Road Warrior: The McLaren 570S Spider

A in depth look at McLaren's dream car. It's tough and spartan, a badass vehicle. But does it live up to the price tag?

If you've spent years dreaming about the low rumble of American muscle, or have always wanted to do laps at the Monaco Grand Prix, you're going to both love and hate the McLaren 570S Spider.

The kind of sleek beast James Bond would drive to race a sexy, mysterious stranger on winding Italian roads, the Spider is what dreams are made of. Owning a McLaren is the height of automotive envy, and there's nobody who doesn't want to be behind the wheel of this testosterone-driven fantasy machine. Beautiful lines with a tough, no-nonsense snarl, the Spider is that dream car you've always hoped to own one day.

This is the kind of smart car that also champions subtlety to keep its lines clean and crisp. It's a drop top where the spoiler even changes position to continue the sleek lines of the car. This is a real head-turner, the type of vehicle where people lower their sunglasses in slow motion as you're passing by! Those who have driven the Spider say that you're usually the centre of attention while driving it.

The Spider has an extra 46 kilos on its counterpart, but still outperforms just about everything else on the road. 320 kmh and going from 0-100 in a teeth-clenching 3.2 seconds. The car handles so perfectly that you'll have a whole new understanding of the laws of physics after just one test drive. Unfortunately, the noise of the wind at the top end can be distracting, but that only matters if you're driving with the top down. Otherwise, this car is every gearhead's dream come true.

Despite its high-end price tag, the Spider is no cushy resort of a car. It's tough and spartan, a badass vehicle that takes no prisoners. If you're looking for comfort and coddling, look elsewhere. This is a car that makes no excuses and expects its driver to do the same. Regardless, the journey is more enjoyable than expected, and the roar of the engines will impress others while allowing you to keep your hearing.

The car has several unique features, too many to go into detail here. However, the frunk - or front-trunk - is one such aspect, and is more spacious than you would expect in a sports car. There's also a built-in hydraulic lift system that helps navigate those pesky speed bumps and other detritus of the road. The Spider drives like a dream due to easy handling from the rigid chassis layout, and even at high speeds, the car's stability and accuracy are jaw-dropping. A machine like this one is the reason we fell in love with the automobile all those years ago.

The 2018 McLaren 570S Spider has a 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8 and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, although there are rocker-shift paddles located on the steering wheel if you want the experience of driving manual. It will probably retail in Australia for around $450,000, meaning that it's going to be a car that's unfortunately pie-in-the-sky for most of us earthly beings.

There's something to be said of dreams though. Imagining pulling up to the Cannes Film Festival in one of these beauties after cruising the Cote d'Azur, or just cruising through the streets of Melbourne on a Sunday afternoon. This makes you think of all the attention that a vehicle like the Spider is bound to attract. It's a perfect car for a warm, sunny day along the coast, to go on a drive with that special someone - or meet that special someone. If you can afford the price tag, the Spider is worth it for the love of driving alone.

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