McLaren today announced a new limited-edition to their line-up: the 675LT Spider. McLaren says that a huge customer demand for the 675LT Coupé – which was sold-out even before the first deliveries commenced – initiated their decision to make a Spider variant. The 675LT Spider is only the second model to wear the LT badge which was re-introduced less than a year ago with the 675LT Coupé. The open-top variant will also be strictly limited to just 500 units. McLaren says that this is “the most focused, fastest and exhilarating open top model to ever wear a McLaren badge” as it shares the same ” light weight, enhanced aerodynamics, increased power and track-focused dynamics” that were the key to success of its Coupé variant.
The 675LT Spider will cost £285,450 and is the fifth model the British brand has introduced this year which expands their Super Series model range further. The power output and torque figures remain unchanged from its Coupé counterpart, with 675PS (666bhp) delivered at 7,100rpm and 700Nm (516lb ft) available between 5,000-6,500rpm. A heavily revised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 was specifically made for the 675LT Coupé which had 50 percent of the components replaced, including new and more efficient turbos, detail design changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system.
Acceleration from 0-100kmh (0-62mph) takes just 2.9 seconds, and reaching 200kmh (124mph) takes 8.1 seconds, which is just 0.2 seconds shy to the coupé and can keep on accelerating upto 326km/h (203mph). The 675LT Spider returns 24.2mpg on the EU combined cycle, while CO2 emissions remain at 275g/km – the same as the coupé. The three-piece retractable roof can be opened at speeds upto 30km/h (19mph). The 675LT Spider features the same chassis and aerodynamics upgrades (from the 650S) as its Coupé counterpart. The chassis has not been modified for more strength as it was already very rigid even without the roof which keeps the weight difference – from the Coupé – to a mere 40kgs which is all due to the retractable roof system.
The 675LT has standard 19-inch wheels at the front, 20-inch at the rear with P Zero™ Trofeo R tyres, developed for the 675LT models in collaboration with McLaren’s technical partner Pirelli. McLaren claim that these are “the lightest wheel and tyre set” ever offered by them. Two Super-Lightweight wheel options are also available, a new 20-spoke design, offered in liquid metal or diamond cut finishes, and the five-spoke Super-Lightweight design which debuted on the Coupé. The seats are almost like the ones in the McLaren P1 with ‘675LT’ embossed into the leather. For the sake of weight reduction, the air-conditioning system has been removed but can be added back on the customer’s demand for no additional cost.
The ‘By McLaren’ range, which first featured on the 675LT Coupé, is extended for the 675LT Spider, with the addition of exclusive Xenon Yellow contrast stitch. Simialrly, the full exterior paint palette offered on the 675LT Coupé is available for the Spider model, which includes the new Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey paint finishes. In addition, the newly developed deep golden colour, Solis – which derives its name from the Latin for sun – is a bespoke colour only available on the open-top 675LT Spider. The Club Sport Professional Pack is also offered, which adds further visual carbon fibre and stealth detailing. McLaren Orange detailing is applied on the brake callipers, embossed leather and stitching. Although much of the options of Coupé are available the Club Sport Pack which comprisis of titanium rollhoop, four point harnesses and fire extinguisher, is not available as an option for the 675LT Spider.
The first deliveries of the 675LT Spider will start from summer 2016.