McLaren Automotive has just teased their upcoming product launch on 16 January 2019, hinted as the fifth model to carry the Longtail (LT) name. Based on the single teaser image, no doubt the British supercar maker is pointing towards the McLaren 600LT Spider.
Judging from the top mounted exhaust system and engine bay cover that are unique to the 600LT, the new model should be a Spider alternative of the 600LT based on the flying buttress line that cuts the engine bay cover for the retractable roof mechanism.
While the company has not revealed the new car’s official name, we are almost certain that it will be called the 600LT Spider because such a clinical company like McLaren are not the kind who complicate their model line up.
The standard 600LT Coupe is powered by the M838 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 pushing out 600 hp and 620 Nm of torque. Expect the Spider version to have the same century sprint time of 2.9 seconds – equal to the 675LT mind you – but sprint to the 200 km/h a touch slower than 8.2 seconds due to the weight penalty from a folding roof mechanism. Top Speed should also be close to the Coupe’s 328 km/h figure.
What makes the 600LT Coupe the most extreme Super Series is the 100 kg weight savings compared to a standard 570S, lighter and stiffer suspension components from the 720S as well as optimised aerodynamic performance for greater cornering grip and high-speed stability. The Spider version will follow this same ethos and recipe.