The 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider is offered in the following submodels: 765LT Spider Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM). The 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider comes with rear-wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual.
Meet the 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider, the topless version of the formidable 765LT hardtop coupe. McLaren’s natural order of things is as follows: an all-new model that debuts in coupe form. Within a year the spider convertible arrives.
A couple of years later the high-performance version is released, and then a year or so after its own spider hits the streets. The McLaren 765LT is, of course, the more extreme variant of the 720S, a supercar that remains impressive in its own right.
The 765LT Spider’s arrival thus completes the Super Series lineup, save for some potential special editions. The new model meets and often exceeds expectations.
Those concerned about the loss of performance compared to the coupe really shouldn’t be, but we’ll get to that shortly. With its retractable hardtop, twin-turbo V8, and exclusive status, the new 765LT reminds the world (namely Ferrari and Lamborghini) that McLaren is a force to be reckoned with.
ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION
The mid-engined 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that is also featured in its 720S sibling. While the LT also feeds the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, its mill has been fortified with parts from the Senna.
These upgrades help the Longtail produce 755 horsepower—45 ponies more than the 720S. Its noxious fumes and furious sounds that grow louder the harder its gas pedal is pressed are released through a set of high-mounted exhaust ports.
We estimate that the 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider will hit 60 mph in 2.4 seconds and charge from naught to 100 mph in just 5.0 ticks. The 765LT demonstrates the same preternatural track abilities and communicative feedback that makes the 720S so great.
And our experience with that McLaren has proved the company knows how to tune a chassis and immerse drivers every time they get behind the wheel.
ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
The EPA doesn’t certify fuel-economy ratings for any 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider models, but since we expect the slightly less powerful—and heavier—720S to achieve between 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined, it stands to reason the 765LT will be in the same ballpark.
Because of its exclusive nature, we don’t plan on evaluating this Longtail’s real-world mpg. For more information about the 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
Inside, the 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider shares a design and layout with the detuned 720S. That means its cabin can be customized with a mix of soft-grain leather and faux-suede upholstery as well as myriad color combinations.
However, the LT’s interior has been optimized to reduce weight and boost performance, which in turn reduces refinement. Among the many weight-saving measures are lightweight seats, removed carpet, and thinner-gauge glass.
Still, passenger space and outward visibility remain as excellent here as they are in the 720S. Just don’t forget that climbing in and out of the thing continues to be a pain in the ass and there’s virtually no cargo space.
IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS
A vertically oriented 8.0-inch touchscreen is mounted in between the front-seat passengers. Those who aren’t fanatical about saving weight can opt to have a four-speaker sound system that brings other infotainment features that include Bluetooth connectivity and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider can also be equipped with a powerful Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Of course, the entertainment equipment can be deleted at no cost to ensure the McLaren is as light as possible.
PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS
In place of traditional driver-assistance technology, the 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider serves up useful options that are meant to keep the six-figure supercar scratch-free.
For more information about the 2022 McLaren 765LT Spider’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2021 McLaren 765LT
mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
244 in3, 3994 cm3
755 hp @ 7500 rpm
590 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Length: 181.1 in
Width: 76.0 in
Height: 47.0 in
Passenger volume: 48 ft3
Cargo volume: 13 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3000 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.4 sec
100 mph: 5.0 sec
1/4 mile: 9.9 sec
Top speed: 205 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 15/14/18 mpg