We’re not sure what McLaren is trying to say here with its new video promo featuring the 675LT. Set amongst an airstream trailer, a dog and a payphone, the McLaren endures the rain on outskirts of a town. The dog, like the McLaren, barks wildly before it is unleashed, setting off towards the city illuminated in the distance.
Is this symbolic of the 675LT’s breaking away from the confines of the road, able to tackle the track as well as the street? Is the heavy weather in the commercial indicative of its performance in the wet? Maybe the hidden back story is about someone reduced to living in a trailer after spending all their money on a supercar that was just stolen? It’s probably one of those things where you take away your own meaning from it.
What we do know is that the McLaren 675LT joins the 650S in the Super Series, the middle of McLaren’s three tiers of vehicles. The new longtail, inspired by the F1 GTR that was elongated for the 1997 GT1 Championship, can produce 40 percent more downforce than its Super Series sibling. It can also sprint from 0 to 62 in 2.9 seconds, thanks to its twin turbo 3.8-liter V8, which produces a beastly 666 horsepower and 516 pound feet of torque. This is all routed through McLaren’s seven-speed sequential gearbox.
Many of the other show stoppers that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show have released footage of them on the track, or stylized videos that demonstrate their performance capabilities. The McLaren 675LT doesn’t do any of these things, instead putting out something that mirrors how we feel about the car: It’s beautiful, it’s mysterious, it looks like its up to no good, and we sure as heck want to be involved.