I live in a region defined by its rainy weather, so the idea of convertibles has never really appealed to me. That said, there’s something essential about the open road and going topless on sunny days, and drop-tops continue to attract their share of supercar enthusiasts. The latest addition to the growing list of covetable supercars is the McLaren 675LT Spider, which builds on the design — and popularity— of the track-focused 675LT (a reference to the “Longtail” moniker of the F1 GTR race cars during the 1990s) with a similarly appealing speedster that doesn’t sacrifice much in its new, open-top form.
A response to “significant customer demand” — all 500 Longtails were snapped up in an instant — the U.K.-based carmaker’s 675LT Spider is powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, which churns out 666 hp at 7,100 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque available at between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm. The Spider does weigh about 89 pounds more than the coupe, but with the engine’s monstrous output and a frame that’s a full 220 pounds lighter than the 650S Spider, it’s nothing to complain about performance-wise. The bad news? Like the hardtop, the Spider will be limited to 500 units and its sticker price will be significantly higher than the Longtail coupe.