The McLaren 765LT Spider offers extreme performance without a roof

Kenneth John Updated: July 28, 2021, 09:36 PM IST

McLaren Automotive has unveiled the McLaren 765LT Spider in an attempt to add yet another ground-breaking vehicle to their exclusive, luxury, high-performance supercar line-up. The new Spider is McLaren's most powerful convertible supercar to date, and it elevates the McLaren 'Longtail' experience to new heights of driver involvement. Engineered in conjunction with the essential McLaren Longtail characteristics - minimised weight, track-focused dynamics and optimised aerodynamics, the car has all class-leading attributes that the coupe has to offer.

The sporty and aerodynamic DNA of the coupe has been carried through and only a 49kg weight gain  - largely due to the retractable hard top's working mechanism, the car has a dry weight of 1388 kg. Most of the structural components of the Spider's carbon fibre MonoCage II, including the windshield surround, were designed alongside the coupe monocoque. The front splitter and front floor, side skirts, front and rear bumpers, and rear diffuser are all made of carbon fibre, however, the active rear wing is calibrated for roof up/roof down positions.

The Mclaren 765LT Spider's 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine pushes out 765PS and 800Nm of torque, giving it a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 598PS per tonne. The gear ratios have also been tweaked for even more engagement and performance and in-gear acceleration is 15 per cent faster than on the 720S Spider. The Spider has an exceptional aero performance as well, with class-leading downforce 25% greater than that of a 720S Spider. The car is said to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds and will go touch 200km/h in 7.2 seconds. The new LT Spider takes 10.0 seconds to cover the quarter-mile and will top off at 330km/h.

The convertible roof is an important part of the construction, with a carbon fibre frame within the retractable hard top panel that closes to form a full carbon fibre shell. Headroom is enhanced since it is a single-piece panel with no central seal, and the roof panel's longer length allows the tops of the A-pillars to be further forward, improving the impression of spaciousness. The Mclaren 765LT Spider rides on 10-spoke ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels as standard, with bespoke Pirelli P ZeroTM Trofeo R tyres designed by McLaren's technical partner. These are further highlighted by the 6-piston at the front and 4 pistons at the back carbon-ceramic discs.

Only 765 of these masterpieces will be produced and will have a starting price of £310,500. All cars for the 2021 production run are already sold out.

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