McLaren has lifted the lid on its new 212mph 720S Spider.

A drop-top version of the 720S Coupe, the Spider matches the hardtop’s performance figures. It’s capable of hitting 60mph in just 2.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 212mph with the roof raised, or 202mph with it lowered.

Drive comes courtesy of a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 710bhp and 770Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed gearbox.

It incorporates a new carbon fibre roof system, which can be raised or lowered in 11 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.

The McLaren 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine generates a scintillating 720PS and 770Nm. The ultra-lightweight Monocage II-S sets the stage for best-in-class acceleration – unlocking 0-200km/h (0-124mph) in just 7.9 seconds.

Though it weighs 49kg more than the Coupe version, the 720S Spider manages to tip the scales at 1332kg dry – 88kg lighter than the Ferrari 488 Spider, its closest rival. This is thanks to the heavy utilisation of carbon fibre in its construction.

All-new 10-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheels have been developed for the Spider, too; they’re wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres as standard, though a stickier track-focused P Zero Corsa tyre can be specified instead at no extra cost.

Prices for the new 720S Spider start from £237,000, and first customer deliveries are expected to commence in March this year.