Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Spider’s a top Christmas present... for 2016

HOW do you fancy this for Christmas? Not this Christmas, I hasten to add, because as with all

HOW do you fancy this for Christmas? Not this Christmas, I hasten to add, because as with all supercars, even if you have the cash, there is always some kind of waiting list.

But in this case the car maker is only going to turn out 500, so why worry? Even if you had the cash you probably would not be one of the lucky ones.

But if you have a few bob north of £285,000 to spend on a car then you might consider this — McLaren Automotive has revealed the latest chapter in the history of the iconic “Longtail” name with confirmation of the 675LT Spider.

A strictly limited edition as noted, it is only the second model to wear the LT badge. This latest model comes less than a year since the first model in nearly 20 years resurrected the name — and is in response to significant customer demand.

The 675LT Coup&erave; focused on light weight, enhanced aerodynamics, increased power and track-focused dynamics, and this limited-run model quickly sold out before the first deliveries began.

Sharing these key characteristics, McLaren Automotive now presents the most focused, fastest and exhilarating open-top model ever to sport a McLaren badge.

The 675LT Spider, priced at £285,450, is the fifth new model debuted by McLaren Automotive in 2015 in what has become a defining year for the British brand.

This latest model joins the McLaren P1â GTR, 570S Coupè and 540C Coupe, and the fixed-head 675LT Coupe as new to the line-up, and further strengthens the Super Series range.

Under the skin of the 675LT Spider sits the heavily revised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powertrain from the coupé sibling, ensuring performance figures are worthy of the LT — or “Longtail” — badge.

The power output and torque figures remain unchanged, with 675PS (666bhp) delivered at 7,100rpm and 700Nm (516lb ft) available between 5,000-6,500rpm.

The changes to the powertrain saw more than 50 per cent of the components replaced to ensure optimised levels of power, torque and driveability.

These include new, more efficient turbos, detail design changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system.

Acceleration from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) takes just 2.9 seconds, and 200km/h (124mph) is achieved in 8.1 seconds — giving away only 0.2 seconds to the more aerodynamically optimised and lighter coupé.

Controlled torque delivery in first gear manages torque to 600Nm (443lb ft) to ensure maximum acceleration, and minimising wheel slip. Top speed is 326km/h (203mph).

Despite these blistering performance figures, the 675LT Spider returns 24.2mpg on the EU combined cycle, while CO2 emissions remain at 275g/km — the same as the coupé.

A three-piece retractable folding hardtop can be opened at speeds up to 30km/h (19mph) to allow for a new level of open-air exhilaration.

As standard, the 675LT Spider is fitted with 10-spoke Ultra-Lightweight forged alloy wheels — 19-inch at the front, 20-inch at the rear — and P Zeroâ?¢ Trofeo R tyres, developed for the 675LT models in collaboration with technical partner Pirelli.

These are the lightest wheel and tyre set ever offered by McLaren. Two Super-Lightweight wheel options are optionally available; a new 20-spoke design, offered in liquid metal or diamond cut finishes, and the five-spoke Super-Lightweight design which debuted on the coupé.

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