It certainly took a while, but here it is. The McLaren 570S Spider finally makes its official debut, and is now the third bodystyle in the company’s Sports Series line-up, after the Coupe and GT.

To provide drivers with the “added exhilaration of open-air driving,” McLaren adapted the retractable hardtop tech used in its Super Series models – the Spider versions of the 650S and 675LT. Therefore, the two-piece, lightweight composite roof takes just 15 seconds to open or close, and at speeds of up to 40 km/h.

Additionally, to ensure the wind doesn’t completely ruin your hairdo, the Macca comes with an electrically operated, glazed wind deflector. Keen-eyed observers will notice the Spider’s extended rear spoiler is 12 mm taller than on the Coupe’s – a necessity to offset the aerodynamic changes in body shape.

McLaren says the 570S Spider’s structural rigidity is unchanged from the 570S Coupe, as are the bits under the hood. Power continues to come from a M838TE 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 with 570 PS and 600 Nm, mated to a seven-speed seamless-shift gearbox (SSG) that sends drive to the rear wheels.

Performance wise, the convertible will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, and on to a top speed of 328 km/h. Both are identical to the 570S Coupe, despite the Spider’s 46 kg weight increase from its fixed-roof sibling. With the roof down, the 570S Spider’s top speed is limited to 315 km/h.

As with other McLaren models, there are plenty of customisation options available to the buyer. To celebrate the Spider’s introduction, three new exterior body colours – Curacao Blue, Vega Blue and Sicilian Yellow – have been added to the existing Sports Series palette, bringing the total to 20.

A new 10-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheel design (19-inch front, 20-inch rear) has been crafted as an option for the new 570S Spider. If that isn’t enough, there’s also a new brake caliper colour -Liquid Black. Similar to the new 720S, McLaren will built the first 400 Spiders as “launch edition models.”