The most aggressive member of the Super Series family goes topless

At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren launched the 675LT, a modified version of the 650S that paid homage to the F1 "Longtail." Slightly longer than the 650S, revised aerodynamically, and equipped with a more powerful engine, the 675LT was limited to only 500 units and became a hit, selling out in just two months after its official debut. Although the original "Longtail" wasn’t offered in a drop-top configuration, McLaren went ahead and chopped the roof off the 675LT in order to give enthusiasts a more powerful and exclusive option to the already exhilarating 650S Spider.

Set to go on sale next year, the 675LT Spider will find its way to customers starting summer 2016, most likely as a 2017 model in the U.S.. Production will commence as soon as McLaren builds all 500 675LTs. The 675LT Spider is the seventh member of the Super Series family, which already includes the 650S, 625C, 650S Le Mans, and the track-only 650S GT3.

As expected, the convertible shares most of its exterior design with the coupe, while the drivetrain is identical. Although heavier than the coupe, the 675LT Spider is just as fast, being quicker than the newly-launched Ferrari 488 GTB. Keep reading for the full specs.

Updated 06/02/2016: McLaren dropped a series of new images of the 675LT Spider taken during the car’s media launch in Scotland. Check the "Pictures" section to see the 675LT in all its glory.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 675 LT Spider.

  • 2017 McLaren 675 LT Spider
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8(Est.)
  • Transmission:
    Seven-Speed Dual Clutch (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    666 @ 7100 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516 @ 5000 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    2.9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    203 mph
  • Price:
    285450
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.8/10

Exterior

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Design-wise, the 675LT Spider is identical to its coupe sibling except for the roof and the engine hood. As a result, it benefits from all the cool features that make the 675LT special, including the extended door sills, a smaller air intake just under the main engine air intake, and the active Longtail airbrake, which is 50 percent larger than the one on the 650S Spider.

Unlike the coupe, which has a large window between the roof and the deck, the Spider features a smaller window through which the engine is only partly visible.

Other changes made to the rear end compared to the 650S include twin circular exhaust pipes made from titanium, an open rear fascia for better heat extraction, air intakes on the outer edges of the rear bumper, and a new carbon-fiber rear diffuser.

The 675LT also features additional louvers on the polycarbonate rear window, but these didn’t find their way on the Spider, as the drop-top configuration comes with a new engine lid. Unlike the coupe, which has a large window between the roof and the deck, the Spider features a smaller window through which the engine is only partly visible. You’ll know it’s all in there though, especially without the roof.

The convertible also received revised C-pillars, which were moved forward compared to the coupe and had their quarter windows removed. The modification also provided a slightly shorter roofline with the top up. Speaking of the hard-top, the panel stows below a color-coded tonneau cover, leaving a pair of gorgeous flying buttresses on display.

As standard, the sports car rides on ten-spoke lightweight alloy wheels that measure 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear. The rollers are wrapped in P Zero Trofeo R tires specifically developed for the 675LT. These are the lightest wheel and tire set ever offered by McLaren. Optionally, customers can have the Super-Lightweight wheels in a new 20-spoke design, in either Liquid Metal or Diamond Cut finishes. The latter are also available in the the five-spoke design that debuted on the coupe model.

Exterior Dimensions

Dry weight 1,270 KG (2799.87 LBS)
Weight distribution 42 / 58
Length 4,546 MM (178.97 Inches)
Width 2,095 MM (82.48 Inches)
Height 1,192 MM (46.92 Inches)

Interior

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The interior of the 675LT Spider should be familiar to those already accustomed to the coupe. Save for the button that activates the top and the modified rear windscreen, everything else should be identical to the 675LT Coupe, which in turn is based on the 650S. Look for the same racing seats wrapped in Alcantara and leather, a slim, race-inspired center stack, and flat-bottomed steering wheel with carbon-fiber spokes. As usual, Mclaren will offer a wide array of customizing options that will include two-tone upholstery designs, contrast stitching, and extra carbon-fiber.

