Hitting 324km/h with the top down.

The inevitable challenge any car production company has with creating an excellent hard-top convertible is minimising the necessary weight required for the mechanical function of bringing the roof up or down. The McLaren 600LT Spider faces this challenge head-on and, we can only hope, succeeds triumphantly in doing so.

Last year we had the pleasure of driving the original McLaren 600LT around the deserts of Palm Springs, California. We know the coupé inside and out, that's for sure. The only difference between that release and the McLaren 600LT Spider is the option of removing the roof and the addition of a substantial 50kg to the car's overall curb weight.

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the fifth in a successful lineage that holds the 'Long Tail' name. This prestige can be summed up in a single succinct sentence on behalf of the British automaker themselves:

This ethos embodied includes a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine and - almost miraculously - the McLaren 600LT Spider goes 0-100 in 2.9 seconds, which is just as quick as its non-convertible predecessor. Furthermore, buyers can expect to hit a whopping top speed of 324km/h. All that power is transferred to the top-exit exhausts, which make for a pretty light show - especially with the top down.

The McLaren 600LT is a shit hot looking package and we can't wait to drive it. In the meantime, drool over this teaser below:

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