The McLaren 600LT Spider Sure Looks Lovely

Top exit exhausts and a roof that goes down? Sign us up.

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The McLaren 600LT is one of our favorite new supercars. It takes everything we love about the 570S, like its light weight, communicative steering, and just overall balance, and makes it lighter, communicativeier, and even more balancey. Those are all words, right?

Now, there's a Spider version of the 600LT, which we could have predicted when the coupe was released, and it seems like it'll be just as fun to drive, just now with the chance to have your hair messed up by speed. And before you make a joke, I don't mean the drug, but the physical act of driving quickly.

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Weighing in 110 pounds heavier than the coupe, thanks to the folding roof, the LT Spider has a dry weight of 2879 pounds. Expect that fluids will add a couple hundred pounds to that, but that's still impressive, and lighter than pretty much everything it competes with.

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The added weight hasn't really impacted performance, either. The spider and coupe both hit 60 in 2.8 seconds, and it takes 8.4 to hit 124, 0.2 slower than the coupe. That's such a small difference that you won't notice. And if you claim you can, you're lying. Top speed is 196 MPH with the top down, 201 with the roof up. That's not quite on par with the coupe, which has a 204 MPH top speed.

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Other than some additional storage below the tonneau that covers the hardtop, the 600LT remains the car we know and love. It can produce the same 220 pounds of downforce at 155 MPH, has the same 3.8 liter, 592 horsepower, 457 lb-ft V8, the same gearbox, and the same, excellent, lovely, flame-spitting, top-exit exhausts.

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Those exhausts make an argument for buying the LT Spider on their own. First, you get to hear even more of them, which can only be a good thing. Second, on cold nights, perhaps the flames they spit will provide some extra warmth as you're driving.

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But then there's a question: What's the need for a track-focused roadster? It surely won't be as hardcore as the coupe and likely won't be allowed on many race tracks, at least not with the roof down. Why does it exist? I know I asked the question, but luckily I can also provide an answer. What a world, right? McLaren will sell every one it can build and then some. That alone makes an argument for it to enter production.

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Starting at $256,500, the 600LT Spider is available to order from your local McLaren dealer, which you certainly have, today. Be sure to there early to beat the rush!

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