Once the coupe is out the way, McLaren will start focusing on the drop-top longtail.
Lanzante, a UK racing team famous for building the McLaren F1 GTR, just announced a series of 25th-anniversary models based on seven different Mclaren models. Buried in the reveal, Lanzante accidentally spilled the beans on an upcoming Spider version of the McLaren 765LT. Such a car is expected, but we were surprised to see it before an official reveal from McLaren.
This made us wonder if the McLaren 765LT Spider could be just around the corner. CarBuzz reached out to McLaren for an official statement on the company's plans:
"We will confirm this in due course, but yes, a Spider features in our current model plan," says Roger Ormisher Vice President, Communications and PR for McLaren North America. "Current planning does not have any Spider order capacity in 2020. Product confirmation, reveal, and order take are some way off and will depend to some extent on Coupe build."
Put simply, McLaren does not have the capability to build the Spider this year. Given the company's recent economic hardships, this comes as no surprise. Ormisher says, "you will likely see us talk about it during some stage in 2021. No exact production number will be specified until we actually launch it, but if you want to take a guess, you can imagine it will be similar to the coupe," which is limited to only 765 units.
The 765LT Spider should use the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine found in the coupe, producing the same 755 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. As with other McLaren models, the addition of a convertible should have a minimal impact on performance.
McLaren is having no problems selling the 765LT Coupe in North America, so it might need a Spider model to fulfill demand. Ormisher told CarBuzz that McLaren had received more than double the "expressions in interest" than it has cars to allocate. When the Spider version arrives, it should sell out just as quickly as its hardtop counterpart.