The Longtail goes topless

It’s been less than a month since McLaren unveiled its latest supercar, the 720S Spider, and the British firm announced the arrival of a new vehicle. This time around it’s based on the 600LT, itself a higher performance variant of the570S. The teasers don’t reveal much, but we’re probably looking at the convertible version of the 600LT.

2020 McLaren 600LT Spider

McLaren released a short video and a picture of the upcoming supercar, and none of them include solid hints.

The videos shows a license plate with "600LT" lettering and the race-inspired rear end of the Longtail model.

We’ve had rumors that McLaren may launch a more hardcore 600LT, but it’s definitely too early for such a car, given that the latter arrived only six months ago. It makes more sense for McLaren to introduce the 600LT Spider first anyway.

So, what should we expect? Well, the Spider will be identical to the coupe inside and out. Essentially a Targa-style vehicle, it will have a detachable top so it won’t look any different with the roof in place.

Teaser Image And Video Preview a New 2019 McLaren 600LT
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The Spider will be similar under the hood as well.

The 3.8-liter V-8 cranks out 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque in the coupe, and these figures should remain unchanged in the Spider.

Drop-tops are usually slower than coupes, but McLaren’s recent Spiders are just as fast, mostly due to being equally light. Expect this entry-level supercar to hit 62 mph in three seconds and exceed 200 mph.

The 600LT Spider will make its global debut on January 16, so make sure you stay tuned for a full review. This is the second McLaren to carry a Longtail badge after the original F1 in the 1990s. The first vehicle, the 675LT, is already sold out. A similar version based on the 720S will probably follow in 2019.

2019 McLaren 600LT drivetrain specifications

Engine configuration M838TE engine, 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, 3,799cc
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power bhp/kW @ rpm 592/441 @ 7,500rpm
Torque lb ft @ rpm 457 @ 5,500-6,500rpm
Transmission 7 Speed SSG. Normal, Sport and Track modes
Steering Electro-hydraulic; power-assisted
Chassis Carbon fibre MonoCell II monocoque, with aluminium front and rear crash structures
Suspension Independent adaptive dampers, dual aluminium wishbones. Normal, Sport and Track modes
Brakes Carbon Ceramic Discs (390mm front; 380mm rear); Aluminium Calipers (6-piston front; 4-piston rear)
Wheels (inches) Front: 8J x 19; Rear: 11J x 20
Tyres Pirelli P-ZERO™ Trofeo R (P-ZERO™ no-cost option)
Front: 225/35/R19; Rear: 285/35/R20
0-60mph 2.8 seconds
0-62mph 2.9 seconds
0-124mph 8.2 seconds
0-186mph 24.9 seconds
0-400m / ¼ mile 10.4 seconds
Maximum Speed 204 mph
124mph – 0 braking, ft 384
62mph – 0 braking, ft 102
CO2 emissions [NEDC] EU NEDC: 266 (EU WLTP: 276)
Fuel consumption – (EU l/100km/UK MPG) 11.7/100km (24.1mpg)

Further Reading

2019 McLaren 600LT Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren 600LT.

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