The McLaren Longtail just a got a new big brother and he’s bigger, tougher and more intense than anything we have ever seen. The 675LT Spider was revealed along with five other new models at McLaren Automotive in 2015.
The impressive line-up included McLaren P1 GTR, 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé, and the fixed-head 675LT Coupé -- reinforcing the impressive McLaren’s Super Series range. So if you had a spare $372,600 USD and you acted fast, you may have been lucky enough to be one of the 500 customers who are set to get their hands on this limited edition.
It is easy to see why this model flew off the shelves. The 675LT Coupe appears weightless as it uses uncompromising technology and aerodynamics to make it the fastest and most thrilling open top model to date.
There’s no need to stop the vehicle if you want the roof down. Even travelling at speeds of 30km/h (19mph), the three-piece retractable folding hardtop can be opened, allowing you to really appreciate the aerodynamics of the car.
The first Longtail introduced in the late 1990s had an emphasis on weightless and refined performance. The 675LT Spider continues this theme with extensive use of carbon fibre throughout the bodywork.
For continued aerodynamics, like the 675LT Coupe, it has a larger splitter and end plates, front under body, side skirts, side intakes, lower side intakes, rear body side lower, rear fenders, rear deck, rear bumper, diffuser and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake are all carbon fibre.
The powertrain and chassis are lighter, culminating in a dry weight of just 1,270kg. This makes the 675LT Spider 100 kg lighter than the 605S Spider resulting in dramatic power-to-weight figure of 532PS per tonne. The chassis is already strengthened by the carbon fibre MonoCell meaning more weight savings.
675LT Spider is only 40g heavier than the Coupe due to the retractable roof system.
If you prefer the exterior paint pallet of the 675 Coupe, the same is also available in the Spider which has also seen the new Chicane Grey, Napier Green, Delta Red and Silica White paint finishes. If you want Spider exclusivity, then look no further than the Solis paint scheme. ‘Solis’ is Latin for sun.
The colour is rich and regal and enhances its exclusivity as it’s only available to the open top 675LT Spider. If you like detailing then opt for the Club Sport Professional Pack which uses carbon fibre to enhance existing features. With an impressive choice of wheel finishes from Titanium Silver, Storm Grey, Onyx Black and Chicane Grey, you are spoilt for choice.
The front wing end plates have a satin carbon fibre finish lower side air intake and the centre of the rear bumper, along with the side intakes, wheel arches, wing mirrors and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake. The striking McLaren Orange colour is woven inside and out of the car, harking back to the Formula 1 and Can-Am racers of Bruce McLaren – the brake callipers and embossed leather and stitching detail throughout.
Whilst we have focused on the similarities between the Coupe and the 675LT Spider, there are some differences. Firstly, there is a clear lack of the Club Sport Pack which consists of four point harnesses, fire extinguisher and titanium roll hoop.
These features have been dispensed with for weight saving purposes. But as with all Longtail vehicles, exclusivity is the name of the game. Just like the Coupe, a mere 500 examples of the 675LT Spider will be produced. A delivery date of summer is expected for this small elite group of satisfied car owners.