Drivetrain

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The Coupe’s drivetrain was carried over unchanged in the Spider, but that’s far from upsetting given the 675LT boasts significantly more power than the 650S. Thanks to redesigned or upgraded engine components such as the turbochargers, cylinder heads, exhaust manifolds, camshafts, and fuel pump, the award-winning 3.8-liter V-8 pumps out 675 PS (666 horsepower) and 700 Nm (516 pound-feet) of torque, which amount to a 25 PS (25-horsepower) and 22 Nm (16-pound-feet) increase over the 650S.

Routed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, the oomph pushes the 675LT Spider from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds

Add in the fact that the 675LT Spider is 220 pounds (100 kg) lighter than the 650S Spider at 2,800 pounds (1,270 kg) and you get an impressive power-to-weight ratio that sits at 532 PS (525 horsepower) per tonne.

Routed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, the oomph pushes the 675LT Spider from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in 7.9 seconds, identical to the coupe, despite the fact that the drop-top is 88 pounds (40 kg) heavier. Top speed is the only performance spec that changed, decreasing slightly from 205 to 203 mph.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
Power 666 HP @ 7,100 RPM
Torque 516 LB-FT @ 5,000-6,500 RPM
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
CO2 275g/km
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2.9 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 8.1 seconds
Top speed 326 km/h (203 mph)
Power-to-weight 532PS per tonne

Prices

As of this writing, McLaren has only announced pricing for the British market, where it will cost £285,450 before options. Given that’s a 10-percent premium over the coupe, which retails from $349,500 in the U.S., the Spider will probably start from around $384,450 on this side of the Atlantic. As with the Coupe, production will be limited to 500 units globally. If you want one of these in your garage, you’d better hurry as the coupe sold out in just a couple of months.

Competition

Ferrari 488 Spider

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Based on the 488 GTB that replaced the iconic 458 Italia in 2015, the 488 Spider has everything it needs to give the 675LT Spider a run for its money. Sure, it’s actually better suited to go against the 650S Spider, but until Ferrari comes up with a special iteration that’s more aerodynamic and powerful, the 488 Spider will have to do. Powered by a turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8, this Italian beast comes with 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet on tap. It needs only three seconds to hit 62 mph and 8.3 ticks to hit 124 mph, before it tops out at 203 mph. Pricing is expected to start at around $265,000, making it significantly more affordable than the 675LT.

Find out more about the Ferrari 488 Spider here.

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder

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Brand-new for 2016, the Huracan comes with a roaring 5.2-liter V-10 under the hood and a 610-horsepower and 413-pound-feet output. Significantly less powerful than both the McLaren and Ferrari, the Lambo is also slower, hitting 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and 124 in 10.2. That’s a half-second and a whopping 2.3 seconds slower than the 675LT, respectively. Its top speed, on the other hand, is comparable to its rivals at 201 mph. Slower and less powerful, the Huracan Spyder is also expected to be more affordable with a sticker of around $250,000 in the U.S.

Read more about the Lamborghini Huracan here.

Conclusion

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Depending on how you look at it, the 675LT Spider is either a cool car or a vehicle McLaren shouldn’t have built. From a heritage standpoint, the Long Tail should’ve remained a coupe only. Not every supercar needs a convertible version and the 675LT is the perfect example. On the other hand, McLaren plays in a dynamic market in which diversity is critical and it needs to adhere to this policy in order to compete with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Porsche. All told, the 675LT Spider makes a lot of sense financially and the prospect of driving top down in a 666-horsepower machine will bring more customers into McLaren dealerships.

  • Leave it
    • Quite expensive relative to its competitors
    • Likely to sell out quickly

Updated History

Updated 12/23/2015: The new McLaren 675LT Spider sold out in just two weeks after it was officially out on sale. It appears that the sports car’s $372,600 hasn’t scared away McLaren’s faithful customers.

Updated 12/21/2015: McLaren dropped a new video for its 675LT Spider in which Bruno Senna shares his thoughts on the sports car. Hit play to find out why he considers the 675LT Spider its a true driver’s car.

Updated 12/03/2015: McLaren dropped the official details on the new 675LT Spider.

Updated 10/12/2015: In an interview with Autovisie, McLaren officials confirmed that the 675LT Spider is indeed under development and that it will be unveiled sometime in 2016. Most likely the 675LT Spider will also be built in just 500 units and will be priced somewhere in the same range as the coupe - $349,500 - with a McLaren Club Sport package being offered as an option.

