The 675LT Spider was revealed at the end of 2015 as the latest chapter in the history of the iconic ‘Longtail’ name, and was the fifth new model debuted during a truly defining year for McLaren Automotive. Strictly limited to only 500 examples worldwide which sold out in just two weeks, it is only the second model to wear the LT badge.
The 675LT Spider, stays true to the spirit of its iconic predecessor with aerodynamically optimised, dramatically enhanced styling that results in 40 percent more downforce than the 650S Spider which it sits alongside in the McLaren Super Series.
‘The Longtail is a famous name in the history of McLaren, first used on the fastest version of the iconic McLaren F1,’ explains Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Officer. ‘The McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ was the final highly successful iteration of the F1, and it is an appropriate name for the most exhilarating and driver-focused version of the Super Series. The 675LT is the purest distillation of what McLaren stands for – pure driving pleasure.’
The main focus for the 675LT Spider is clear: to deliver maximum performance, engagement and excitement. To achieve this, weight has been reduced by 100kg through the increased usage of carbon fiber and by lighter components throughout, including newly developed suspension geometry derived from the McLaren P1, resulting in an increased track of 20mm.
Under the skin sits the heavily-revised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powertrain from the Coupé sibling, ensuring performance figures are worthy of the LT badge. The power output and torque figures remain unchanged, with 666bhp delivered at 7,100rpm and 516lb ft available between 5,000-6,500rpm. The changes to the powertrain saw more than 50 percent of the components replaced to ensure optimized levels of power, torque and drivability. These include new, more efficient turbos, detail design changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system.
As standard, the 675LT Spider is fitted with 10-spoke Ultra-Lightweight forged alloy wheels – 19-inch at the front, 20-inch at the rear – and P Zero Trofeo R tires. These are the lightest wheel and tire set ever offered by McLaren.
The lightweight theme continues throughout the interior with Alcantara and bare carbon fiber used extensively. A pair of lightweight carbon fiber-shelled racing seats, modelled on those fitted to the McLaren P1, save weight and feature ‘675LT’ embossed leather to provide enhanced levels of support and grip.
To top it off acceleration from 0-62 mph takes just 2.9 seconds, and 124 mph is achieved in 8.1 seconds, giving away only 0.2 seconds to the more aerodynamically optimized and lighter Coupé. Top speed is 203 mph.