McLaren has showcased a new hard-top convertible version of the 675LT, which goes on sale in Europe around April next year. Weighing just 40 kilograms more, the convertible almost keeps up with the coupe in terms of performance.
The 675LT Spider uses a three-piece carbon fibre roof that weighs similar to the hard top and the extra bulk comes mainly from the folding mechanism. The car uses the same 3.8-litre V8 engine producing 666bhp and 700Nm and does not use any additional strengthening, since the new roof is equally rigid.
The performance figures are pretty similar to that of the 675LT coupe; the convertible gets to 100kmph in 2.9 seconds and the top-speed is just 3kmph less at 327kmph. Purely on performance, the 675LT rivals the soon to be launched Porsche 911 Turbo S convertible, but costs a lot more with the price starting at 2,85,450 Pounds (Rs 2.89 crore).
Only 500 units of the McLaren 675LT Spider will be offered with an official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. McLaren is yet to make an official debut in India, but we are hopeful that something will happen soon, since its biggest rivals including Ferrari and Lamborghini have now set up showrooms here.