New Convertible Supercars revealed! {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

14 Jun 2017

We love a convertible here at BOTB and just as we start to get some stunning sunny weather Audi and McLaren have both revealed new drop-top supercars. Tim Oldland takes a look at the them...

McLaren 570S Spider (Note: Spider with an ‘i’)

We here at BOTB think the 570S is pretty much the best supercar you can buy at the moment. When you consider the incredible handling, the stylish looks, the ridiculous performance and the value it represents it ticks pretty much every box apart from one – which has now been answered. The 570S Spider adds a folding hard top roof like we have seen on the 650S Spider and allows you to have all of the greatness above with the added bonus of easier aural access to the twin turbo V8 and the ability to get a tan while driving. There shouldn’t be any difference in the handling either as the 570S Spider still has the same carbon tub as the coupe and when 650S became 650S Spider it lost zero rigidity so we have our hopes up. Power comes from the familiar twin turbo 3.8 litre V8 producing 562bhp and 443lb/ft of torque, while the folding roof adds just 46kg to the weight meaning performance is identical to the coupe at 3.2 seconds to 62mph and a 205mph top speed. It comes in at just under £20k more than the coupe at £164,750 which is £30k less than the similarly fast Huracan Spyder. I should be getting behind the wheel of one later this summer, so keep an eye out!

Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder (Note: Spyder with an ‘y’)

Previously you could only order your R8 Spyder with the ‘base’ 533bhp 5.2 litre V10, but now Audi has given the drop-top R8 a shot in the arm with the V10 Plus Spyder, which means there’s the full-fat 601bhp version of the engine also seen in the Lamborghini Huracan. Visually the Spyder only gets one change to mark it out as the more powerful model – a discreet carbon lip spoiler at the rear. The Plus coupe has a carbon raised spoiler, but that was deemed too ungainly for the convertible version. We’re led to believe it may still be an option though if desired. Performance from the Plus Spyder is as extreme as you would expect, with 0-62mph taking just 3.3 seconds on the way to a 203mph top speed and you can expect a wonderful noise from that V10 engine with the roof down. The normal R8 Spyder costs around £15,000 more than the coupe, so we should expect the R8 V10 Plus Spyder to cost around £150,000 which makes it sound like quite a bargain when compared to the 570S Spider above, especially as it comes with a lot of standard carbon parts.

Here are some more shots of both cars: