After dropping a teaser image earlier this week, McLaren has finally lowered the top on the 600LT. The McLaren 600LT Spider poses as an open-top version of the company’s smallest longtail, 600LT coupe that was introduced last year.
The British automaker, like a well-oiled machine, has been churning out one model after another with each being just a little more desirable than the one before it. For those unfamiliar with the LT design, it stands for ‘Longtail’ which the company had first employed to an F1 GTR race car, back in the 1990s.
McLaren has managed to limit the car's bulk to a mere 1296kg which is about 50kg heavier than the coupe.
These cars had an oddly long tail that the company stated was for aerodynamic reasons. Since then, McLaren has incorporated the design as a trim level with 675LT as the first road car to feature it. To sum it all up, the suffix LT in a moniker calls for extra power, less weight and improved aerodynamics.
Like the 600LT coupe, the 600LT Spider also carries a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that delivers 592hp and 619Nm of torque. It is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and sits behind the cabin. Apart from the longer tail realized via a stretched diffuser, and a fixed rear wing, other weight-reduction mods in the car include carbon fibre body panels, a stripped cabin, and shorter exhaust routing (which is why the exhaust tips are right on top of the engine).
Like the 600LT coupe, the 600LT Spider features a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 delivering 592hp and 619Nm.
McLaren has shaved down the weight of the car to a mere 1296kg which is about 50kg heavier than the coupe and 100kg less than the 570S Spider. Additionally, the car also features Pirelli’s P Zero Trofeo R tyres.
All of this comes together to propel the convertible from zero to 100kph in a brisk 2.8 seconds. Top speed is clocked at 323kph, reduced to 315kph when the top is down. McLaren made the fabric roof using composite materials to save weight. It opens or closes at the push of a button in just 15 seconds at speeds up to 40kph.
McLaren offers the 570S as its entry-level moniker. However, if you’re a purist that values heritage and history of the manufacturer, a couple of extra bucks can get you the smallest Long Tail, the 600LT.