the switch to carbon fibre has contributed to the Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) in the 720S Spider being 6.8 kg lighter than in the 650S.

Overall, the new 720S Spider is just 49 kg – or less than 4% – heavier than the 720S Coupé; which is a pretty incredible feat. The increased weight is primarily associated with the Retractable Hard Top (RHT) and tonneau system. With a lightest dry weight of 1,332 kg the 720S Spider is comfortably the lightest car in its class. The low weight is the foundation for the dynamic, performance and efficiency benefits that McLaren is so adept at exploiting for the greater enjoyment of its customers.

The RHT in the 720S Spider is a completely new design, with a one-piece carbonfibre roof as standard. Optional is a carbonfibre framed, glazed RHT option which allows more light into cabin. The RHT system is electronically driven and is the fastest operating convertible roof in the supercar class. It can be lowered or raised in just 11 seconds, at up to speeds of 50 km/h — an improvement over the 650S Spider’s 17 seconds and 35 km/h limitation.

The new 720S Spider is available in the same three specifications as the Coupé, with Performance and Luxury trims extending above the standard model. Two new exterior colours – Belize Blue and Aztec Gold – have been introduced for the new Spider among a palette of 23, one of which is Supernova Silver, a Heritage colour that was first available on the McLaren 12C. The 720S Spider you see in our pictures is decked in a gorgeous shade of Memphis Red.

Which brings us squarely to the new car’s price. The McLaren 720S Spider is now available to order, priced at RM1,218,000 (before duties and options), and limited to just three discerning owners.

McLaren 720S Spider — RM1,218,000 (before options, duties, taxes)
– 4.0 twin-turbocharged V8
– 720 PS
– 770 Nm
– 7-speed dual-clutch
– 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds
– Vmax 341 km/h (325 km/h with roof down)

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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