What could be better than McLaren’s fast and focussed 675LT coupe? According to the British supercar firm’s customers, it's adding wind in the hair.
As a result of customer demand, McLaren will offer its very limited 496kW and 700Nm ‘longtail’, previously available only as a coupe, with a folding hard top. But the open-air version will be capped (like the coupe) at just 500 units worldwide.
Like the coupe before it, the Spider sheds 100kg compared to McLaren’s 650S Spider thanks to the use of carbon fibre body panels, powertrain weight savings, and lighter glazing.
The Spider weighs just 40kg more than the 675LT coupe, with no additional bracing to the carbon fibre monocell required, despite removing the roof.
The 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 has been comprehensively upgraded (compared to the 650S) with 50 percent new components including more efficient turbos, changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, a new camshaft, lightweight conrods, and a high-flow fuel pump.
As a result the 675LT Spider is able to dash from 0-100 km/h in a face-melting 2.9 seconds, matching the coupe, and on to 200 km/h in 8.1 seconds - just 0.2 seconds behind the fixed-roof version.
Torque delivery is limited to ‘only’ 600Nm in first gear to minimise wheel spin.
The 675LT also features adjustable ProActive Chassis Control, with dampers adjustable through Normal, Sport and Track modes.
With the new car, McLaren has introduced a new 'Solis' paint option (pictured), as well as a set of optional 20-spoke Super-Lightweight alloy wheels finished in either liquid metal, or diamond cut finishes. Inside Xenon yellow contrast stitching rounds out the Spider’s exclusive finishes.
Despite its dedicated weight savings and more powerful engine, the 675LT Spider will not be available with the coupe’s Club Sport Pack, which comprises a titanium toll hoop, four-point harnesses and fire extinguisher.
Deliveries of the 675LT are set to begin around the middle of 2016, and, although pricing is yet to be announced, if the success of the $657,000 coupe is anything to go buy, you’ll need to get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out.