Uncovered documents reveal that a convertible McLaren 600LT is in the works and will arrive in 2019.
We got our first look at the McLaren 600LT last June when the British supercar maker revealed their second “longtail” model of the sports series lineup. Based on the 570S, the 600LT shares the same chassis, engine, and about 77% of components with the earlier sports car, but has some distinctive upgrades that make the 600LT even more track-focused.
To start, the 600LT is 212 lbs lighter than the 570S thanks to even more carbon fiber used throughout the design. The 3.8-L twin-turbo V8 now produces 592 hp--30 more than before--and now shunts exhaust through a set of top-mounted pipes that further reduce weight and further enhance engine noise.
Production begins in October, and although we don’t have a price confirmed yet, you can bet it’ll be higher than the $150,000 570S.
But any good sports car needs to have a convertible version, and McLaren is acutely aware of that fact. According to new documents from the California Air Resources Board (and uncovered by AutoGuide), the British carmaker is planning a convertible version of the 600LT with their usual Spider moniker.
The document certifies the 2019 gas emissions for the 540, the 570S, the 600LT, and the 600LT Spider. That last one had thus far not even been mentioned by McLaren, and this is the first official word that a convertible 600LT is being produced.
So far, we expect the 600LT Spider to be almost exactly the same as the 600LT, only with a soft-top roof. You can expect the convertible to perhaps be a little heavier than the regular 600LT thanks to the magical ability of a carbon fiber roof to actually weigh less than a car with no roof at all, but that’s about the only real difference between the two.
We could see the 600LT Spider debut before the end of the year--perhaps at the Paris Auto Show next month. Or we might not see it until next year.