Following in the footsteps of the F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, 675LT Coupe and Spider, and most recently, the 600LT Coupe, will be a brand new track-focused McLaren. This is also the third new car confirmed under the company’s £1.2bn Automotive Track25 business plan.
The British automaker has already confirmed that potential buyers will need to hurry in order to land this latest Longtail car, seen as how it will have a production run of only 12 months.
What is it though?
All signs point to this being the 600LT Spider, and when we say all signs, we really mean that. For starters, you can see the 600LT inscription on the license plate in the video below. Then there’s the taillight signature, which also matches that of the 600LT.
Last but not least we have this report from back in September, when it was discovered that the 600LT Spider would be introduced as a 2019 model, in turn suggesting that the reveal could happen in the coming months.
What about performance?
This one’s easy. It should be a copy-paste scenario, where you get the same powertrain in the Spider as you do in the Coupe version. This means we should expect a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 unit, producing 600 PS (592 HP) and 619 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque, sending everything to the rear wheels with the help of a seven-speed sequential gearbox.
In a straight line, the 600LT Coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 2.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 2.9 sec), and even though the regular 570S Spider is 101 lbs (45.8 kg) heavier than the 570S Coupe, we don’t expect the 600LT Spider to miss out on anything when it comes to overall performance. Besides, according to McLaren, both the 570S Coupe and Spider are already capable of hitting 60 mph in exactly the same time (3.1 sec).
As for looks, the 600LT Spider will come with more aggressive bodywork, meaning an extended front splitter, lengthened rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing, to go with a flat carbon fiber floor, lighter and stiffer suspension, reduced ride height, widened front track, plus other various aerodynamic improvements. And yes, it will clearly also feature a top-exit exhaust system.