McLaren is adding yet another Longtail variant to its expanding stable of supercars, the new McLaren 600LT Spider maintains all of the amazing performance of the fixed roof car, but now with the option to show a little more face when cruising down the avenues. Thanks to the wonders of its carbon MonoCell chassis, the 600LT hasn’t needed any more strengthening to compensate for the lack of a fixed roof, the end result being a modest 50kg premium over the coupe, all of which comes from the three-part folding hard-top and its various mechanisms.

McLaren’s wisely not altered the formidable powertrain from the Coupe. The 600LT convertible keeps the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 produces 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, increases of 30 hp and 14 lb-ft. Zero to 60 mph is the same at 2.8 seconds while the tear to 124 mph now takes 8.4 seconds, or 0.2 seconds slower than it’s hard-topped brethren. Keep that accelerator matted, and you’ll soon arrive at the top speed of 201 mph.

Thanks to its strong carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis, the 600LT Spider retains the same structural rigidity as the Coupe, also gets many of the same aerodynamic upgrades from the 600LT coupe, helping generate more downforce to stick the car to the track.

Pricing in the U.S. starts at $256,500, while UK customers will spend upwards of £201,500, including taxes. As for what it will cost you in other markets, here are the official prices: €250,000 in Germany and Austria, €256,500 in Italy, €255,000 in Belgium and 278,500 CHF in Switzerland.

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