Headless horsepower: McLaren blows the roof off its new supercar


Six years in, McLaren’s move into mainstream sportscar production still feels fresh, but also established enough for trends to emerge

One such trend is for a coupé to be followed by an open-top version a year down the line. So it is with the 675 Longtail, the Spider version of which will soon be feted in clinically austere showrooms around the world. 

McLaren are limiting the 675LT Spider to 500 units, with the first due to hit the roads in the summer.

It earns its Longtail badge with a focus of lightweight materials and optimised aerodynamics – or at least as optimised as possible without a full-time roof.

The McLaren 675LT Spider has a bespoke body colour called Solis, from the Latin for sun

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The 675LT Spider features the same 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo powerplant as the coupé. The roof is a three-piece retractable hardtop that stows below a colour-coded tonneau. The Spider hits 200kph in 8.1 seconds, and does the 0-100kph sprint in 2.9 seconds. With a top speed of 326kph, that’s not so much wind-in-the-hair as rip-your-wig-right-off.

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Some wonderfully moody promotional literature for Ducati’s new XDiavel appears to suggest that the latest masterpiece to come out of Bologna targets the key demographic where hipster meets outlaw. Quite possibly something is lost in translation.

You certainly get the idea, though: XDiavel is aimed at the cruiser market, so cue advertising featuring long, empty roads in the American West and granite-jawed men staring wistfully into the middle-distance.

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Is Ducati’s latest a retro rider or future cruiser?

 Ducati insists on calling it a “technocruiser”. Despite not being built for the sort of high-speed, knee-down antics one associates with Ducati, the XDiavel comes with the full suite of electronic management tools, including riding and power modes, ABS, DTC, plus daylight running lights, cruise control and keyless ignition.

Low-slung with a long wheelbase, it also shows off plenty of exposed frame with its naked design. The XDiavel might look like a throwback to the 1960s, but it’s a thoroughly 21st-century machine.


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