McLaren Automotive announce second Longtail model of the year : The 675LT Spider
McLaren have unveiled the 675LT Spider after a defining year for McLaren Automotive with five further models debuted ; the McLaren P1™ GTR, 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé, and the 675LT Coupé.
Strictly limited to only 500 models, The 675LT Spider will be only the second model to wear the iconic LT page. It comes less than a year since the 675LT Coupé, which focused on light weight, enhanced aerodynamics, increased power and track-focused dynamics, and this limited-run model quickly sold out before the first deliveries commenced. Sharing these key characteristics, McLaren Automotive now presents the most focused, fastest and exhilarating open top model to ever wear a McLaren badge.
The 675LT Spider sits the heavily revised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powertrain from the coupé sibling, ensuring performance figures are worthy of the LT – or ‘Longtail’ – badge. New, 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 all contribute to ensure optimised levels of power, torque and drivability. Acceleration from 0-100kmh (0-62mph) takes just 2.9 seconds, and 200kmh (124mph) is achieved in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 326km/h (203mph).
Similiar to the 675LT Coupé, the Spider features extensive use of carbon fibre for the bodywork. Lightweight components are also found throughout the powertrain and chassis, all contributing to a dry weight of just 1,270kg, making it 100kg lighter than the 650S Spider. The dramatic styling and purposeful stance of the 675LT is retained with the Spider variant making it visually impressive both in the interior and exterior.
The use of Alcantara® and bare carbon fibre used extensively in the interior continues the lightweight theme with a particular highlight the ‘675LT’ embossed leather to provide enhanced levels of support and grip. The ‘By McLaren’ interior themes were first introduced on the 675LT Coupé, and are again available for the Spider model with the range extended for the 675LT Spider, with the addition of exclusive Xenon Yellow contrast stitch. In addition the full exterior paint palette offered for the 675LT Coupé is available for the Spider model which includes the new Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey paint finishes and the newly developed deep golden colour, Solis, which is a bespoke colour only available on the open-top 675LT Spider.
Available in Titanium Silver, Storm Grey, Onyx Black and Chicane Grey, the Ultra-Lightweight wheels are stealth finished, while a satin carbon fibre finish is applied to the front wing end plates, lower side air intake and the centre of the rear bumper, along with the side intakes, wheelarches, wing mirrors and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake.
McLarens heritage is hinted both externally and internally using the McLaren Orange made famous by Formula 1™ and Can-Am racers of Bruce McLaren on the brake callipers, embossed leather and stitching.
A key characteristic of any Longtail is exclusivity, and the 675LT Spider is no exception. As with the Coupé, production of the 675LT Spider will be strictly limited to only 500 examples, with first deliveries in summer 2016.