A year and a half has passed since McLaren originally unveiled the 720S at the Geneva Motor Show, and the Super Series model is still being offered as a Coupe solely.
However, that could change in the near future, as beyond the usual speculations, a set of alleged patent images reveal the design of what could be the Spider derivative. Brought forward by AutoVisie, the sketches show the supercar’s design in full.
Now, if they’re indeed the real thing, then the McLaren 720S Spider will benefit from a hardtop foldable roof, and probably a few visual changes here and there to differentiate it a bit more from the fixed-rood variant.
Reinforcing the body of the car to help it cope with the chopped roof will likely add a few kg to the 1,283 kg (2,829 lbs) dry weight of the McLaren 720S Coupe. Nonetheless, the difference between the two should be almost insignificant, as a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine will power the Spider as well, making an identical 720 PS (710 hp / 530 kW) and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque.
Naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) is expected to take either 2.9 or 3.0 seconds, and top speed will probably drop a bit from the Coupe’s 341 km/h (212 mph).
Some say that McLaren might raise the curtain for the 720S Spider next year, probably at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but we’ll just have to wait and see if this is indeed true.