McLaren has unveiled the MSO Carbon Series LT, a version of the 675 LT Spider that has been given the carbon fiber treatment. Around 40 percent more carbon fiber has been added to the model, which has a gloss finish that McLaren says gives it "a brutal beauty."
The British marque explains that the MSO Carbon Series LT was created as a result of demand from customers who saw its carbon fiber-bodied P1 displayed at the Geneva Motor Show recently. The design, by the Special Operations bespoke division of McLaren, has focused on keeping weight to a minimum and optimizing aerodynamic performance.
There are lots of parts of the 675 LT Spider that are already made of carbon fiber. These have been pulled across to the MSO Carbon Series LT and include the front bumper and end plates, front under body, side skirts, side intakes, lower side intakes, rear bodyside lower, rear fenders, rear deck, rear bumper, diffuser and Longtail Airbrake.
The MSO Carbon Series LT sees gloss-finished carbon fiber also applied to its electrically retractable roof and tonneau, A-pillars, bonnet and rear deck, side blades, complete front and rear wings and fuel filler flap. Elsewhere, it also has the three-camera McLaren Track Telemetry pack fitted as standard and front wings with GT3-inspired louvres.
Under the bonnet, the MSO Carbon Series LT has the same 3.8-l twin turbo V8 as the Spider and Coupé versions. To optimize it for this model, the powertrain has been updated with new components, including more efficient turbos, a new camshaft with lightweight connecting rods and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system.
Despite this, power and torque figures remain unchanged, at 675 PS (666 hp) 700 Nm (516 lb ft) between 5,000-6,500rpm, respectively, and the vehicle still does 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in a seat-pinning 2.9 seconds. The top speed remains the same as the Spider and a touch below the Coupé at 326 km/h (203 mph).
The MSO Carbon Series LT is scheduled to go into production later this year, with the first deliveries expected to be made by the end of the year. Only 25 of the MSO Carbon Series LT cars will be made available globally. McLaren hasn't disclosed pricing yet, but, given the £285,450 (US$415,600) cost of the Spider, we can safely assume that it's eye-watering.
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