McLaren Unveils 765LT Spider
The newcomer is the marque’s most extreme performance convertible yet.
McLaren – like all good supercar makers should be – is intently focused on pushing the boundaries.
Overnight, the English marque unveiled its latest landmark model, the 765LT Spider, a convertible sister to the 765LT introduced last year.
This is McLaren’s most powerful convertible supercar yet, something not to be skimmed over with 563kW and 800Nm surging from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo McLaren V8 that rockets the lithe supercar from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and 0-200km/h n 7.2 seconds.
The above figures make the LT spider the fastest ever, 15% quicker in-gear acceleration than the frankly bonkers 720S Spider.
The supercar’s incredible speed comes as McLaren refocuses on minimising weight. Here, the new Spider is 80kg lighter than the previous 720S spider at 1388kg and only 49kg heavier than the coupe counterpart giving it class-leading power to weight at 440kW per tonne.
Of course, being McLaren, the technical details are seemingly endless. High-performance lightweight materials feature throughout with advanced carbon technologies used for body components and titanium exhaust system – the latter saving 40% of weight over the steel equivalent.
Elsewhere, the convertible features the same carbon fibre aero package as the coupe – front splitter and front door, side skirts, front and rear bumper and rear diffuser – however arriving with pre-calibrated active rear wing for roof up or down positions.
It’s the carbon fibre aero package that allows the 765LT Spider to produce 25% more downforce than the 720S Spider.
Much like the coupe, the Spider gets a set of bespoke wheels, tyre and brakes to add performance and help get the power down. Enhances chassis dynamics arrive with bespoke LT springs, dampers, increased front track width and unique software programming to heighten the on-road experience.
Inside one can expect a minimal approach with carbon fibre seats, centre tunnel, exposed floor – complemented by Alcantara throughout.
Of course, dropping the roof is easy with the electrically operated one-piece carbon fibre hardtop going up or down in just 11 seconds, and at speeds of up to 50km/h.
With all the coupe 765LT’s already sold out around the world, McLaren’s limited run of Spiders will make it hard to get your hands on, the English marque only building 765 around the world.
Prices for the 765LT Spider start at 310,500 (AU$585,233) before VAT and options, with the McLaren Special Operations department offering its Clubsport Pack and LT Black Pack to owners for an unspecified premium.