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McLaren 600LT Spider likely to follow coupe

A Spider version of the just-launched 600LT could soon follow the coupe pending demand

At the Australian launch of the McLaren 600LT today, McLaren representatives let CarsGuide know that - pending the success of the 600LT’s run - a 600LT Spider would be ‘likely’.

That would follow on from the previous McLaren ‘Longtail’, the McLaren 675LT, which received a Spider drop-top version after there was overwhelming demand for the coupe.

McLaren wouldn’t commit to numbers for the 600LT, saying it would largely be up to demand and how many cars the company was able to build in the 12-month timeframe it set for itself for 600LT production, but McLaren was keen to ram home that “this will be a rare car.”

While the brand has set itself a 12-month limit on 600LT production, it wouldn't commit to numbers, here or globally. While the brand has set itself a 12-month limit on 600LT production, it wouldn't commit to numbers, here or globally.

As it stands right now, the 600LT is set to start at $455,000 locally, before customers start adding personal touches to it. That’s at least $60,000 more than the 570S on which it is based. 

McLaren has refined the formula so that the 600LT weighs around 100kg less through such features as thinner glass, more extensive use of carbon fibre, lighter brakes and an exhaust system that is so much shorter that it frequently breathes fire. 

It is also claimed to produce far more downforce than the 570S and is 0.3 seconds faster from 0-100km/h (2.7 seconds to 100 now, for anyone interested).

The exhaust on the 600LT is so short it frequently breathes fire. The exhaust on the 600LT is so short it frequently breathes fire.

As to how much a Spider would cost, put that firmly in the ‘unknown’ box, as - if it arrives in Australia - it will be even rarer than its coupe counterpart. Only 22 675LT Spiders out of 500 globally made it to Australian shores, built specifically to customer demand.

While the 600LT is only the fourth ‘Longtail’ the brand has ever made, it could be part of a series going forward, with McLaren representatives also mentioning that ‘LT is it from here on out’ for enhanced versions of the brand’s Sports, Super and Ultimate series cars.

Would a 600LT Spider be your ultimate McLaren, or would you rather see a 'Longtail ' version of the 720S? Tell us what you think in the comments below.