When exactly? That remains a mystery but we do have a good guess.
It was only last July when the McLaren 600LT made its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The second modern McLaren road car to receive the coveted “Long Tail” treatment, the 600LT is the even more hardcore version of the already impressive 570S. We'll have a first drive review to share of that later today. But what about the 600LT Spider?
We asked McLaren about its likely existence and possible reveal date at the Goodwood FOS, only to be told it would be available sometime in 2019. However, based on past precedents such as the 570S and 570 Spider, and the first of the reborn LT series, the 675LT and 675LT Spider, it’s a certainty the 600LT Spider is on the way very soon. So, when will we get to see it?
As first reported by AutoGuide, a California Air Resources Board (CARB) document reveals the upcoming 2019 McLaren variants, including the current Sport Series along with ‘McLaren 600LT Spider’. This clarifies the open-top version of that 592 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque mid-engined supercar is due to arrive sometime next year as a 2019 model.
We reached out to McLaren to re-confirm the 2019 launch as well as a possible venue. Global Communications and PR Director Wayne Bruce once again committed the launch for "some point in 2019." However, that debut "will not be at Paris, nor will it be at LA."
Given that McLaren did not commit to a specific 600LT coupe production unit number, it sounds like it will build as many as it can for one model year only. Therefore, it makes sense the 600LT Spider will first be shown publically at next year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Why not Geneva in March? Because McLaren previously announced the Speedtail GT hypercar, formerly called BP23, will be unveiled at the Swiss show.
It doesn't make sense to steal the spotlight away from the upcoming F1 successor. McLaren has already committed to launching 18 new models and derivatives between 2018 and 2025, so the 600LT Spider's debut can easily wait a few more months. This will also allow more time to sell 600LT coupes.
Obviously, it’s a bit too early to know its exact specs, and chances are the 600LT Spider won’t be quite as light as its coupe sibling, which is already 200 pounds lighter than the 570S. But without question, it’ll weigh less than the 570 Spider and will feature all or most of the 600LT coupe’s exterior upgrades, like lightweight wheels, aero body kit, those wicked cool top-exit exhausts and, of course, that extended rear wing.