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McLaren 600LT Spider… thereon hangs a long tail

  • Want to do 300km/h – with the top down?
  • Power-to-weight ratio 345.5kW/tonne / 620Nm
  • 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, 200km/h in 8.4
2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress
2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress

LONDON, England – McLaren Automotive has released images and details of the third new model in its R21-billion Track25 business plan – it’s the beautiful the McLaren 600LT Spider – and here are the images…

The automaker says it’s the fifth car to carry the Longtail badge, a convertible that embodies the McLaren Longtail philosophy of more power, less weight, optimised aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics, and limited numbers.

”In addition,” the automaker says, ”it brings a new dimension of excitement over the 600LT Coupé – without compromise – to the dynamic purity of the most performance-focused car in the Sports Series line-up: a retractable hardtop to give the choice of open-air driving.”

2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress
2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress

“This Spider adds a new dimension of excitement to the most extreme model in the Sports Series family but has lost none of the Longtail focus. ”

TOP-EXIT EXHAUSTS

Its said to have taken full advantage of the strength of the carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis to continue with the dynamic abilities and performance of the 600LT Coupé tó add the extra 50kg with no chassis reinforcement needed.

Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, adds: ”It’s also kept the top-exit exhausts (see image)  that debuted on the Coupé – and I’m pleased to report that they sound and look even better with the hard-top roof or rear window of the Spider down!”

SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT-SAVING

It’s push-button power-operation can be invoked at up to 40km/h and a separate motor will lift or drop a glass wind deflector. When lowered, the roof stows beneath a tonneau cover located behind the seats; raised opens 52 litres of luggage volume.

Like the 600LT Coupé, the Spider has a significant weight-saving over the model on which its based – a saving of 100kg* at DIN weight over the 570S Spider. The car’s 1297kg dry weight is said to be at least 80kg less than any direct competitor – ”and the equivalent power-to-weight ratio of 345.5kW/tonne and 620Nm underpins astonishing levels of performance and dynamic prowess”.

2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress
2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress

The electronic control systems of the twin-turbo, 3.8-litre, V8 engine have been revised: the cooling system has been uprated and the shorter exhausts tuned to liberate more power to exploit the 600LT’s carbon fibre monocoque chassis ”to the full”, aided by a dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox that cuts ignition for faster changes with the characteristic sports cars aural crack

The car can make 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, 200km/h in 8.4. Top speed is 324km/h with the roof raised, or 315km/h lowered.

” Ultra-precise, track-focused, handling,” the automaker says, ”is supported by a forged-aluminium double-wishbone suspension with re-calibrated shock-absorbers, firmer engine mounts, and a lightweight braking system.

”It has track-focused Pirelli P- ZeroTrofeo R tyres.”

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The cabin has Alcantara trim on carbon fibre race seats from the McLaren P1 that were  designed for the McLaren Senna (option), either on their own or with an MSO Clubsport Pack.

Further weight-saving options and measures – among them no audio system or aircon -are available for buyers who want to be competitive.

2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress
2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress

Like its sister Coupé the 600LT Spider will be limited in numbers with build slots scheduled around other Sports and Super Series units and hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, southern England.

And, yes, the price… it’s from the equivalent of about R3.5-million (Jan 2019) and if you’d like even more information take yourself to the relevant McLaren pages.

2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress
2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress
2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspress
2019 McLAREN SPIDER CONVERTIBLE: Image: McLaren/Newspresss

 

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