Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not a clean-cut win for coolest car ever by McLaren. The new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is pretty amazing too. So is the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera (if Bond absolutely has to drive an Aston Martin, it should be this one). And this custom Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is one of the most beautiful cars you will ever see.
But coolest car? I have to go with the McLaren 720S Spider.
Why? Glad you asked.
First off, take a look at this GIF of the electrochromic glass that turns opaque at the touch of a button on the 720S Spider.
That… is awesome.
Here are some other good reasons…
• Light, stiff and extremely strong Monocage II-S carbon fibre core features integrated rollover protection structure (ROPS); needs no additional strengthening over Coupé, ensuring a convertible without compromise and guaranteeing exceptional dynamic agility
• Bespoke carbon fibre body structure and new Retractable Hard Top (RHT) support a lightest dry weight of 2,937lbs – lightest in class at just 108lbs more than the 720S Coupé and 194lbs less than the dry weight of its closest competitor
• Unparalleled visibility due to unique, glazed flying buttresses that also accentuate aerodynamic purity of design and increase downforce
• Patented new carbon fibre roof system is electrically actuated and delivers fastest-operating time in the supercar class, lowering or raising in 11 seconds at vehicle speeds of up to 31mph
• Retractable Hard Top is available glazed with an electrochromic glass panel that can rapidly switch between tinted and transparent states
• 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine produces 710 bhp and 568lb ft of torque, with a power-to-weight ratio for 720S Spider at lightest dry weight of 533 bhp/ton
• Acceleration from 0-60mph is same as 720S Coupé at 2.8 seconds; 0-124mph in 7.9 seconds; maximum speed with roof raised 212mph – roof lowered 202mph
• Active rear spoiler aerodynamics automatically tuned to closed- or open-roof driving
The best part? It might just be the price as they start at just $315,000, instead of the usual million–dollars-plus price tag we always see for new supercars.
Oh, and it’s also freaking gorgeous. Gimme.