• McLaren will limit the 765LT Spider's production run to just 765 models.
• The 765LT uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that generates 563kW and 800Nm.
• It is 80kg lighter than 720S Spider and only 49kg heavier than 765LT coupe.
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McLaren is well-versed when it comes to producing high-performance supercars, and they've added a new chapter in the form of the 765LT Spider - the brand's most powerful convertible. Availability has been limited to just 765 cars for customer orders worldwide and 2021 allocated units have already been sold.
Its power source is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, and it generates 563kW and 800Nm that propels the supercar - weighing just 1 388kg - from 0-100km/h in just 2.7 seconds while running to a maximum speed of 330km/h.
The Spider sits on lightweight forged alloy wheels that hides the carbon-ceramic brake discs and serves as the necessary stopping power.
Low weight is key
Besides possessing raw speed, the automaker also emphasised weight reduction, with the 765LT being 80kg lighter than the 720S Spider and only 49kg heavier than the 765LT coupe. Other weight-saving components include a titanium exhaust system, Formula 1-grade transmission materials, thinner glass and an electrically-operated, carbon fibre retractable hardtop that lowers or raises in 11 seconds, at speeds of up to 50km/h.
The lightweight theme is carried onto sections like the front splitter, front bumper and side skirts, rear bumper and active rear wing, all of which are made of carbon fibre.
James Warner, Chief Engineer, McLaren Automotive, says: "We've kept the weight delta between 765LT coupe and Spider to an absolute minimum. The exacting development of the RHT and the fact the chassis doesn't need any stiffening ensure that the Spider is in every respect a true driver's car – extremely track-focused and dynamically the equal of the coupe."
Everything from the steering wheel, dashboard and doors are covered in Alcantara leather. The driver can opt to have carbon fibre sport seats fitted that further low the overall weight. For those interested, there is 150-litres of storage space on offer.
The McLaren Special Operations also offers two packages - Clubsport and the LT Black - both of which reduces overall weight and increases circuit performance with even more components.