Lighting fast sprints with infinite headroom

With all eyes pointed to the Toyota Supra and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show, McLaren debuted a new member of the Longtail family. Meet the 600LT Spider, the drop-top version of the 600LT, the first Sports Series model to wear the Longtail badge.

600LT with Infinite Headroom

The 2019 McLaren 600LT Spyder Lowers Her Top and is Still Lighter than the Competition Exterior
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As expected, the Spider is identical to the coupe when the roof is in place. That’s because it has a hard-top instead of a more traditional soft-top.

The three-piece top can be lowered or raised at the push of button and at speeds of up to 25 mph.

When the top is down, you can use an electrically-operated, glazed wind deflector to increase or reduce ventilation inside the cabin.

Similar Performance

The 2019 McLaren 600LT Spyder Lowers Her Top and is Still Lighter than the Competition Exterior
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The Spider is 110 pounds heavier than the Coupe, tipping the scales at 2,859 pounds dry. The extra weight comes from the electrically operated top. No additional strengthening was required to maintain full structural rigidity, and that’s why the Spider delivers similar performance to the Coupe.

Power comes form the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 rated at 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, which is 30 horses and 14 pound-feet more than the 570S Spider.

Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is on par with 600LT Coupe at only 2.8 seconds, while the sprint to 124 mph takes two tenths longer at 8.4 seconds.

Compared to the 570S Spider, the 600LT is three tenths quicker to 60 mph and 1.2 seconds quicker to 124 mph. Top speed drops by three mph compared to the 600LT Coupe, but it’s 5 mph higher than the 570S Spider.

Lighter than the Competition

The 2019 McLaren 600LT Spyder Lowers Her Top and is Still Lighter than the Competition Exterior
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Although it's 110 pounds heavier than the 600LT Coupe, the Spider is 220.5 pounds lighter than the 570S Spider.

It’s also lighter than the competition, with McLaren claiming a reduction of at least 176 pounds compared to similar sports cars. It doesn’t provide a specific comparo, but the 600LT Spider is a whopping 300 pounds lighter than the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

How Much for One?

The 2019 McLaren 600LT Spyder Lowers Her Top and is Still Lighter than the Competition Exterior
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The 600LT Spider retails from $256,500 in the United States.

That’s a $16,500 premium over the Coupe, which isn’t surprising at all. Compared to the 570S Spider, the 600LT fetches almost $50,000 more.

2019 McLaren 600LT Spider 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
0-62mph 2.9 seconds
0-124mph 8.4 seconds
Maximum Speed 196 mph

Further Reading

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

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