Updated 12/03/2015: A first teaser video of the upcoming 675LT Spider surfaced online, meaning of course that the official debut should happen anytime now. The teaser video reveals that the convertible version will feature revised front and rear fascias with a new front spoiler, more aggressive side skirts and a new dual exhaust system. Stay tuned for the official details!

Press Release

McLaren Automotive has revealed the latest chapter in the history of the iconic ‘Longtail’ name with confirmation of the 675LT Spider. Strictly limited to only 500 examples worldwide, it is only the second model to wear the LT badge. This latest model comes less than a year since the first model in nearly 20 years resurrected the name, and is in response to significant customer demand. The 675LT Coupé focused on light weight, enhanced aerodynamics, increased power and track-focused dynamics, and this limited-run model quickly sold out before the first deliveries commenced. Sharing these key characteristics, McLaren Automotive now presents the most focused, fastest and exhilarating open top model to ever wear a McLaren badge.

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The 675LT Spider, priced at £285,450, is the fifth new model debuted by McLaren Automotive in 2015 in what has become a defining year for the British brand. This latest model joins the McLaren P1™ GTR, 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé, and the fixed-head 675LT Coupé as new to the line-up, and further strengthens the Super Series range.

Under the skin of the 675LT Spider sits the heavily revised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powertrain from the coupé sibling, ensuring performance figures are worthy of the LT – or ‘Longtail’ – badge. The power output and torque figures remain unchanged, with 675PS (666bhp) delivered at 7,100rpm and 700Nm (516lb ft) available between 5,000-6,500rpm. The changes to the powertrain saw more than 50 percent of the components replaced to ensure optimised 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.

Acceleration from 0-100kmh (0-62mph) takes just 2.9 seconds, and 200kmh (124mph) is achieved in 8.1 seconds – giving away only 0.2 seconds to the more aerodynamically optimised and lighter coupé. Controlled torque delivery in first gear manages torque to 600Nm (443lb ft) to ensure maximum acceleration, and minimising wheel slip. Top speed is 326km/h (203mph). Despite these blistering performance figures, the 675LT Spider returns 24.2mpg on the EU combined cycle, while CO2 emissions remain at 275g/km – the same as the coupé. A three-piece retractable folding hardtop can be opened at speeds up to 30km/h (19mph) to allow for a new level of open-air exhilaration.

Staying true to the ‘Longtail’ ethos, established by the McLaren F1 in the late 1990s, the 675LT Spider has been developed with a focus on light weight and optimised aerodynamic performance. The special nature of the model is supported by the extensive use of carbon fibre for the bodywork. As with the 675LT Coupé, the front bumper with larger splitter and end plates, front under body, side skirts, side intakes, lower side intakes, rear bodyside lower, rear fenders, rear deck, rear bumper, diffuser and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake are all carbon fibre. Lightweight components are also found throughout the powertrain and chassis, all contributing to a dry weight of just 1,270kg. This weight is a full 100kg lighter than the already lightweight 650S Spider, and gives a power-to-weight figure of 532PS per tonne. Due to the inherent strength of the carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, no further strengthening – and associated weight increase – has been added through the removal of the roof, and the 675LT Spider is only 40kg heavier than the Coupé, all due to the retractable roof system.

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The dramatic styling and purposeful stance of the 675LT is retained with the Spider variant, with the extended front splitter flanked by front wing end plates, each working the airflow harder and increasing downforce. Sculpted carbon fibre door sills run along the lower edge of the bodywork, flowing in to a smaller air intake ahead of the rear wheels. This sits below the more pronounced side intake, with both feeding clean, cool air into the side radiators which are more prominent to offer increased cooling. The retractable hard top stows below a colour-coded tonneau cover, and the engine remains visible through a lightweight vented polycarbonate engine cover. At the rear, the lightweight titanium crossover twin exhausts exit below the active ‘Longtail’ Airbrake which is 50 percent larger than other Super Series models. This is integrated in to the design of the flowing rear wings and despite the larger size, carbon fibre construction ensures weight is actually reduced. Exposed bodywork across the rear deck and below the rear wing aids engine cooling, while louvres in the flared rear bumper optimise pressure levels.

