Australian specs and pricing have been confirmed for the 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider which will kick off at $496,000 plus on-road costs, a hefty $44K over the coupe.
Keen buyers should note, McLaren’s local operation is expecting less than 50 units of the 600LT will reach Oz split between the coupe and convertible.
Power comes from the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 441kW of power and 620Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends drive to the rear wheels.
Acceleration is on par with the coupe, the 0-100km/h dash takes an identical 2.9 seconds, while the 0-200km/h takes 8.4 seconds. The top speed is 324km/h with the roof in the raised position or 315km/h when it’s lowered.
Speaking of the roof, it’s an electrically-operated, three-piece folding hard top with soft-close technology. It can be opened in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 40km/h.
The 600LT Spider uses McLaren’s unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis. Unlike most of its rivals, there is no need for additional strengthening on the convertible body of the Spider as removing the roof does not compromise structural integrity. The dry weight is 1297kg, only 50kg more than the coupe.
Under the carbon-fibre bodywork is a forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension system with recalibrated dampers, sharper steering set-up, firmer engine mounts and a lightweight braking system.
The new 600LT Spider also gets bespoke Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tyres optimised for track use.
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