2021 Mclaren 720s Spider

MSRP $315,000 - $327,130

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2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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McLaren as a brand works differently, it uses intelligent engineering in their cars which makes them enticing in their design and helps deliver intoxicating performance, and the 720S is a perfect example of the brand’s ideologies. With a monocoque carbon-fiber chassis and a twin-turbo V8 engine, the 720S justifies the $300,000 price tag that it carries. 

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Pros

Powerful V8 engine

Simple interior design

Striking exterior looks

Exciting drift mode

Balanced suspension

Cons

Sub-par infotainment system

Less number of driver aids

Expensive to maintain

What's New?

Carries forward unchanged


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$315000

bodystyle

2dr Spider

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

transmission

7 speed auto shift Manual

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

178.9 in.

width

85.1 in.

height

47 in.

curb weight

3236 lbs.

ground clearance

4.2 in.

capacity

cargo volume

7.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

10.1 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

1 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$315,000 onwards

  • Adaptive dampers
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Folding driver info display
  • Folding hard-top

Luxury$327,130 onwards

  • Ambient lighting
  • Dark Palladium exterior trim
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Heated seats

Performance$327,130 onwards

  • Carbon fiber exterior trim
  • Nappa and Alcantara upholstery

Colors and Styles

2021 Mclaren 720s Spider in Abyss color
Abyss

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.9

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.6

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.7

Overall Rating


But for added exhilaration and excitement, Mclaren offers the 720S with a retractable hardtop roof known as the 720S Spider. Available in the similar three trim levels as the outgoing model, the convertible variant is mechanically similar to its coupe counterpart. It also boasts of quick acceleration timings, an ergonomic interior design, and with a beautiful yet outlandish design to its name, the Mclaren 720S Spider pronounces itself as a worthy contender to the likes of the Ferrari 812 GTS, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster, and the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible.


9.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.6/10
Final Verdict


2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Features

The Mclaren 720S Spider comes in three trims, and based on what trim you choose, you get additional features, and use of more premium materials, the starting price of the McLaren 720S Spider is $318,000 and for the price you get a car that is engineered to perfection, along with this you get a few tech and features to play with but the majority of the cost is spent on the expensive materials used to build the like, the biggest being the monocoque carbon-fiber lightweight chassis. The other two trims are Luxury which is priced at $330,000 and the Performance which also has the same price, so basically you get a choice of more comfort or speed in form of the available trims. 

Trim

Spider

Luxury Spider

PerformanceSpider 

MSRP(RWD)

$318,000

$330,000

$330,000

Key Features

7-inch Diagonal touchscreen display

Add to /Replaces the features of Base trim: Ambient interior lighting

Add to /Replaces the features of Luxury trim: Carbon fiber exterior accents

 

Rear Window defroster with timer

Heated Sport seats

Alcantara upholstery

 

Alcantara & Nappa leather interior

Firmer suspension tuning

Engine bay ambient lighting

 

Four speakers

More color options for exterior trim

Ambient interior lighting

 

ABS Driveline and traction control

Power adjustable seats

Infinity Sound system

   

Luxurious leather seat trim

Dual-zone climate control

     

Cruise Control

We Recommend 

The Base trim is more of a bare-bones supercar and comes with only the modern-day necessities. The higher-placed Performance trim, however, comes with all the features, while Luxury trim comes with a softer suspension setting for a better ride. We would recommend the Performance trim if you want to enjoy the car in all its glory, however, if you prefer comfort, there is always the Luxury trim that too for the same price.

2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The engine inside the 720S Spider is a 4.0-liter Twin-turbo V8 motor, that reeks of refinement and has abundant performance potential. Of course, it does not develop power figures or top speed that match the likes of cars like the Bugatti Chiron, but it sure does pack a punch and in the segment performs exceptionally well. The engine under the hood of the Mclaren churns out 710hp of power and 568lb.-ft of torque. As standard, all the power is transferred to the rear wheels of the vehicle and the convertible makes use of a smooth-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch with mounted paddle shifters. 

The new Mclaren 720S Spider jolts to 60 MPH in just 2.8 seconds, and it won’t stop there, 100 MPH would come up in 5.5 seconds, and it will cross the quarter-mile mark in 10.3-seconds and would rev on until it reaches a speed of 212 MPH which is its top speed. The car is not a drag machine, and extensive work hours have gone into developing the car to be a track monster. 

The two turbos ensure that the car never lacks power, the turbos spool up to provide power at all times even at the slightest touch of the pedal. The transmission is a masterpiece as well, it shifts between gears effortlessly, and the available shift pedals behind the steering have a notchy click which further keeps you connected with the car and help provide an even further fun driving experience.

