Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

No noticeable performance penalty

Usually chopping the roof off a car requires additional bracing. The usual expectation is you get a drop top version that is both heavier and less precise than the coupe.

Not so in the 650S Spider, largely thanks to its carbonfibre tub construction, which means no extra body strengthening was required. As such it weighs just 40kg more, mostly due to the roof mechanism itself.

You can put the two-piece top up or down in about 17 seconds and up to speeds of 19mph, and it’s best to leave it down to make the most of the dramatic engine sound.

Read our full review to find out whether this McLaren 650S Spider deserves your attention.