Renowned worldwide for the exclusive, luxury, high-performance supercars, McLaren Automotive today revealed another landmark model: the 765LT Spider.
The 756 LT complements the 765LT ‘Longtail’ coupe unveiled last year – which is currently sold out. The new Spider is McLaren’s most powerful-ever convertible supercar and brings the highest-ever levels of driver engagement to the McLaren LT experience. Limited to just 765 cars globally, the McLaren 765LT features the core attributes intrinsic to any McLaren Longtail of minimized weight, track-focused dynamics, and optimized aerodynamics coupled with the LT demand for exclusivity.
Carrying over the coupe’s dynamic and aerodynamic DNA with no structural compromise and only a minimal 49kg weight increase, the 765LT Spider weighs in at just 1,388kg (DIN weight), which is 80kg lighter than a 720S Spider. The electrically operated, one-piece carbon fiber Retractable Hard Top (RHT) enables open-top motoring in just 11 seconds and operates at speeds of up to 50km/h, bringing the dramatic soundtrack of the quad-exit titanium exhaust system into the cabin to take driver engagement into another dimension. A full 22kg has been saved in the development of the LT’s bespoke Ultra-Lightweight forged alloy wheels, each fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo R tires specially developed for the 765LT. Titanium wheel bolts are also standard fit.
“As we continue to build the LT sub-brand with the introduction of the new 765LT Spider, it’s clear that our customers are increasingly attracted to the Longtail supercar proposition of exhilarating, extreme performance, and limited availability. With all 765 examples of the 765LT coupe sold, it’s no surprise that as we publicly announce our new LT Spider, production capacity for 2021 is already filled.”, said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.
The immense performance and dynamic prowess of the new Spider – already proven in the 765LT coupe – are enhanced by three compelling factors: the stability of its MonoCage II-S structure, the game-changing design of its one-piece Retractable Hard Top roof, and the ongoing determination of McLaren engineers to pursue the company’s philosophy of super-lightweight engineering. The Spider version of the carbon fiber MonoCage II was developed alongside the coupe monocoque and shares most of its structural elements, including the windscreen surround. There are also additional comfort benefits for occupants – because it is a single-piece panel with no central seal, headroom is improved, while the extended length of the roof panel allows the tops of the A-pillars to be further forward, enhancing the sense of space and easing ingress and egress.
The fully electrically controlled roof can be opened or closed in just 11 seconds, at speeds up to 50km/h. The system is powered by eight electrical motors – two to fold the roof panel, two to raise and lower the tonneau cover and two to control the dynamic flaps which deploy on the tonneau buttresses when the roof is open. Like every LT, the new Spider is designed to excel on the track, however, the extra dimension of theatre and drama offered by the convertible roof also makes it an even more immersive and compelling car to drive on the road. With the same highly evolved aerodynamic package as the coupe – the Spider matches the coupe’s outstanding aero performance in every respect, with class-leading downforce 25% greater than that of a 720S Spider.
The remaining four ‘By McLaren’ themes offer a luxurious alternative to Alcantara®, featuring Carbon Black soft-grain leather with contrasting stitching in McLaren Orange, Situs Grey, Carmine, or Kingfisher Blue. All the ‘By McLaren’ interiors can be specified, at no extra cost, with a 12 o’clock stripe on the Alcantara® steering wheel, in McLaren Orange, Burnt Orange, Blue, or Dove Grey.
The Folding Driver Display and Central Infotainment Screen surrounds are both available in carbon fiber to complement the finish of the window switch surrounds, steering wheel clasp, and Active Dynamics Panel surround. Further carbon fiber is available from the MSO Defined range, including satin-finish visual carbon fiber for the air vents and extended sill trims with unique 765LT branding.
The supercar is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 765PS – giving the 765LT Spider a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 598PS-per-tonne at the lightest dry weight – and 800Nm of torque. With a sprinting power of 2.8 seconds to go from 0-100km/h, the car’s maximum speed is 330km/h (205mph).
Customers can also direct MSO to replace the aluminum hood with a carbon fiber hood – finished in either body color or Gloss Finish Visual Carbon Fibre – or choose from an extensive menu of individual upgrades ranging from a Gloss Finish Visual Carbon Fibre tonneau cover to a Satin Finish carbon fiber steering wheel, a lightweight front badge, or a Gloss Finish carbon fiber ignition key.
“A McLaren ‘Longtail’ is engineered to deliver not only incredible performance but also the highest levels of driver engagement. The 765LT coupe set new benchmarks in maximizing a driver’s connection with the car and the Spider builds on this, adding the additional engagement factor of open-air driving to give direct access to the scintillating sound of the titanium exhaust – a pleasure that thanks to the electrically operated rear window can also be enjoyed with the retractable roof in place.”, Jamie Corstorphine, Director of Product Strategy, McLaren Automotive
The most powerful McLaren convertible ever and the latest and most engaging addition to the brand’s Longtail lineage can be ordered now from McLaren retailers with prices starting from £310, 500*.