How Fast Is the McLaren 765LT Spider?

With its dynamic design and unreal performance, the McLaren 765LT coupe is definitely one of the most recognizable supercars. This mid-engine newcomer races out the gate at less than 3,000 pounds with a growling twin-turbo V8 engine. However, the McLaren 765LT is about to get even better, especially if you prefer convertibles.

The McLaren 765LT Spider follows the 720S model’s lead with the same mechanically-folding roof. This adds 108 pounds of weight to the vehicle, but is it enough to affect its speed? MotorTrend gives us the details.

How fast is the McLaren 765LT Spider?

The McLaren 765LT Spider in blue driving down a country highway near cliffs
The McLaren 765LT Spider | McLaren Automotive Limited

Exact performance specs have yet to be released, but they will probably be nearly identical to the coupe version. The McLaren 765LT can reportedly reach 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, with 205 mph for its top speed. It doesn’t seem to lose momentum either, clearing 124 mph in 7.2 seconds and a quarter-mile in 10 seconds.

The engine itself is capable of 755 hp, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. According to Car and Driver, the steering is responsive and well-weighted, aided by a solid pair of brakes. Testers also opted to get the available Pirelli racing tires for added grip.

In addition to its lightweight construction, the McLaren 765LT can also reach godly speeds because of an add-on aero package. This includes a huge rear wing spoiler to aid with downforce. The carbon-ceramic brakes also provide faster performance without too much degradation after repeated risky maneuvers. This vehicle is also highly susceptible to oversteer, which is why it’s equipped with variable drift control.

The inside of the McLaren 765LT is fairly simplistic, allowing you to focus more on the drive. Fewer interior trappings also ensure that the 765LT keeps its lightweight figure. The handful of safety features on offer might make the 765LT heavier but could be useful for intense situations. One notable feature of the interior is the fold-down roof, which allegedly takes 11 seconds to deploy both ways but only up to 31 mph.

How does it compare to the rest of the Spider lineup?

According to duPont Registry, the McLaren 765LT Spider is the fastest vehicle in the Spider convertible line. The 720S Spider comes close at 2.8 seconds, even with the added weight of the retractable roof. It also comes with the same twin-turbo V8 engine, but this one makes just 710 hp. However, the 720S boasts a slightly higher maximum speed of 212 mph.

The McLaren 720S Spider is also available in both Luxury and Performance variants, the latter capping out at around $329,630. Just like the 765LT, it’s clad in carbon fiber to make it as lithe as possible on the track. The McLaren 570S Spider is slightly more affordable, retailing for around $211,300. Its twin-turbo V8 engine only produces 562 hp, but it’s still just as satisfying to drive as the other Spider models.

How is the McLaren 765LT Spider different from the coupe?

As MotorTrend eloquently puts it, the McLaren 765LT Spider is mechanically just the same as the coupe minus the chopped-off roof. However, the Spider models will be even more limited than the coupe models with a higher price to match. MotorTrend reports the McLaren 765LT Spider will start at $382,500.

For comparison, the McLaren 765LT coupe cost around $375,000 when it was released. Most of these sold out instantly and fetch price tags of over $500,000 on the used market. Act fast when reservations open if you have the means and want to avoid inflation upon the McLaren 765LT Spider’s release.

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