McLaren‘s lean and mean 765LT Spider has officially touched down in Australia.

    Priced at $684,900 before on-road costs, it’s $75,250 more expensive than its sold-out 765LT Coupe sibling.

    Like the name suggests, there will be just 765 examples of the 765LT Spider made.

    The McLaren 765LT Spider is powered by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine as the coupe and produces 563kW of power and 800Nm of torque. It can do the same 0-100km/h sprint time of 2.8 seconds as the coupe, and has a top speed of 330km/h.

    This V8 engine features a flat-plane crankshaft and dry sump lubrication. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with drive sent to the rear wheels only.

    With a kerb weight of 1388kg, the 765LT Spider is 80kg lighter than the 720S Spider. This is primarily thanks to thinner windows, a lithium-ion battery, titanium exhaust, reduced amenities, and lighter suspension and wheels.

    As there’s no additional body bracing, the 765LT Spider is only 49kg heavier than the 765LT Coupe. McLaren attributes this to developing the monocoque of the 765LT Spider alongside the coupe’s.

    The McLaren 765LT Spider rides on 19-inch at the front with 245/35 Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tyres, and 20-inch wheels at the back with 305/30 tyres.

    Providing the stopping power are a set of 392mm carbon ceramic discs up front with six-piston Monobloc calipers, with 381mm discs at the back with four-piston calipers.

    The 765LT Spider’s one-piece, carbon-fibre hardtop can be electronically raised and lowered in 11 seconds, and can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h.

    McLaren says its McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division “has an almost limitless choice of customisation” for the 765LT Spider.

    For those who hate having too many choices, MSO offers two “defined packs” for the 765LT Spider: the Clubsport Pack and LT Black Pack. These both “reduce overall weight and increase circuit performance of the vehicle”.

    There are also a range of exterior carbon fibre packs that change the front, bonnet and rear air intakes, side mirrors, front splitter, lower rear bumper, side skirts, and exterior B-pillar cover to carbon fibre, obviously.

    The McLaren 765LT Spider is eligible for the McLaren Extended Warranty program locally, which can be purchased in 12- or 24-month periods until the vehicle is 10 years old.

    All new McLaren models come with a three-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty as standard though.

    The McLaren 765LT Spider joins the British automaker’s range of supercars that includes the 720S Coupe, 720S Spider, 765LT Coupe, and the hybrid Artura.

    It also offers a sports car called the GT that’s aimed at being more practical, yet is still powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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