McLaren 600LT Spider Arrives on American Shores
The 600LT Coupe is sold out. But you can have the convertible …
Customers in the United States can now order the 600LT Spider, which has a starting price of $256,500. McLaren will produce the 600LT Spider in limited numbers. This is why, it appears, the company has touted the vehicle as a collectible item. “The 600LT Spider carries the Longtail story on to its fifth chapter, and in time will become just as legendary as the 675LT,” says McLaren’s Jolyon Nash, per Car Scoops. “And as the first Sports Series Spider to carry the coveted badge, it is set to be one of the most sought-after McLaren cars in years to come.”
The McLaren 600LT is based on the McLaren 570S and it features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a 7-speed automatic gearbox, which sends the power to the rear wheels. The monocoque of the 600LT Spider is made from carbon-fiber and the supercar sprints from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds. The 600LT Spider has a top-speed of over 200 mph.
McLaren is based in Britain and consequently, the company has been facing challenges related to the Brexit referendum. However, in FY-2018, the revenue of the McLaren Group Limited – which includes the McLaren Automotive, the McLaren Racing and the McLaren Applied Technologies companies – increased by 44 percent to $1.56 billion (£1.2 billion). The company still lost $78 million (£60 million). However, the McLaren Automotive segment grew its sales by 46 percent, to 4,863 units. And the EVO magazine voted the McLaren 600LT as its Car of the Year 2018.
Similarly, Goodwood-based Rolls-Royce had a successful 2018 as well. In fact, the ultra-luxury marque posted record sales last year. And not to forget, Mercedes-AMG Formula One team, which won the championship last season, also is based in England. This suggests that, contrary to popular belief, Britain still is one of the leaders in automotive engineering and manufacturing.