McLaren 720S Spider review

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Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The 720S Spider is more expensive than rivals from Ferrari and Lamborghini, and will cost you more in depreciation.

This is unlikely, though, to put off the sort of fabulously wealthy people it’s aimed at, just as they’ll find it easy enough to afford the huge insurance, servicing and fuel bills.

Indeed, McLaren doesn’t even include option prices on its website configurator; as the old saying goes, 'If you have to ask, you can’t afford it'.

It is worth noting, however, that standard equipment is no more than you’d find in cars that cost far less; it includes climate control, leather and Alcantara upholstery and a touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity.

Unsurprisingly, we don’t have any reliability data for the 720S – or indeed any Mclaren – and the car hasn’t been tested by the safety experts at Euro NCAP. However, its ultra-stiff F1-style carbonfibre body should help it perform well in a crash.

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Overview

Like it’s coupé sister, the McLaren 720S is staggeringly fast and involving, yet perfectly usable every day. Unlike most convertibles, its handling doesn’t feel in any way compromised by the removal of the fixed roof.

  • Stunning handling and performance
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride
  • Sounds suitable epic
  • Hugely expensive
  • Distracting touchscreen
  • Bigger blindspots than the coupé

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