Convertibles have long sat second chair to their coupe equivalents, compromising on things like lateral stiffness and aerodynamic efficiency for the sake of a breezy drop-top design. However, in recent years, the gap has closed considerably — to the point that many automakers are now producing ‘verts that are virtually identical to fixed-roofs in performance.
McLaren’s latest creation — the 765LT Spider — is a perfect example. For starters, it’s the most powerful convertible the British automaker has ever built, making 755hp and 590lb-ft of torque courtesy of its 4.0L twin-turbo V8. What’s more, it incorporates a host of race-grade components to ensure that its added structural integrity doesn’t result in undue weight. So, in addition to a cutting-edge carbon fiber body and folding roof, it also boasts a Formula 1-grade transmission, a lightweight titanium exhaust, and some thinner glass — all of which means that it comes in a mere 108lbs heavier than the hardtop. Rounded out by an advanced aero package (producing 25% more downforce than the 720S Spider), some bespoke electronically-controlled suspension, and a set of fancy forged alloys, it’ll match the standard 765LT in acceleration, taking 2.7s to 60mph before climbing to 124 in just 7.2. Limited to 765 models worldwide, it’s available starting at $382,500.