2020 McLaren 720S Spider: One spectacular machine

Much of that instant confidence, which seems to come standard on modern McLarens, stems from the steering: This top-shelf electro-hydraulic setup (which uses an electric pump to drive the hydraulic-assist power steering) feels so natural, there’s never any doubt that the car is going to go precisely where you are going to put it no matter the speed. Feedback through the wheel — an elegant thing with no superfluous buttons whatsoever — is also very good.
This connection goes a long way towards putting me at ease when driving an unfamiliar car, especially when it’s a six-figure high-test exotic that feels a mile wide when you first slide behind the wheel and into its low, low seats.
Brakes are a little trickier; the pedal is consistently stiff throughout its range of motion. This is another McLaren thing, done to enable (I’m told) more precise brake modulation under aggressive driving. It takes some getting used to when tooling around suburbia. It’s a good reason to spend more time in McLarens, to keep that level of familiarity up.
Of course, everything above could also be said about the 720S coupe. The 720S Spider adds a convertible hardtop that retracts quickly enough change things up at a traffic light, assuming you don’t mind the extra attention. As Lingeman observed in the first drive for the model, aside from a roughly 100-pound weight gain and a price premium, you really lose nothing by opting for the convertible version of the car.