The McLaren 600LT was special, but the legendary supercar maker just revealed the new 600LT Spider, and it’s even better. As the fifth car to bear the Longtail name, it promises to be the coolest, baddest one ever, bearing all the Longtail trademarks – “increased power, reduced weight, optimized aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics and absolute driver engagement.” Which all sounds like a winning combination.
What’s exactly does the Spider offer to complete this goal? Well most importantly, it has a retractable roof; a three-piece wear-resistant hardtop and goes back at the press of a button, turning the supercar into a sporty convertible at speeds under 25mph. That’s a quick way to add some unique intrigue to an already-exciting vehicle.
Then go and look under the hood; you’ll find a twin turbo-charged, 3.8-liter V8 engine that churns out 592 horsepower and 620nm; that’s enough to get it from 0-60 in as little as 2.9 seconds, as well propel it a max speed of 202 mph. Slick performance. To make sure you make the most of it, McLaren included top-exit exhausts to pump all that throaty sound straight to your eardrums. A dual-clutch seven-speed transmission makes for a smooth experience when you’re cruising at those speeds.
Still, an elite engine means nothing without a car built for elite performance to match. So, the 600LT Spider boasts McLaren’s MonoCell II carbon fiber chassis, which combines ultralight weight with rigidity and strength; paired with aluminum body panels, it drops a not-insignificant 96kg off the original 600LT’s curb weight. Get it with all the lightest options possible, and you can drive a supercar weighing as little as 1,247kg; that creates a power-to-weight ratio of 431 horsepower per ton.
Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres and accompanying brakes finish the package, as do the sporty good looks. We could keep spouting technical details, but we can sum up all you need to know easily: it’s a McLaren, and it will retail for about $259,147.5.