McLaren Automotive reveals the 765LT Spider, its most powerful convertible supercar that brings highest-ever levels of driver engagement to the McLaren LT experience. Only 765 cars will be available globally for customer order.
The 765LT Spider weighs in at just 1,388kg (DIN weight), which is 80kg lighter than a 720S Spider. Its minimal 49kg weight increase is due to the retractable hard top and accompanying operating mechanism. The electrically operated, one-piece carbon fibre Retractable Hard Top (RHT) enables open-top motoring in just 11 seconds and operates at speeds of up to 50km/h.
The great performance of the new Spider is enhanced by three factors: the stability of its MonoCage II-S structure, the game-changing design of its one-piece Retractable Hard Top roof, and the determination of McLaren engineers to continue the company’s philosophy of super-lightweight engineering.
The Spider version of the carbon fibre MonoCage II – designated MonoCage II-S – was developed alongside the coupe monocoque and shares most of its structural elements, including the windscreen surround. Carbon fibre structural supports at the rear of the car are fully bonded into the chassis to provide rollover protection.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 765PS and 800Nm of torque. Transmission gear ratios have been revised for even greater engagement and performance; in-gear acceleration is 15% quicker than a 720S Spider, helping the new Longtail to achieve the fastest lap times ever posted by a convertible LT model. The 0-100km/h time often seen as a benchmark figure is 2.8 seconds (0-60mph is 2.7 seconds), with 0-200km/h (124mph) taking 7.2 seconds. The new LT Spider takes 10.0 seconds to travel 400m (¼ mile) from standstill and the car’s maximum speed is 330km/h (205mph).
The package of aerodynamic measures developed for the 765LT coupe is also the one used in the Spider, which benefits from the same 25% increase in downforce over the 720S as the coupe. The key aero difference is the calibration of the elongated Longtail active rear wing, the angle of deployment of which is influenced not only by the need for a different setting for driving with the roof lowered, but also by the fact that the Spider’s rear profile differs from that of the coupe.
The supercar’s bespoke brakes, wheels and tires improve dynamic feedback and driver engagement. The latest-generation carbon-ceramic discs were combined with calipers from the McLaren Senna to provide precise pedal feel and astonishing stopping power. The 765LT Spider also features the Formula 1-inspired integrated caliper cooling, decreasing brake pad temperatures by up to 50 degrees during track driving and ensuring consistent feel and performance.
The 765LT Spider is fitted with 10-spoke Ultra-Lightweight forged alloy wheels, with a unique tire engineered by McLaren and its technical tire partner, Pirelli, specifically for this car.
The cockpit of the 765LT Spider is focused around the driver. A stirring menu of lightweight features and racing-inspired components blends with generous room, excellent ergonomics and exquisite materials to create a truly unique supercar experience. The carbon fiber-shelled race seats are trimmed in lightweight Alcantara® and provide superb support from an outstanding driving position.
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) offers an almost limitless choice of personalization for the new supercar. There are two MSO Defined packs available for the 765LT Spider – the Clubsport Pack and the LT Black Pack. The MSO Clubsport pack reduces overall weight and increases circuit performance. The MSO LT Black Pack provides the vehicle with external technical components – tonneau, front splitter, rear bumper and diffuser, air intakes and door mirror casings – all finished in Gloss Black.