McLaren's 675LT is leaner, harder, but still easy to love
There are horses for courses and supercars for every buyer but if you're looking for something that is dripping with technology and is laser focuses for track performance.
And if you have about a half a million dollars to spend, this could be the car for you.
Or it could have been the car for you if they hadn't all been sold already.
It's the McLaren 675 LT, one of just 500 that will be made and this is how it sounds Is extra.
The 675LT is a stretched, lightweight, high performance version of what has become McLaren's mid-level supercar, the 650S.
The LT is a reference back to the long-tailed version of McLaren's amazing F1 GTR in the late 90s.
Many of the changes are to the rear-mounted twin turbo V8.
It's the same basic lump as the 650S, but with revised internals and tweaked turbos.
The result is a power output living up to its name 675 metric horsepower.
That's a spooky 666 horsepower if you prefer old world numbers.
That improved output is helped by a lightweight titanium exhaust and there are plenty of weight loss measures on display.
The car is built around a carbon fiber monocoque like every other McClairen the carbon is used even more extensively like on that mass of rear wing which is bigger, yet lighter.
And this [UNKNOWN].
I like the way it continues here in the interior.
I'm trying to squeeze into this light weight carbon fiber so I can see that it doesn't offer much in the way of adjustability.
I've had to make some adjustments myself to squeeze in here.
I use to have a racecar and I swear that thing was more comfortable than this is.
But I'm sort of all sorts of [UNKNOWN].
The glass Has been shaved by a millimeter to save a couple of pounds.
And McLaren engineers have thoughtfully deleted the air conditioning from this car, although you can add it back in if you like to, which might be a good idea on those hot track days.
Materials are fantastic, there's carbon fiber, alcantara, titanium.
If you love materials this is a really great place to be.
If you were to take all of McLaren's road cars and put them on a ladder the 675 LP would slide in one rung beneath the epic T1 and in fact it looks a lot like big brother it's nearly as long it's just about as wide and that front nose certainly looks pretty familiar.
That massive front splitter is definitely a strong statement of track day intent.
Open up the doors and you can see the exposed carbon fiber monocoque which does make egress a little bit of a challenge.
We've got two huge air intakes, that feed the heart of the beast, sitting in the back nestled in a web of carbon fiber on display for the world to see.
Now of course, being a McLaren, all of this is done with purpose.
The car's organic shape is meant to cut through the wind, not punch a big hole in it.
And many of the aerodynamic tweaks made here over the 650S are for exactly that purpose.
From the side plates on the nose to that big new wing in the rear, the car generates an additional 40% more downforce than the 650S.
It's up 220 pounds lighter than the 650S and with more power Or the 675 LT will do the 0 to 60 sprint, in just 2.9 seconds.
It'll continue on up to 205 miles an hour, if you have more road than I have at my disposal at the moment.
[SOUND] It's really only when you start fiddling with the suspension and the engine modes, that this car comes alive.
Set the suspension to track.
Set the engine to track.
Suddenly that engine node which is kind of droning and annoying in town [NOISE].
Really starts to come alive.
The handling is amazing, you feel every crease in the pavement, the steering is light but good.
And while the throttle response is a little bit vague thanks to those twin turbos.
The wall of torque they deliver is unbelievable.
[SOUND] This is a car that was meant to be driven hard, or not driven at all.
[SOUND] So let's say you somehow manage to find yourself a 675LT that you can buy, but before Before you do you want to know what competition you should consider.
Well, at a starting price of $350,000 you're in big boy super car territory here.
Probably the most direct competitor would be the Ferrari F12 one of my personal favorites.
The Berlineta does make a hundred more horse-power than the McClaron but it also weighs some 600 pounds more.
The LT is definitely gonna be the faster car on the track, but day to day livability, that F12 is gonna be a lot more comfortable.
You can also consider the Lamborghini Aventador which also makes more power and brings all wheel drive to the table.
But while the Lamborghini is a lovable big brute, it's a bit of a sledgehammer compared to this car which, Much more of a scalpel, like a carbon fiber scalpel.
And what about options?
Our car carried some $50,000 worth, mostly to do with carbon fiber bits and pieces, like the exterior intake, and the mirrors.
There's additional carbon fiber trim in the interior too.
The car features a $4,600 track camera, which overlays race telemetry on an HD video feed.
It also has the $5000 nose lift system which you will definitely need if you want to protect that big front splitter.
You can also choose things like alarms and parking cameras which we would definitely recommend.
All in all, this car is very nicely equipped and isn't light years above its base price, but its base price isn't exactly lacking.
[NOISE] The 675LT is not a car for everybody, And that's not just because McLaren's only gonna build 500 of the things.
It's loud, it's noisy, the brakes squeal and it's not particularly comfortable.
And honestly, it doesn't look that different from the far less expensive and rather more commonplace 650S.
So if you're looking for a car that The screams exclusivity for the masses.
This might not be it.
But you see, McClaren builds cars for people who appreciate the details.
People who love engineering and who see computation fluid dynamics as an art.
People who only find value in form When form doesn't compromise function.
This car is a great implementation of those ideals.
And if those ideals fit within your life, and if this car fits within your budget, then you should consider yourself very lucky.
I wish that it fit in In mind.
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