Just 765 copies will be built.
After revealing the limited-edition 765LT supercar, we knew it was only a matter of time before McLaren introduced a drop-top variant. Right on cue, the 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider arrives on the scene, packing the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the coupe. The Spider loses almost nothing compared to its coupe counterpart, hitting 60 mph in an identical 2.7 seconds and 124 mph in 7.2 seconds on its way to a 205 mph top speed. McLaren was able to ensure the Spider wasn't any slower than the fixed roof 765LT because it only weighs 1,388 kg (3,060 lbs), just 49 kg (108 lbs) more than the coupe.
Unlike the 720S Spider, which can feature an electrochromic glass roof, the 765LT Spider gets a one-piece carbon-fiber Retractable Hard Top (RHT) that raises or lowers in 11 seconds and speeds up to 31 mph. A sliding rear window can lower independently from the roof, letting drivers hear the amazing quad-exit, full titanium exhaust system (40% lighter than steel).
The 765LT Spider produces 755 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, going out to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. McLaren has revised the gear ratios, meaning in-gear acceleration is now 15% quicker than the 720S Spider and faster than any previous convertible LT model around a track. Though it wasn't designed with drag strips in mind, the 765LT will run down the quarter-mile in just 10 seconds; Dominic Torreto would be pleased.
When the track gets twisty, the 765LT should excel with 25% more downforce than a 720S Spider. McLaren specially calibrated the active rear wing to know if the roof is up or down. Some minor adjustments were made to the dampers too, accounting for the slight increase in weight. A bespoke front splitter helps work the airflow above and below the car, and into the Low Temperature Radiators hidden behind the headlights.
McLaren saved a lot of weight inside, where the 765LT features carbon-fiber-shelled race seats that are 39 lbs lighter than the 720's sport seats, thinner glass, and nets instead of door pockets. There's also no radio, air conditioning, or carpets to save more weight, but the radio and A/C can be added at no extra cost. McLaren will offer a lightweight four-speaker audio system or an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins system. Buyers who want the lightest 765LT Spider possible need to opt for the Super-Lightweight carbon-fiber race seats, first developed for the Senna.
The 765LT Spider comes with eight different interior design themes, with soft grain leather or Alcantara. Of course, customers can always approach McLaren Special Operations for custom touches both inside and out. MSO will offer a Clubsport Pack and an LT Black Pack. The former includes a telemetry system, lightweight racing seats, and track brakes, while the latter gives the car a darker appearance with gloss black accents.
McLaren will only build 765 copies of the 765LT Spider, the same number as the coupe. "As we continue to build the LT sub-brand with the introduction of the new 765LT Spider, it's clear that our customers are increasingly attracted to the Longtail supercar proposition of exhilarating, extreme performance, and limited availability. With all 765 examples of the 765LT coupe sold, it's no surprise that as we publicly announce our new LT Spider, production capacity for 2021 is already filled," says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.
If an example does become available, the 765LT Spider starts at $382,500, making it $67,500 more than a 720S Spider.