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McLaren reveals 675LT Spider, new lightweight drop-top

December 6, 2015

Following the debut of the McLaren 675LT supercar earlier this year, the British company has now unveiled the drop-top Spider version.

McLaren 675LT Spider

The 675LT sits at the top of Super Series lineup, featuring plenty of lightweight components that overall help it shave 100kg over the regular 650S. In Spider form, dry weight is just 1270kg – 40kg heavier than the coupe.

In the engine compartment sits a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 churning out 497kW of power and 700Nm of torque (675PS). It’s connected up to seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with rear-wheel drive.

Out on the tarmac, the Spider can crack 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds (same as coupe), and 0-200km/h in 8.1 seconds (7.9 for coupe). The top speed is way out at 326km/h, inspired by GT racing and the Longtail (LT) heritage.

Like the coupe, the Spider uses a very unique suspension and chassis setup to ensure it offers prime track performance. The track is 20mm wider than in the 650S on which it is based, while the spring rates are 27 per cent stiffer at the front and 63 per cent stiffer at the rear. Downforce is also 40 per cent higher than in the 650S Spider.

Also helping with handling are a set of 19-inch front and 20-inch rear ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels. These are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres, which were developed specially for the 675LT by Pirelli.

McLaren 675LT Spider-rear

For the interior McLaren has dressed most of the furniture in Alcantara with lots of naked carbon fibre around the place. The seats are made from carbon, saving 15kg. Air-conditioning is optional but it does add 16kg to the car’s weight. A four-speaker Meridian sound system is standard.

Just 500 examples of the 675LT Spider are going to be made, with customer deliveries scheduled to commence midway through 2016. Australian prices will be revealed closer to its official launch.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.