The 675LT Spider shares the suspension set up and geometry of the Coupé, with the front end sitting on new lightweight springs and a wider track – increased by 20mm. Spring rates are the most track-focused of the Super Series models, with stiffness increased 27 percent at the front and 63 percent at the rear, providing a more rearward balance and allowing for a 40 percent increase in downforce over the 650S Spider.

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 tyres, developed for the 675LT models in collaboration with technical partner Pirelli. These are the lightest wheel and tyre set ever offered by McLaren. Two Super-Lightweight wheel options are optionally available; a new 20-spoke design, offered in liquid metal or diamond cut finishes, and the five-spoke Super-Lightweight design which debuted on the Coupé.

The lightweight theme continues throughout the interior with Alcantara® and bare carbon fibre used extensively. A pair of lightweight carbon fibre-shelled racing seats, modelled on those fitted to the McLaren P1™, save a combined 15kg, and feature ‘675LT’ embossed leather to provide enhanced levels of support and grip. As seen in the McLaren P1™ and 675LT, heating and ventilation controls are located within the portrait-orientated, centrally-mounted touchscreen, which also operates the four-speaker Meridian audio system, while air conditioning has been removed. The 16kg system can be specified as a no-cost-option.

The ‘By McLaren’ interior themes were first introduced on the 675LT Coupé, and are again available for the Spider model. The range is extended for the 675LT Spider, with the addition of exclusive Xenon Yellow contrast stitch. Simialrly, the full exterior paint palette offered on the 675LT Coupé is available for the Spider model, which includes the new Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey paint finishes. In addition, the newly developed deep golden colour, Solis – which derives its name from the Latin for sun – is a bespoke colour only available on the open-top 675LT Spider.

Further enhancements can be made through the Club Sport Professional Pack, which adds further visual carbon fibre and stealth detailing. Available in Titanium Silver, Storm Grey, Onyx Black and Chicane Grey, the Ultra-Lightweight wheels are stealth finished, while a satin carbon fibre finish is applied to the front wing end plates, lower side air intake and the centre of the rear bumper, along with the side intakes, wheelarches, wing mirrors and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake. McLaren Orange detailing is then applied both externally and internally, with brake callipers, embossed leather and stitching all in the heritage colour made famous by the Formula 1™ and Can-Am racers of Bruce McLaren,

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While retaining much of the track-focus and capability of the Coupé, the Club Sport Pack – comprising titanium rollhoop, four point harnesses and fire extinguisher – is not available as an option for the 675LT Spider.

Another key characteristic of any Longtail is exclusivity, and the 675LT Spider is no exception. As with the Coupé, production of the 675LT Spider will be strictly limited to only 500 examples, with first deliveries in summer 2016.

THE STORY OF LT

The story of the McLaren F1 is one of the most famous in automotive history, with the all conquering GTR moving the game on further, worthy of a place in the motorsport hall of fame. After a successful season in 1995 and 1996, McLaren set about raising the bar once more in order to stay ahead of the competition.

While the name and basic architecture remained the same, the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ – or LT – was completely re-engineered from the ground up, and was the ultimate version of the iconic McLaren F1. With enhanced levels of downforce through extended bodywork, and dramatic weight savings, the end result was the most track-focused derivative of all 106 models to wear the McLaren F1 badge.

The McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ raced successfully during the 1997 sports car racing season, including most prominently in the FIA GT championship against specially developed racing ‘prototypes’, and went within a whisker of winning the world title. Notable achievements included victory in the Silverstone 4 hours, the Hockenheim 4 hours, the Spa 4 hours and a 1-2 class finish – 2-3 overall – at the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans. Despite racing against the much quicker LMP cars, only one lap separated the #41 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ from outright victory. The nearest opposition in the GT1 class finished nearly 30 laps behind.

And so, McLaren has done it again. ‘LT’ is now the ultra high-performance brand, re-establishing the McLaren ‘Longtail’ heritage. With two models now wearing the iconic badge, the 675LT Coupé and 675LT Spider embody the ‘Longtail’ ethos, with a focus on light weight, enhanced aerodynamics, increased power, track-focused dynamics and driver engagement.

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