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McLaren 600LT Spider due next week

The drop-top version of McLaren's 600hp Longtail will be on sale for just 12 months

By Sam Sheehan / Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Prefer to experience your lightweight McLarens with a little less protection from the elements? You might want to take note of the company's next product, the 600LT Spider, which - as far as we can tell from a new teaser image and video - is due for reveal on January 16th.

Although the brand has not confirmed anything at this stage, history suggests a 600LT Spider will come with the same focused chassis setup as the coupe and incorporate a retractable folding hardtop, as used by the 570S Spider.

That, of course, means the Spider will be weightier than the regular Longtail model, but thanks to its use of a Monocell II tub, the added mass should be limited to the electric mechanism and its surrounding gubbins, since no additional structural strengthening is needed. If the Spider gains 46kg like the standard 570S Spider did, the drop-top 600LT would weigh 1,402kg (DIN).

With that in mind, the Spider's performance statistics will almost certainly be in line with the coupe's, as is the case with the 570S and its convertible alternative, which interestingly makes up 60 per cent of sales of that car. The 600hp 3.8-litre V8-powered 600LT can hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 204mph, meaning this lightweight Super Series model is a match for cars in the segment above, such as the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Although McLaren's teasers do little more than show the lines of a retractable hard top and a pair of skyward-pointing exhaust exits, the company's previous form suggests we shouldn't expect any departure from the coupe's design - aside from that new lid, of course.

Production of the new car - which is the third to arrive under McLaren's current Track25 business plan - will be limited to 12 months, like the coupe. Prices are likely to start close to the £200,000 mark, which would make the Spider about £15k pricier than the coupe and only a couple of grand more expensive than the less focused Huracan Evo. A comparable bargain, then. If you can get onto the order list, that is.

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