Geneva 2015: McLaren 675LT


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In the last decade or so, we have seen more road cars come out of McLaren than ever in it’s entire history. The boys over at Woking have shown the world that they are serious when it comes to making fast cars on and off the track. At the moment, their roadcar lineup consists of the wonderful 650S and the monstrous P1. McLaren has now released the 675 LT, which splits the difference between the 650S and the P1 in terms of price point and performance. While I doubt that anyone who has ever driven a McLaren 650S thought that it needed more power, McLaren decided to add more power because why not?

The 675 LT may look like a 650S but there is quite a lot that has been improved. Firstly, McLaren’s ubiquitous 3.8L twin turbo V8 has been given a thorough rework by the engineers. It receives new turbos, new cylinder heads, new exhaust manifold, a lightweight titanium exhaust, lightweight camshafts and connecting rods, and a faster flowing fuel pump and injectors. All this means that the 675 LT will produce 666 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, the 675LT is also 100 kg, or 220 lbs, lighter than the 650S, which equates pretty favourably in terms of performance. McLaren is claiming that the 675LT will accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, 0-124mph in 7.9 seconds, and on to a terminal velocity of 205 mph.

The aerodynamics of the 675LT are also quite impressive. The name “LT” stands for Long Tail, a nod to the McLaren F1 Long Tail racecars from the 1990’s. There is a whole new rear end on the car compared to the 650S. This time there is a retractable spoiler that spans the whole width of the car, as well as a pair of massive circular exhausts that protrude from the center of the rear. The 675LT also receives a new front splitter. McLaren says that all this amounts to 40% more downforce than the 650S    .

Production of the McLaren 675LT will be limited to only 500 units. McLaren says that the car will start at about $350,000 USD when it releases for sale in July. Here is a first look video live from the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show:

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