McLaren Reveals 5th Long-Tail: the 600LT Spider

Available now for order with a starting price of $265,000, the fifth generation McLaren Long Tail now sports a retractable hard-top for open air driving.  It’s availability is limited, but the reduced weight, increased power, optimized aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics of the long-tail family and the new convertible design will appease current and prospective McLaren drivers alike. 

“The McLaren 600LT Spider adds a new dimension of excitement to the most extreme model in the Sports Series family, while losing none of the Longtail focus. Taking full advantage of the strength of the carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis has ensured that the new Spider has dynamic abilities and performance on par with the 600LT Coupé, for a weight premium of just 110.2lbs and with no additional structural strengthening required. In addition to our weight advantage over competitors, we have also retained the top-exit exhausts that debuted on the Coupé – and I’m pleased to report that they sound and look even better with the roof or rear window of the Spider lowered!” –Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.

Memorable Aura and Visual Drama with a Hard Top Roof

Switching to and from open air touring is “as easy as a push of a button”  at speeds of 25mph or less.  The retractable roof not only offers the physical sensation of wind in the hair, but opens the door to a memorable aura and visual drama of the rooftop exhausts that are unique to the 600lt. The hard top roof is more secure and wear-resistant than a fabric roof, offering the closed coupe cabin refinement when not activated.  McLaren incorporated successful tech from teh 650S, 675LT, and 570S Spiders to create a this secure hardtop roof in the new long tail unit.

Performance Enhancements

The upgraded powertrain enables the driver to exploit the 600LT Spider’s carbon fibre monocoque chassis to the full, aided by a dual-clutch, Seamless Shift seven-speed Gearbox (SSG) that features Ignition Cut in Sport mode to facilitate faster changes whilst delivering a dramatic aural crack from the top-exit exhausts, plus Inertia Push in Track mode to optimize acceleration. The 600LT Spider will reach 60mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds, with 124mph achieved in just 8.4 seconds – a near-indistinguishable 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupé. The maximum speed is 201mph with the roof raised, or 196mph with it lowered.

Performance is further enhanced by the lightweight carbon fibre bodywork that creates the Longtail silhouette and the same design of fixed rear wing as the Coupé which – despite the aerodynamic challenges posed by a convertible body – generates the same 220.5lbs of downforce at 155mph.  Ultra-precise, track-focused handling is supported by a forged aluminum double-wishbone suspension system with recalibrated dampers, firmer engine mounts and a lightweight braking system. The 600LT Spider is fitted with bespoke, track-focused Pirelli P- Zero™ Trofeo R tires and the driving experience is further enhanced with quicker steering and sharpened responses from throttle and brake pedals.

Thriving Reputation

The new 600LT Spider is the fifth model to carry the coveted LT badge, joining the illustrious bloodline that began in 1997 with the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, of which only a development prototype and nine examples were built. Victorious in five of the 11 rounds of the 1997 FIA GT Championship, the original Longtail also finished first and second in the GT1 class at Le Mans, almost 30 laps ahead of the opposition. McLaren Automotive revived the legendary Longtail name at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, with the launch of the 675LT Coupé, a limited-volume model that rapidly sold out. In response to customer demand, a 675LT Spider followed, all 500 examples of which were sold within two weeks. The fourth model to bear the Longtail name, the 600LT Coupé, was revealed in July 2018 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has since been hailed by critics as one of the finest cars in its class – an accolade that will now be challenged by its new Spider sibling.

For A Limited Time

Like it’s coupe counterpart, the 600LT Spider convertible will be available for a limited time. The 600LT Spider starts at $265,000 and is now available for order from McLaren Dallas or McLaren Houston .

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