Skip to main content

McLaren’s 675LT debuts with 666 hp and cannons for exhaust

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.

Editors' Recommendations

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
McLaren shares its proven recipe for the ultimate supercar
The 2018 McLaren Senna's performance credentials will make your jaw drop
2018 McLaren Senna

McLaren just published its instructions for cooking up what it claims is the ultimate supercar. Named for iconic Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, the 2018 McLaren Senna's impressive ingredient list promises an experience to savor on race tracks or public roads.

If you're going to make soup, first choose the pot. In McLaren's view, the best "pot" for the Senna is a carbon fiber Monocage III chassis surrounded by carbon fiber body panels. So right off the bat you know four things: The car will be stiff, strong, relatively light, and light-year level expensive. Any time you add carbon fiber anything to a feature list, you also have to add at least one decimal place to the price.

Read more
This mint condition McLaren F1 belongs in a museum, but it could be yours
McLaren F1

Before the Bugatti Veyron, there was the McLaren F1. The pinnacle of automotive innovation during the 1990s, the F1 was designed to be the perfect driver’s car, and it was. Its body was crafted from carbon fiber, and like true royalty, its engine bay was lined in gold. The F1’s influence is still felt 25 years later; in fact it’s still one of the fastest cars in the world.

Just 64 street-legal examples of the F1 were built, and perhaps the best-preserved example on the planet — car number 60 — is currently for sale in Derbyshire, England. Listed by classic car purveyor Tom Hartley Jr., this Dandelion Yellow F1 has just 149 miles on its odometer, a number McLaren confirms as the distance covered during the predelivery test. In other words, it’s effectively unused. The vehicle has never been registered, and it still wears its factory protective wrapping. This is as mint as it gets, folks.

Read more
McLaren Invincible shield body armor protects human organs with F1 car tech
McLaren Invincible Shield Body Armor

F1 race car technology may someday save your life. McLaren Applied Technologies' Project Invincible developed a protective shield for a private client to guard vital organs following surgery.

You may associate McLaren with supercars bearing the same name or the McLaren Honda Formula 1 racing team.

Read more