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McLaren finds its design mojo with drop-dead gorgeous 675 LT Spider

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Thing of beauty: McLaren 675 LT Spider
Thing of beauty: McLaren 675 LT Spider
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Thing of beauty: McLaren 675 LT Spider
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Thing of beauty: McLaren 675 LT Spider
The Spider is 40 kg heavier than the coupe because of its roof mechanism
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The Spider is 40 kg heavier than the coupe because of its roof mechanism
Those wheels are the highlight of the whole design in our opinion
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Those wheels are the highlight of the whole design in our opinion
McLaren has cranked the 650S styling up a notch with the 675LT
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McLaren has cranked the 650S styling up a notch with the 675LT
The Coupe might be more slightly more focused, but we'd bet the Spider is more fun thanks to the extra noise
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The Coupe might be more slightly more focused, but we'd bet the Spider is more fun thanks to the extra noise
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McLaren has sometimes been criticized for designing its cars with too much focus on aerodynamics and science; for not tugging at the heartstrings like Ferrari, or offering something crazy like Lamborghini. Not so the new 675 LT Spider. This convertible thing of beauty has shot straight to the top of our list of stylish supercars. Just look at those gorgeous wheels!

When Gizmag took a look around the 675 LT Coupe earlier this year, we were taken aback by how visually different it was from the 650S it's based on. The Convertible is no different, taking the 650S Spider and turning it into an aggressive, drop-top tearaway.

Up front, an extended splitter and more efficient underbody pull the car to the road at high speeds, while the carbon fiber side sills direct air into the radiators cooling the its 3.8-liter V8. Down the back, there's a massive carbon fiber diffuser that works in tandem with the longer rear spoiler to generate downforce.

The Spider is 40 kg heavier than the coupe because of its roof mechanism
The Spider is 40 kg heavier than the coupe because of its roof mechanism

Besides the lack of a roof, one of the main differences between the Spider and the Coupe is the wheels on offer. McLaren's press shots show the convertible LT sitting on lightweight 20-inch wheels that look absolutely incredible – so incredible we're hard pressed to think of a nicer set of wheels in production at the moment.

If, for some crazy reason you're not quite as keen, the wheels from the 675 LT Coupe are also available on the Spider.

You might have noticed the words "carbon" and "fiber" have been used a lot in this story. That's because McLaren has gone all out with the lightweight weave in its attempts to make the LT more focused and faster than the regular 650S. Thanks (in part) to the liberal use of carbon fiber, the 675 LT Spider is 100 kg (220 lb) lighter than the 650S Spider, weighing in at just 1,270 kg (3000 lb).

This means the 675 LT Spider is just 40 kg (88 lb) heavier than the Coupe. Because the car's MonoCell chassis is so rigid, there's no need for heavy structural reinforcements to make sure the convertible is solid and safe – the only thing that makes the convertible LT heavier than the coupe is its roof mechanism. For the sake of comparison, the Ferrari 488 GTB uses a more conventional construction and weighs 50 kg (110 lb) more than its Coupe variant.

Those wheels are the highlight of the whole design in our opinion
Those wheels are the highlight of the whole design in our opinion

Power comes from the same 3.8-liter V8 that's hiding under the 675 LT Coupe's hood. That means you've got 497 kW (666 hp) and 700 Nm of torque on tap, enough to slingshot the car from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and then on to 200 km/h in 8.1 seconds. Although that's 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupe, we'd bet on the convertible owner having more fun on the way thanks to the extra noise that you're exposed to with the top down.

And if a top speed of 326 km/h (203 mph) isn't fast enough to ruffle your toupee, we're not sure what is.

Just like the Coupe, the new 675 LT Convertible features a front track that's 20 mm wider than the 650S, as well as sitting on new lightweight springs that are 27 percent stiffer at the front and 63 percent stiffer at the rear to cater for the LT's extra downforce.

The Coupe might be more slightly more focused, but we'd bet the Spider is more fun thanks to the extra noise
The Coupe might be more slightly more focused, but we'd bet the Spider is more fun thanks to the extra noise

On the inside, McLaren has kitted the car out with carbon shelled buckets and has removed the air conditioning system as part of its track focus. If you're keen on driving your 675 LT Spider in hot conditions or just can't bear the thought of the cabin ever going over 18.5 degrees, you can cop a 16 kg weight penalty and have the system reinstalled.

So, how much is the drop-top 675 LT going to cost you? Er, quite a lot – £285,450 (US$431,814) to be precise. And you'd better get your order in quickly, because only 500 will be built globally.

Below is McLaren's launch film for the 675 LT Spider.

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The McLaren 675LT Spider

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3 comments
owlbeyou
Man, that's an outrageously gorgeous machine! The metallic lime/yellow paint scheme is unusual and flatters the car's curves. I don't share the author's enthusiasm for the wheels, and would choose the ones on the coupe, but I still want one!
TomDalton
Another Hotwheels toy lookalike. Paint color from Mexico.
Daishi
Mainstream sports cars are already fast enough but they are still behind supercars in looks. Dodge would probably sell more Hellcats if they weren't hideous. Maybe the Ford GT and Honda NSX will look better.