The wraps are finally off the serially-teased McLaren 675LT, the sportiest model in what the company now calls its “Super Series” line.
Set to make its public debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 675LT is a more extreme version of the 650S, and a tribute to the “Longtail” McLaren F1 race cars of the 1990s.
Those cars got their name from a stretched wheelbase,but McLaren opted for different aesthetic changes in the 675LT.
The new model features an air brake that’s 50 percent larger than the one on the 650S, but since it’s made from carbon fiber, it is actually lighter. A carbon fiber splitter, side sills, and revised side air intakes help the 675LT produce more downforce while still slicing through the air efficiently.
All of that carbon fiber also helps the car maintain a curb weight of just 2,711 pounds, and there’s plenty of power to push that around.
As previously revealed, the 675LT uses the same twin-trubocharged 3.8-liter V8 as other McLaren models, here tuned to a devilish 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It exhales through a titanium exhaust system with two cannon-like ports in the center of the rear bumper.
McLaren says the 675LT will do 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 7.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 205 mph.
The interior is basically a starker version of the 650S’, with the most notable addition being a pair of carbon fiber-shelled bucket seats modeled on the ones used in the McLaren P1. Nearly everything is covered in Alcantara.
When it goes on sale in limited numbers later this year, the 675LT will join the 650S and Asian-market 625C in McLaren’s “Super Series.”
The boastful name is meant to distinguish this line from the upcoming “Sports Series,” a less-expensive model that will be unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show in April.