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THE McLAREN 675LT: POWER. A BEAUTIFUL THING
- Light weight, optimized aerodynamics, increased power, track-focused dynamics and driver engagement – all characteristics of a McLaren ‘Longtail’
- 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds; 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.9 seconds; top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h)
- 220.4 lbs (100kg) weight savings makes the 675LT the lightest in its class, and gives a power-to- weight ratio of 4 lbs per hp (549PS per ton).
- Stripped out, driver focused interior hints at the performance of the most track-focused, yet road legal, McLaren series production model to date.
- Limited production to 500 coupes, all of which are sold out
The McLaren 675LT, which debuted in production form at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, is the lightest, most powerful, fastest and most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the McLaren Super Series and resurrects one of the most revered names in modern-day GT racing – the ‘Longtail’. It is also the most exclusive in the range, with confirmation that 500 coupes will be produced, all of which are now sold.
The 675LT, the first McLaren in nearly two decades to wear the LT – or ‘Longtail’ – name, stays true to the spirit of its iconic predecessor with aerodynamically optimized, dramatically enhanced styling that results in
40 percent more downforce than the 650S it sits alongside in the McLaren Super Series.
‘The Longtail is a famous name in the history of McLaren, first used on the fastest version of the iconic
McLaren F1,’ explains Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Officer. ‘The McLaren F1 GTR
‘Longtail’ was the final highly successful iteration of the F1 and it is an appropriate name for the most exhilarating and driver-focused version of the Super Series. The 675LT is the purest distillation of what McLaren stands for – pure driving pleasure.’
The main focus for the 675LT is clear: to deliver maximum performance, engagement and excitement. To achieve this, weight has been reduced by 220.4 lbs (100kg) through the increased usage of carbon fiber – the signature material of McLaren – and by lighter components throughout, including newly developed suspension geometry derived from the McLaren P1™, resulting in an increased track of 20mm. Power of the newly-developed M838TL 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine is 666hp (675PS) at 7,100rpm, with a torque figure of 516 lb ft (700Nm) at 5,500-6,500 rpm.
These extreme weight saving measures leave the 675LT with a dry weight of just 2,712 lbs (1,230 kg), meaning a power-to-weight ratio of 541 hp (549PS) per ton. The sprint from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes
2.9 seconds, with controlled torque delivery ensuring optimized traction off the line. Acceleration continues at relentless pace, with the 124 mph (200 km/h) barrier broken in 7.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h). Despite these remarkable performance figures, the 675LT returns 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100 km) on the EU combined cycle, and CO2 emissions remain the same as the other Super Series models, at
New carbon fiber bodywork minimizes weight and optimizes aerodynamic performance with the addition of a newly designed front splitter, Formula 1™-style nose end-plates and larger ‘Longtail’ Airbrake. Additionally, the rear deck is also new. These bodywork changes contribute to a significant increase in downforce levels, up 40 percent over the already extremely aerodynamically-efficient 650S.
The 675LT is fitted with adjustable settings for both Handling and Powertrain through the Active Dynamics Panel rotary switches. While this system is shared with other models in the McLaren range, the Normal, Sport and Track settings are uniquely calibrated to the 675LT and are designed to provide the most engaging and track-focused experience.
The body changes, all driven by aerodynamic needs, increase the design drama. Front ride height is reduced while the track is widened. Handling is optimized through a stiffer and lighter suspension setup, which includes uprights and wishbones derived from those fitted to the McLaren P1™. The adjustable suspension settings have been recalibrated, boosting driving engagement, road holding and agility. Fitted as standard, Ultra-Lightweight 10-spoke forged alloy wheels are the lightest design ever offered by McLaren, saving a combined 1.75 lbs (800g) over the lightest wheel design previously offered.
Though noticeably faster, the 675LT also retains much of the 650S’ astonishing usability and practicality. While designed to be even more at home on the track, it is still a highly capable road car with little compromise to comfort levels. The cabin is upholstered in lightweight Alcantara® and features a four- speaker Meridian hi-fi, Sirius satellite radio and a satellite navigation system as standard. In the pursuit of minimal weight and to suit its purposeful intent, air conditioning has been removed, but can be specified as a no cost option.
The driver-focused and minimalist environment is designed to be ergonomically optimized with minimal distractions for the driver. The uncluttered driver zone is void of steering wheel-mounted switches, with clear and concise displays on either side of the larger rev counter. Extended carbon fiber gearshift paddles are mounted on a rocker behind the steering wheel. Inspired by those fitted to the McLaren P1™, these are produced from carbon fiber for the first time on the Super Series.
The 675LT’s pair of lightweight carbon fiber-shelled bucket seats are modelled on those in the McLaren P1™ and are upholstered in Alcantara® and embossed leather. These reduce weight by 33lbs (15kg) and improve the connection between car and driver. Carpet and sound deadening materials are limited within the cabin, further reducing weight.
‘The 675LT is the closest thing there is to a McLaren P1™,’ explains Mike Flewitt. ‘It is always so engaging and dramatic, and alongside the McLaren P1™, it’s the most extreme expression yet of McLaren road car engineering.
‘Though brilliant on the track – and likely to be extensively used on track days – the extra engagement and performance is immediately obvious when driving on the road, even at low speeds.’
The 675LT is offered as a coupe only and limited to just 500 examples worldwide. Priced at $349,500
USD, all have now been sold, with first deliveries scheduled to begin in July.