The McLaren 675LT will make
its world debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show, with a clear focus on
performance, light weight and ultimate levels of driver engagement – all key
attributes of a McLaren ‘Longtail’. Offered as a Coupé only, the 675LT will be
the most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the McLaren Super Series, with
a power to weight ratio that eclipses established rivals, said a press release
from McLaren. The sprint from 0-100 km/h takes just 2.9 seconds, with
controlled torque delivery ensuring optimised traction off the line.
Acceleration continues at relentless pace with the 200 km/h barrier broken in
7.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 330 km/h.
The first images of the car
demonstrate a more aggressive look for the McLaren brand than has been seen
before. Styling cues run from the extended carbon fibre front splitter, through
an extended door blade and additional cooling intake, to the circular twin
titanium exhaust pipes, giving a hint to the performance available for the most
powerful and lightest model in the McLaren Super Series. The active ‘Longtail’
Airbrake is 50 percent bigger than the one fitted to the 650S yet, due its
carbon fibre structure, is actually lighter. This is just one of the
enhancements that add up to a dry weight of just 1,230kg.
More than 50 percent of parts
have been changed in the 3.8-litre V8 engine to deliver increased levels of
power, torque and driveability. Upgrades include new, more efficient turbos,
detail design changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft
and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery
system. These changes are so significant, that the engine unit receives a new,
unique code – M838TL. The low weight, low inertia power unit produces, as the
name suggests, a power output of 675PS and a power-to-weight ratio of 549PS per
The 675LT is as fully
track-focused as it is road legal with around a third of parts modified to suit
this purpose compared with the 650S Coupé and Spider that continue in
production alongside it. Yet, like its
iconic predecessor, the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, from which the LT name is
derived, this is a car that is as exciting to look at as it is to drive. It
also embodies the key attributes of the ‘Longtail’ ethos targeting light
weight, optimised aerodynamics, increased power, track-focused dynamics and
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