570S Spider gets five optional make-overs

570S Spider gets five optional make-overs


MADAM Wheels is gearing up to road test McLaren Automotive’s Sports Series line-up and has been devouring any new detail that is released about them. Not that I want to take away all the fun of discovery but the anticipation leading up to such drives can be quite the distraction.

‘I know there are more than a few ladies out there who, like myself, pine for a McLaren in their garage.’

So when details landed about new Design Edition colour-way and finishing options for the new mid-engined, two-seat convertible 570S Spider, it seemed only fair to share them. After all, I know there are more than a few ladies out there who, like myself, pine for a McLaren in their garage. If this is your first foray into serious sports automotive capabilities, McLaren’s Sports Series is considered the entry-level of its offerings. The British technology company also has a Sports Series (comprising the McLaren 720 S at the moment) and an Ultimate Series (which, as well as the McLaren P1 cars, includes the recently launched McLaren Senna).

But there’s nothing “base model” about the Sports Series cars. I know, because I’ve driven a few of them and did exactly this drive with McLaren two years ago in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. The experience of flashing past oversized tree ferns from practically moss-level has never left me. This year’s drive will take place in Sydney, hopefully on a track where the McLaren 570GT, 540C And 570S Spider can be tested to best effect.

Anyway, back to the new trims, materials and shades for what McLaren’s marketing team has dubbed “the convertible without compromise”. Each Edition combination for the 570S Spider has apparently been curated by the McLaren Automotive designers who worked on creating the car’s sculpted teardrop body.

“There is a virtually limitless number of different personalisation opportunities for the McLaren 570S Spider and who better to begin the process than the people who designed it?” says McLaren Automotive design director Rob Melville. 

McLaren offered Design Editions with its 570S Coupe and 570GT, too, claiming it was cheaper to buy their suggested combinations over specifying the options separately. Further personalisation can be built on with carbon-fibre interior upgrades or exterior components. 

‘The car seen here is in Design Edition 4, featuring an Onyx Black exterior with stealth-finished 10-spoke forged alloy wheels decorated with McLaren Orange brake calipers.’

Each of the five Design Editions start with a body paint – Silica White, Storm Grey, Vermillion Red, Onyx Black or Vega Blue – which is matched to an interior combination from the By McLaren Designer range. There are four sporty Editions and one more luxurious. Wheel finishes, brake caliper colours and the retractable two-piece hard-top tones are also all blended to give the most visually balanced effect.

McLaren was not able to provide price details for the Design Edition upgrades before publication.

The car seen here is in Design Edition 4, featuring an Onyx Black exterior with stealth-finished 10-spoke forged alloy wheels decorated with McLaren Orange brake calipers. Inside, Carbon Black Alcantara and McLaren Orange nappa leather are used on McLaren Orange perforated nappa leather seats with contrasting stitching. The steering wheel is colour co-ordinated, too, of course. As a fan of orange, I love the look of this car but not everyone shares the same sensibilities, and that has to be kept in mind if the prospect of resale is important to you. 

Meanwhile, standby for a run down of the Sports Series vehicles after the scheduled May 9 road test. It’s bound to be a ripper.