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Spider

2021 Ferrari 812 GTS

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

MSRP

$315,000

$380,000

$334,700

$573,966

Engine

4.0-liter twin-turbo V8

6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12

5.2-liter Twin-turbo V12

6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

710 hp @ 7,250 RPM

789 hp @ 8,900 RPM

715 hp @ 6,500 RPM

759 hp @ 8,400 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

568 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM

718 lb-ft @ 7,000 RPM

664 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

530 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

2.8

2.8

3.8

2.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

10.3

10.5

N/A

N/A

Top-Speed (MPH)

212

211

211

217

The Aventador has the highest top speed, followed by the 720S, but the former’s big-budget price tag could be a hindrance for many buyers in the segment. On the other hand, the Ferrari 812 GTS has the most power and torque outputs of 789hp and 718lb.-ft, but still, most rivals have almost similar 0-60 times and it is the McLaren that even with its smaller engine manages to compete head-on with its competitors and impress the buyers, thanks to its lightweight body structure. 

How well does the 2021 McLaren 720S Spider handle?

Handling is another sector where the 720S excels. It knows what it is, meaning that when you take it out on the track, the hydroelectric steering wheel, combined with the extensive use of carbon fiber and ingenious active aerodynamics together helps it to feel like a razor-sharp machine on the track. The steering has accurate and quick responsiveness and unlike the feel we see in the cars of the day, it feels quite connected helping you to hit the apex and the grippy tires further induce confidence in the driver making track day even more exciting. 

McLaren has equipped the car with a system known as the Variable Drift Control, which lets you swing out the tail at times when you feel the need to have fun. The 720S, however, knows that it is not a track-only car, but a daily driver, and thanks to the adaptive dampers, the convertible remains surprisingly comfortable over the regular tarmac. Be it the track, or your neighborhood the 720S Spider will adapt to your surroundings and gladden you with its versatility.

2021 Mclaren 720S Spider Braking Performance

McLaren equips the 720S with standard carbon-ceramic brakes that help to keep the car in control at all times. It comes with 15.3-inch rotors up front, and 15-inch rotors at the back, all four brakes, are carbon-ceramic disc brakes, with standard ABS. Along with this, it has a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, and extensive use of carbon fiber on the exterior and interior which makes the car lighter, and a light car with brakes is a perfect recipe for extensive braking power. However, as quick and sharp as the throttle is, the brakes are slightly on the firmer side, this might be since the car is supposed to drive over roads, and track as well, for which the softer pedal feel gives a balanced drive. 

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Spider

2021 Ferrari 812 GTS

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.3

15.7

16.1

15.7

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

15

14.2

14.2

15

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,139

3,593

3,723

3,615

60-0 (feet)the 

93

99

103

94

In comparison with the competitors, Mclaren manages to spearhead the segment in this aspect, coming to a halt at 93ft. It is closely followed by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster, that despite a heavier curb weight takes only an additional foot to come to a standstill, thanks to its larger brake rotors. On the other hand, the 2021 812 GTS and DBS Superleggera Convertible take slightly longer to come to a halt, with the latter lurking at the bottom of the table despite its largest brake rotors upfront of 16.2 inches. 

2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Fuel Economy

8.0/10

When you flush out $300,000 on a car, you are less likely to be worried about the mileage that it has to offer, and even if you are, we only have bad news for you as the brawny engine that sits under the hood of the new 720S Spider is a guzzler in the truest sense. The available estimates from EPA for the MPG figures of the car for city/highway/combined cycles stand at 15/22/18 MPG. It comes with a 19.0-gallon fuel tank that allows for an overall range of 342 miles in combined driving conditions, but it is a sports car, so these figures depend on how much you can resist yourself from pushing hard on the throttle. 

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Spider

2021 Ferrari 812 GTS

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

MPG (City)

15

12

14

8

MPG (Highway)

22

16

22

14

MPG (Combined)

18

13

17

10

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.0

24.3

20.5

22.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

285/418/342

291/388/315

287/451/348

202/337/247

Despite its less frugal figures, the Mclaren 720S Spider continues to lead the segment. It gets the best efficiency and its sizable tank allows for class-leading. However, the Aston Martin remains only a notch behind, with a big fuel tank that offers an almost equal range. The Ferrari 812 GTS and Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster perform rather underwhelmingly in comparison, averaging combined mileages of 13 and 10 MPG. But, the former does benefit from the largest tank that can hold around 24.3-gallons of fuel.

2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Interior

9.9/10

On the inside, while the 2021 Mclaren 720S Spider bears an impressive fascia, it’s rather simple and minimalistic. Most of the functions are left to be controlled by the center console and the steering wheel is left only to perform a single purpose that being to control the car. The buttons are angled towards the driver to resonate with an ergonomic aura and the center console floats from the center tunnel up towards the 7-inch screen. Being a supercar, it is supposed to be impractical, and that can be seen when getting in and out of the 720S as it is not an easy task, but despite having seating for 2 the seats are still quite comfortable and two average-sized adults can sit in the and drive along for hours without complaint. Visibility all around is good, in supercar terms, but you still have to be a bit careful. Controls inside the cars are easy to reach, and the steering and seats come with manual adjustments in all but the base trim. 

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Spider

2021 Ferrari 812 GTS

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Seating Capacity

2

2

4

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

5.29

18

9

5.0

While all the cars offer seating for two people, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera offers seating for up to four, but the extra rear seats are not easy to occupy or be seated in. While the rear seat might seem suitable for kids, we would recommend using them as additional cargo space. While interior dimensions are not yet known, the Ferrari 812 GTS emerges out as the most practical option in the segment, credits to its sizable 18 cu.-ft trunk that can hold luggage better than all the competitors. 

