Despite denying its existence, McLaren has just unveiled the brand new 2016 McLaren 675LT Spider. As the name implies, the new model is a droptop variation of the track-focused 675LT and promises to outperform even the Ferrari 488 Spider.

The 675LT Spider is the fastest open top ever created by McLaren and just like the coupe, will be restricted to 500 units globally and has been produced due to significant customer demand for a 675LT convertible. In creating the car, the automaker has followed the exact same philosophy as with the coupe; more power, less weight and most importantly, a far superior driving experience.

McLaren 675LT Spider top viewa

Powering the McLaren 675LT Spider is the same modified 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 as the hardtop. Figures remain unchanged meaning it delivers 666 hp at 7100 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque between 5000 and 6500 rpm. Importantly, the engine of the 675LT Spider, just like the coupe, isn’t simply a tuned version of the 650S powerplant. In fact, it has new exhaust manifolds, custom turbochargers, a bespoke fuel pump and delivery system, lightweight connecting rods and a new camshaft.

As with the coupe, the 675LT Spider manages to shed 100 kg over the ‘standard’ 650S Spider, meaning it tips the scales at a featherweight 1270 kg, easily making it the lightest car in its class. When it is all said and done, it will accelerate to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, 200 km/h in 8.1 seconds, just 0.2 seconds slower than the hardtop. The top speed sits at a blistering 326 km/h.

Visually, the car remains identical to the coupe albeit with its inclusion of a folding hardtop. As such, it is available in the same colours as the coupe including the Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey shades introduced for the 675LT. The Spider variant is also available in a new golden colour (pictured here) dubbed Solis. A bespoke set of tightly-spoked wheels are also offered for the 675LT Spider.

Elsewhere across the exterior one will find a selection of matte carbon fibre aerodynamic elements from the bold front splitter, through to the new side skirts and enlarged air intakes and right back to the overhauled rear fascia.

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