Hooked on carbon: McLaren unveils MSO Carbon Series LT

Published: 08 June 2016

► Limited-edition 675LT Spider
► Features more carbonfibre
► All 25 already accounted for

McLaren’s MSO division has unveiled another limited-edition model, dubbed the Carbon Series LT. It’s based on the 675LT Spider and features 40% more carbonfibre body components than the regular model. Predictably, all 25 that are due to be built have already been snapped up. 

The decision to produce a Carbon Series LT was made following a wave of customer demand after the launch of the visually bespoke carbonfibre P1, which was unveiled at the Geneva motor show earlier this year.

So, what’s different?

A whole host of body parts and panels have a gloss finish, which reveals the carbonfibre weave underneath. Treated parts include the standard LT carbonfibre components, like the rear deck, bumpers, side skirts and diffuser. 

Compared to the standard LT, however, the Carbon Series benefits from a carbonfibre bonnet and rear deck, carbonfibre wings and A-pillars, and a carbonfibre fuel flap. 

The Carbon Series gets a gloss-finished carbonfibre roof and tonneau cover, too, completing the look. Buyers will also get McLaren’s telemetry pack, including three cameras, as standard. 

It didn’t take long for all of those to sell…

You’re not wrong. It’s no surprise really, given that both the Coupe and Spider versions were snapped up quickly. For those with the necessary, another opportunity to buy an LT – and one that’s less common than others – was probably jumped at. 

Performance wise, it’s unchanged, featuring the same 666bhp twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8. It grants the 675LT a 0-62mph time of just 2.9sec, while the 0-124mph sprint is dispatched in a blisteringly quick 8.1sec. Top speed? 203mph. 

Unfortunately, for regular Spider owners, a retrofit Carbon Series package is unavailable – due to ‘significant additional development work by the team of MSO craftsmen’.

McLaren will start building the MSO Carbon Series LT in autumn, and the first cars are expected to be delivered before the end of the year.

Fancy a more accessible McLaren? Have a read of our 570GT review

Carbon-clad McLaren 675LT Spider

By Matt Bell

Former digital intern at CAR