This past year, McLaren launched the insane 650S, which is an absolutely sensational supercar. But that wasn’t enough for the British marquee, who then created the 675LT (which stands for Long Tail) which is basically a track-monster version of the 650S and is absolute madness. Well, it seems that customers still wanted more from McLaren so it’s decided to create a topless version, the 675LT Spider.
Due to cost reasons, McLaren will only be making 500 units of the drop-top 675LT and the only reason for its creation, according to McLaren, is “significant customer demand.” Admittedly, a folding metal roof is generally the last thing anyone wants on track-oriented car, but this one doesn’t add too much of a penalty. Typically, making a car convertible reduces torsional rigidity, making it a bit sloppier in the handling department, and adds unwanted weight. However, the folding mechanism for the 675LT Spider only adds 88 lbs, which isn’t too much. Plus, the 675LT’s carbon fiber monocoque frame won’t lose any rigidity without the roof. So this should still be a very fast car and handle extremely well, but just be more exciting.
The 675LT Spider will retain the twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 engine, developing 666 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which should make it good for 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The only real penalty of the Spider is that it loses 2 mph of top speed, 203 mph vs the hardtop’s 205 mph. What a travesty. The 675LT Spider will get some unique Spider touches, however. Some unique paint options specific 20″ wheels and some contrast stitching, unless you opt for the Club Sport Professional Pack, which adds carbon fiber and stealth detailing.
How will this effect the upcoming Audi R8 V10 Spyder? We know that Audi is working on it and that it will be a very popular variant of the R8, but can it hand with the 675LT Spider? Well, being that it will be down about 60 hp and wiegh quite a bit more, I’m going to say no. However, the R8 Spyder will cost quite a bit less, as the 675LT Spider will cost around $372,600.