This is the McLaren 600LT​ Spider, the fifth car to earn the Longtail name, the new convertible fully embodies the McLaren​ Longtail philosophy of increased power, reduced weight, optimized aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics and limited availability.

Thanks to its lightweight but incredibly strong carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis, the convertible 600LT retains the structural rigidity of the Coupe with none of the strengthening that is usually required with conventional steel or aluminium structures. The result is a weight penalty of only 50kg over the Coupe, which contributes to a lightest dry weight of just 1,297kg for the Spider - around 80kg down on Scuderia South Africa​'s 488 Pista Spider and 100kg below the 570S Spider this 600LT is effectively spun from.

The 600LT Spider benefits from the same twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre V8 engine at the Coupe, but has had its electronics system retuned, the cooling system uprated and the shorter exhausts tuned to liberate more power. The engine produces the same 441kw and 620nm in the Spider as it does in the Coupe. The powertrain is paired with a Seamless Shift seven-speed dual clutch transmission that features Ignition Cut in Sport mode to facilitate faster changes whilst delivering a dramatic aural crack from the top-exit exhausts, plus Inertia Push in Track mode to optimize acceleration.

The 600LT Spider will reach 100kph from a standstill in 2.9 seconds, with 200kph achieved in just 8.4 seconds – a near-indistinguishable 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupé. The maximum speed is 324kph with the roof raised, or 315kph with it lowered. Speaking of speed, the retractable roof can be operated up to 40kph.

Like the Coupe, availability of the 600LT Spider will be limited, with each car hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre - MPC​ in Woking, Surrey, England. The 600LT Spider is priced from £201,500 (ZAR 3.5 million) in the UK, and will be arriving in South Africa later this year, with McLaren South Africa announcing pricing closer to the launch. That said, expect it to be slightly pricier than the 600LT Coupe which is priced at R5 250 000. #TunedAutomotive #AutoAdvisorZA

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