New McLaren 765LT Spider Unleashed

Renowned worldwide for the exclusive, luxury, high-performance supercars on which it has built its reputation over the past decade, McLaren Automotive today reveals another landmark model: the 765LT Spider.

McLaren 765LT Spider - Studio image with the roof down - profile

Complementing the 765LT ‘Longtail’ coupe unveiled last year – all of which are sold – the new Spider is McLaren’s most powerful-ever convertible supercar and brings the highest-ever levels of driver engagement to the McLaren LT experience. Engineered in addition with the other core attributes intrinsic to any McLaren Longtail – minimized weight, track-focused dynamics, and optimized aerodynamics – the 765LT Spider has all of the class-leading abilities of the coupe and also meets the LT demand for exclusivity: just 765 cars will be available globally for customer order.

Carrying over the coupe’s dynamic and aerodynamic DNA with no structural compromise and only a minimal 49kg weight increase – primarily from the retractable hardtop and accompanying operating mechanism – the 765LT Spider weighs in at just 1,388kg (DIN weight), which is 80kg lighter than a 720S Spider and circa 100kg lighter than its closest comparable competitor.

McLaren 765LT Spider - high rear 3/4

The electrically operated, one-piece carbon fiber Retractable Hard Top (RHT) enables open-top motoring in just 11 seconds and operates at speeds of up to 50km/h, bringing the dramatic soundtrack of the quad-exit titanium exhaust system into the cabin to take driver engagement into another dimension.

As we continue to build the LT sub-brand with the introduction of the new 765LT Spider, it’s clear that our customers are increasingly attracted to the Longtail supercar proposition of exhilarating, extreme performance and limited availability. With all 765 examples of the 765LT coupe sold, it’s no surprise that as we publicly announce our new LT Spider, production capacity for 2021 is already filled.

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

The immense performance and dynamic prowess of the new Spider – already proven in the 765LT coupe – are enhanced by three compelling factors: the stability of its MonoCage II-S structure, the game-changing design of its one-piece Retractable Hard Top roof, and the ongoing determination of McLaren engineers to pursue the company’s philosophy of super-lightweight engineering.

The Spider version of the carbon fiber MonoCage II – designated MonoCage II-S – was developed alongside the coupe monocoque and shares most of its structural elements, including the windscreen surround. Such is the strength and stiffness of the structure that no additional bracing is required over the coupe – another weight-optimizing factor. At the rear of the car, carbon fiber structural supports are fully bonded into the chassis to provide rollover protection.

The convertible roof design plays an integral role in the structure, featuring a carbon fiber frame within the Retractable Hard Top panel and creating a full carbon fiber shell when closed. There are also additional comfort benefits for occupants – because it is a single-piece panel with no central seal, headroom is improved, while the extended length of the roof panel allows the tops of the A-pillars to be further forward, enhancing the sense of space and easing ingress and egress.

Like every LT, the new Spider is designed to excel on the track, however, the extra dimension of theatre and drama offered by the convertible roof also makes it an even more immersive and compelling car to drive on the road. With the same highly evolved aerodynamic package as the coupe – although with active rear wing calibration revised to reflect whether the roof is up or down and a recalibration of the dampers to account for the minor increase in weight – the Spider matches the coupe’s outstanding aero performance in every respect, with class-leading downforce 25% greater than that of a 720S Spider.

Performance is ferocious, the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 765PS – giving the 765LT Spider a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 598PS-per-tonne at the lightest dry weight – and 800Nm of torque. Transmission gear ratios have been revised for even greater engagement and performance; in-gear acceleration is 15% quicker than a 720S Spider, helping the new Longtail to achieve the fastest lap times ever posted by a convertible LT model.

The 0-100km/h time often seen as a benchmark figure is 2.8 seconds (0-60mph is 2.7 seconds), with 0-200km/h (124mph) taking 7.2 seconds. The new LT Spider takes 10.0 seconds to cover 400m (¼ mile) from standstill and the car’s maximum speed is 330km/h (205mph).

A McLaren ‘Longtail’ is engineered to deliver not only incredible performance but also the highest levels of driver engagement. The 765LT coupe set new benchmarks in maximising a driver’s connection with the car and the Spider builds on this, adding the additional engagement factor of open-air driving to give direct access to the scintillating sound of the titanium exhaust – a pleasure that thanks to the electrically operated rear window can also be enjoyed with the retractable roof in place.

Jamie Corstorphine, Director of Product Strategy, McLaren Automotive

The most powerful McLaren convertible ever and the latest and most engaging addition to the brand’s Longtail lineage can be ordered now from McLaren retailers. Pricing is from £310, 500* and availability is limited to just 765 cars for customer orders worldwide, with 2021 production already all sold.

Engine configurationM840T engine, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3994cc
Drivetrain layoutLongitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power PS (bhp/kW) @ rpm765 PS (755/563) @ 7,500rpm
Torque Nm (lb ft) @ rpm800 (590) @ 5,500rpm
Transmission7-Speed SSG. Comfort, Sport and Track modes
SteeringElectro-hydraulic; power-assisted
ChassisCarbon fibre MonoCage II-S monocoque with aluminium front and rear crash structures
SuspensionIndependent adaptive dampers, dual aluminium wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II). Comfort, Sport and Track modes
BrakesCarbon Ceramic Discs (F: 390mm R: 380mm) with forged aluminium brake calipers (6-piston front Monobloc; 4-piston rear)
Wheels (inches)Front: 9J x 19; Rear: 11J x 20
TyresPirelli P-ZERO™ Trofeo R tyresFront: 245/35/R19 93Y (XL)Rear: 305/30/R20 103Y (XL)
Length, mm (inches)4,600 (181)
Wheelbase, mm (inches)2,670 (105)
Height, mm (inches)1,193 (47)
Width, with mirrors, mm (inches)2,161 (85)
Width, mirrors folded, mm (inches)2,059 (81)
Width, without mirrors, mm (inches)1,930 (76)
Track (to contact patch centre), mm (inches)Front: 1,659 (65.2); Rear: 1,617 (64)
Lightest dry weight, kg (lbs)1,278 (2818)
DIN Kerb weight [fluids + 90% fuel], kg (lbs)1,388 (3060)
Ramp angle, degrees (with vehicle lift)6.93 (8.88)
Luggage capacity, litres150/58 (under tonneau)

McLaren 765LT Spider Performance data

0-97km/h (0-60mph)2.7 seconds
0-100km/h (0-62mph)2.8 seconds
0-200km/h (0-124mph)7.2 seconds
0-300km/h (0-186mph)19.3 seconds
0-400m / ¼ mile10.0 seconds
Maximum speed330km/h (205mph)
200-0km/h (124mph-0) braking, metres (ft)108 (354)
100-0km/h (62mph-0) braking, metres (ft)29.5 (96.8)

McLaren 765LT Spider Efficiency

CO2 emissions, g/km WLTP EU (combined)280
Fuel consumption, WTLP EU I/100km/UK MPG
Fuel consumption, US mpg

McLaren 765LT Spider Warranty

Vehicle (years/miles)3/unlimited
Roadside assistance (years)3
Body perforation corrosion (years/miles)10/unlimited

*Pricing varies by market – £310,500 is UK price

Note: Press release courtesy of McLaren Automotive.