The all-new McLaren 600LT Spider is the drop-top version of the lightweight, ultra-focused 600LT supercar. The 600LT Spider is another chapter in a limited but revered line of Longtail McLarens, starting with the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail. An extended rear has the dual benefit of reducing drag and boosting downforce. Power comes from a 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 with peak outputs of 592 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque, and the results are predictably explosive - and loud.
The 0-60 mph run is all over in 2.8 seconds, ensuring that the glamor of the convertible in no way impacts performance - this is just as fast as the hardtop coupe. All out, the 600LT Spider will reach a top speed of 201 mph. Design-wise, there’s plenty to take in as the McLaren whizzes by. Dramatic rear buttresses and a stainless steel exhaust system with top-exit outlets ensure that the engine’s acoustics are amplified for driver and passenger. The retractable folding hardtop lowers in under 15 seconds and can be operated at speeds of up to 25 mph. It’s made of sheet molding compound (SMC) composite that’s said to be lighter yet stronger than fabric.
Like the hardtop, the 600LT Spider’s weight-saving measures are extensive, beginning with the carbon-fiber monocoque, ensuring a claimed class-best chassis weight of under 170 pounds. Even the carbon-fiber racing seats save over 45 pounds on their own. Pricing starts at $256,500 before options, and if you want one, you’d better move fast as volumes are likely to be extremely limited - consider that only 500 units of this car’s predecessor, the McLaren 675LT Spider, were produced. Along with the upcoming Ferrari F8 Spider and the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, the McLaren 600LT Spider represents the upper echelon of extreme performance drop-tops.
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