A few noticeable interior features include :

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Revolving driver information display
  • Soft-close doors
  • Ambient interior lighting.

 What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system inside the 720S is a vertically-placed 7-inch touchscreen display that uses smartphone-like inputs and is easy to get the hang of. There is nothing special about this system, and even though it is easy to get used to, for a new user it still would take a while due to its layout. On-board storage for music is available along with a few more features, but smartphone integration in the form of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is absent. Music inside the cabin comes through a four-speaker sound system, but a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system. A few other feature highlights of the infotainment system include :

  • USB audio ports
  • SiriusXM Satellite radio
  • Auxiliary port
  • 4G LTE Wifi hotspot
  • Navigation
  • Voice controls

2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Exterior

9.9/10

The looks of the 720S are in simple words, otherworldly. It has an almost bug-like appearance, which feels like it is more of an alien-spaceship and less of a road-going supercar, add to that the availability of an open-top, and you have the best-looking convertible on hand. It has sharp creases, smooth edges, and the hood comes with angular vents. The LED headlights have a touch of mascara around their borders and look rather imposing with the large raked vent that is available upfront. 

A massive vent can be seen at the rear which runs along the width of the car and hides the taillight in a very subtle manner. There is also a deployable active rear spoiler and the dual-exhaust tips are also integrated with the rear vent as well and a huge rear diffuser lies below. The 2021 Mclaren 720S Spider sits on two different sets of wheels. While the front wheels are sized 19-inches, at the rear these measure 20 inches. This bestows a handsome profile for the convertible, making it more appealing than its competitors.

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Spider

2021 Ferrari 812 GTS

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Curb Weight (lb)

3,128

3,593

3,732

3,615

Length (inches)

178.9

183.3

185.5

194.6

Width (inches)

76.0

77.6

77.5

82.5

Height (inches)

47.1

50.2

50.4

44.72

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.2

4.3

4.7

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

107.1

110.4

106.3

McLaren is the lightest car and is also the slimmest thanks to the carbon-fiber monocoque and an intelligent design with active aerodynamics. It is the most compact option in terms of dimensions, which aids its handling capabilities, and a low ground clearance of 4.2 inches ensures a planted and stable ride quality. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible is not so Superleggera as it is the heaviest car among the competitors. But it does get the longest wheelbase of 110.4 inches, despite the Lamborghini being the longest convertible available in the segment. 

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Heated-power folding mirrors
  • Active rear spoiler
  • Active aerodynamics
  • Auto leveling LED lights
  • Vehicle lifting system

2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Safety

8.0/10

Expensive vehicles are not subjected to the tests conducted by pioneering safety institutions like IIHS and NHTSA, however, a carbon-fiber chassis adds to the safety and strength of the overall structure of the car. For a price of $300,000 the list of safety features, remains standard, as the available features fulfill the need of the driver and keep the weight of the car under control as a lot of features add weight to the car, and McLaren keeps its distance with those, as they ensure the safety of the driver and passenger fully with the available features. Along with standard features like ABS, traction control, airbags, stability control the 720S comes with features like :

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill-start assist system
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Anti-roll stability control
  • 360-degree park assist.

2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Competition

8.0/10

2021 McLaren 720S Spider vs Ferrari 812 GTS

While the engine inside the 812 Superfast GTS has more power on paper than the 720S, both convertibles have almost identical 0-60 times and top speeds. However, what gives the Ferrari an edge over the 720S is the more practicality that is offered by the bigger trunk in the 812 Superfast. Additionally, it also gets an edge in terms of its improved infotainment and a long list of standard driver-assistance aids, and though it is slightly expensive, the Ferrari would be an undisputed choice for us, if the budget was no constraint. 

2021 McLaren 720S Spider vs Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Convertible and Mclaren 720S Spider vaunt engaging driving dynamics. Both cars have been curated to serve their purpose on the tracks while being refined performers that can be driven daily. They fall in a similar price range, however, by being quicker, more handsome, and fuel-efficient, the Mclaren emerges victorious in this comparison. 

2021 McLaren 720S Spider vs Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster carries a jaw-dropping premium over the Mclaren when it comes to price. So, with a smaller engine, a comparatively affordable price tag, and better fuel economy, the 720S seems like a better choice. But the raging bull reeks of refinement and exclusivity and being one of the last V12 engines from the brand, we’d recommend shelling out the extra amount to get your hands on a timeless piece of machinery. 

2021 Mclaren 720s Spider Final Verdict

8.6/10

For the $300,000 that you spend on the 720S Spider what you get is an engineering perfection. The 720S has an elegant interior, a powerful engine, and driving characteristics that perform well according to the driving conditions the open top is just a cherry on top offering that makes the driving experience even more enjoyable thanks to the added open-air experience. It works like a monster on the track and would not leave you tired and grumpy even after a long drive along the countryside. So for the price, it is one of the best choices in the segment and the one we seriously recommend. 

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