Preview: McLaren 765LT Spider drops the top on hardcore supercar

McLaren last year launched a hardcore version of the 720S supercar known as the 765LT, and the automaker on Tuesday added an open-top version in the form of the new 765LT Spider. The car is the spiritual successor to the much-loved 675LT Spider, and it improves upon its predecessor in almost every way.

While the 765LT may be one of McLaren’s hardcore Long Tail models, the car’s extra length over the 720S actually comes from an extended front splitter as opposed to a stretched rear. The splitter adds 57 millimeters to the overall length. McLaren also increased the track width at the front by 6 mm and lowered the front ride height by 5 mm.

Power comes from the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 fitted to the 720S, though in 765LT grade the engine spits out 755 hp, up 45 hp on the 720S. Peak torque is 590 lb-ft and the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission has been dialed in for 15% quicker in-gear acceleration.