McLaren’s latest longtail lets you hear that V8 roar
Lighter, faster, and quicker to open than model it replaces
McLaren‘s going topless once again. This time with the 765LT Spider, the drop-top version of the Longtail car that will be limited to just 765 models built. The same as the automaker put together of the coupe.
The McLaren 765LT Spider is a lot like the coupe, including the 755 hp and 590 lb-ft from the 4.0L twin-turbo V8. It should manage the same 2.8 seconds to 100 km/h and 0-200 in 7.2. Like the coupe, it’s much lighter than the model it succeeds; in this case, it’s 176 lbs lighter than the 720S Spider (though 108 lbs heavier than the 765LT Coupe).
What’s the difference then? That electrically powered roof. It’s a one-piece carbon fibre retractable hardtop that can scoot out of the way and give the driver and passenger access to the sun, the sky, and the sound of that V8 in 11 seconds at speeds up to around 50 km/h. It can take those sensory experiences away again in about the same time.
A powered rear window drops out of the way and lets the sounds of the four titanium exhaust tips in, even if you’ve already had a bit too much sun that day. Oh, and McLaren says the convertible carbon top offers more headroom and relocated A-pillars to make getting in and out easier than the coupe.
It has bespoke Pirelli tires, carbon seats and floor, and it doesn’t include air conditioning or a radio (though they’ll add them back in). What it does come with is more downforce from the LT bodywork and the more serious suspension dynamics including LT springs and dampers and a wider front track. It also comes with a sticker starting from US $382,500.