Thanks to the popularity of the McLaren 675LT "Longtail," the sports car maker is introducing a new model in the 675LT range: the drop-top 675LT Spider. The car is virtually identical to the coupe save for a three-piece retractable roof and unique color and wheel options. Like the coupe, the McLaren 675LT Spider will be limited to just 500 copies.
The 675LT Spider produces the same devilish 666 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque as the coupe, using a revised version of McLaren's twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8. That engine makes the extra power thanks to new, more efficient turbochargers, revised cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, lightweight connecting rods, a new camshaft, and high-flow fuel system among other upgrades. The traction control system limits torque to 443 lb-ft in first gear to minimize wheel slip and improve acceleration. The result is a McLaren-estimated 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds, just 0.2 second slower than the coupe. The 675LT Spider has a dry weight of 2,800 pounds, which is 88 pounds heavier than the coupe. The extra weight comes from the retractable top.
Though it's heavier than its fixed-roof sibling, the 675LT Spider is still 220 pounds down from the 650S Spider. That's achieved through a generous use of carbon fiber, which can be found in the front bumper, side skirts, rear fenders, rear deck, diffuser, Longtail Airbrake, and more. Of course, the car utilizes the same carbon fiber monocoque found in all McLaren models.
The 675LT Spider has the option of an exclusive Solis exterior paint color (pictured), and comes standard with 10-spoke, 19-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in P Zero Trofeo R tires developed specifically for the Longtail with help from Pirelli. Two other wheel options are available, including a new 20-spoke design in liquid metal or diamond cut finishes and the five-spoke wheels that debuted on the coupe. The 35-pound air conditioning system has been removed but can be installed as a no-cost option.
The limited-production McLaren 675LT Spider arrives in the U.S. in summer 2016 and will be priced at $372,600.