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12 of McLaren's finest spiders have arrived in America

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The McLaren 600LT Spider's run has come to an end. The company has allocated 12 of them for the U.S. and 11 of them are currently spoken for.

The final run features a unique McLaren Special Operations (MSO) design that was inspired by a venomous arachnid, Segestria Florentina, earning them the official name McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSO. McLaren has given the models the nickname "Spider Spider".

McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSO The long green lines on the exterior of the car are inspired by spider fangs.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

The design theme features twin Napier Green stripes that run from front to back that designers say represent the green fangs of the venomous spider. Its black body is represented by the Borealis black MSO Defined paint. The paint is designed to shimmer with deep green, purple and claret undertones as the position of the light around the car changes.

Further design features include MSO Bespoke Napier Green brake calipers; 10-spoke lightweight forged wheels in gloss black; a web motif in Napier Green on the rear wing and door mirrors, and pinstripe detailing on front fender, side skirt, and rear diffuser vanes.

The car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 that produces 592 bhp and 457 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

It has a forged aluminum double-wishbone suspension system with recalibrated dampers, firmer engine mounts and a lightweight braking system. It rides on bespoke Pirelli P- Zero Trofeo R tires.

McLaren 600LT Spider Segestria Borealis by MSOT The model features green accents on its interior that match those on the exterior.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

The car's retractable hardtop can be can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph.

The models all come standard with the MSO Clubsport Pack, which includes Super Lightweight carbon fiber racing seats, a carbon fiber interior upgrade, lightweight titanium wheel bolts and MSO Defined Gloss Visual carbon fiber front fender louvres all feature as standard.

The car's cabin continues the bold accents with MSO Bespoke bright green stitching and webbing design on the Alcantara trimmed racing seats, unique headrest embroidery, steering wheel stitching, and 12 o'clock highlight mark.

McLaren has also given the car a Bowers and Wilkins 12-speaker sound system, McLaren Track Telemetry, rearview camera, parking sensors, volumetric alarm upgrade, and vehicle lift to allow the nose of the car to be raised when required.

McLaren is pricing the model at $275,500. The remaining model is now available for purchase.

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The final versions of the McLaren 620R have been delivered to the U.S.

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McLaren recently shipped its last Sports Series cars to the U.S., marking the end of production of the popular models that have been staples of the luxury carmaker's lineup for the last half-decade. Over 8,500 cars were sold globally.

The Sports Series debuted in 2015 with the 570S, and also included the 540C, 570S Spider, 570GT, 600LT coupe, 600LT Spider, and 620R. The final examples of the series were built at the company's Woking, U.K. headquarters at the end of 2020. The 620R was the last off the line.

The McLaren 620R is a road legal version of a race car. It's based on the McLaren 570S GT4 and uses motorsport technology without the restriction of racing regulations. It is the most powerful Sports Series model ever, with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 producing 611 brake horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

Final examples of the McLaren 620R

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The 620R shares aerodynamic hardware with the 570S GT4, creating 408-pounds of downforce at 155 mph. It can handle the road (and you can hear it coming) thanks to its wider track, carbon ceramic brakes and center locking wheels, and low-exit stainless steel sports exhaust.

"As the McLaren range has matured, we've tailored our North American model line-up to closely match customers' requirements, with a car suitable for every personality," explained Tony Joseph, President, McLaren, the Americas. "Limited-numbers models with the highest levels of performance – cars like the 620R, which feels like a race car on the street or at a track day - are in demand not only because of the driving experience they offer but because they have even greater exclusivity. You can see how this has played out with the 765LT as well, with all of the available volume sold."

Of the 225 examples of the 620R produced, only 70 were slated for the North American market. All North American 620R models come with a special MSO upgrade package that features a gloss finish Visual Carbon Fibre roof with a roof scoop to maximize engine intake and exhaust sound, MSO Defined gloss finish carbon fibre roof cantrails and the McLaren Track Telemetry system with lap time function and three cameras to record on-track performance.

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The McLaren Artura was unveiled earlier this year.

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The McLaren Artura is quicker than a Porsche 911 off the line, but still not as fast as the Tesla Model X Plaid. The hybrid supercar has had its acceleration figures verified with its zero to 60 mph time coming in at 3.0 seconds. The Model X Plaid gets there in 2.5 seconds and the911 Carrera 4S Coupe takes 3.5 seconds.

McLaren also divulged its figures for acceleration to longer distances:

  • Zero to 124 mph: 8.3 seconds
  • Zero to 186 mph: 21.5 seconds
  • Standing quarter-mile: 10.7 seconds

The car's time to 124 mph makes it slower than the McLaren Senna and 765LT by several seconds. Lotus brags that its Evija all-electric hypercar can hit 186 mph from a standstill in a blistering 9 seconds. The Artura's quarter-mile time makes it as quick as a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The car has an electronically-limited maximum speed of 205 mph.

The Artura uses this electric motor to help it set its performance marks.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

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"The McLaren Artura's all-new, super-lightweight electrified powertrain is at the cutting-edge of high-performance-hybrid technology, engineered to offer all of the advantages of internal combustion and electric power in one package and establish new benchmarks for combined performance and efficiency in the supercar class," said Geoff Grose, Chief Engineer, McLaren Automotive. "The 'clean-sheet' design of the Artura has allowed us to focus on how to make this power accessible to the driver and deliver the levels of engagement expected from a McLaren."

The Artura gets its power from a newly developed twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that generates 617 brake horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The engine is 110 pounds lighter than the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that's in other McLarens. The engine is paired with an electric motor and a 7.4 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery.

The battery pack is nested in the car's architecture and takes just 2.5 hours to charge from zero to 80 percent under the perfect charging conditions. The automaker says that the battery can be charged up to 80 percent in "minutes" under "normal driving conditions". McLaren backs the battery with a six-year/50,000-mile warranty.

Drivers can adjust how the car's electric motor is deployed to prioritize range or power, or choose to shut off the internal combustion engine altogether and run on electricity only.

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