Complementing the 765LT ‘Longtail’ coupe unveiled last year, the new Spider is McLaren’s most powerful-ever convertible supercar and brings highest-ever levels of driver engagement to the McLaren LT experience. Engineered in addition with the other core attributes intrinsic to any McLaren Longtail – minimised weight, track-focused dynamics and optimised aerodynamics – the 765LT Spider has all of the class-leading abilities of the coupe and also meets the LT demand for exclusivity: just 765 cars will be available globally for customer order.
Limited to just 765 units which will all be built to order, the 765LT Spider comes with a electrically operated, one-piece carbon fibre hard top operates in 11 seconds, and can be activated at speeds upto 50kmph. There’s also powered rear windows that pass in an exhilarating soundtrack from quad-exit, full titanium exhausts. Enhancements have been made to the chassis dynamics along with the springs and dampers to introduce an increased front track width, lower front ride height.
The Spider version of the carbon fibre MonoCage II, was developed alongside the coupe monocoque and shares most of its structural elements, including the windscreen surround. Such is the strength and stiffness of the structure that no additional bracing is required over the coupe – another weight-optimising factor. At the rear of the car, carbon fibre structural supports are fully bonded into the chassis to provide rollover protection.
The convertible roof design plays an integral role in the structure, featuring a carbon fibre frame within the Retractable Hard Top panel and creating a full carbon fibre shell when closed. There are also additional comfort benefits for occupants – because it is a single-piece panel with no central seal, headroom is improved, while the extended length of the roof panel allows the tops of the A-pillars to be further forward, enhancing the sense of space and easing ingress and egress.
Performance is ferocious, the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 765PS – giving the 765LT Spider a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 598bhp-per-tonne at lightest dry weight – and 800Nm of torque. Transmission gear ratios have been revised for even greater engagement and performance; in-gear acceleration is 15% quicker than a 720S Spider, helping the new Longtail to achieve the fastest lap times ever posted by a convertible LT model.
The 0-100kmph time figure is 2.8 seconds with 0-200kmph taking 7.2 seconds. What’s more, McLaren is offering MSO Clubsport Pack and MSO LT Black Pack along with multiple MSO options