The McLaren 675LT Spider is 98% Hypercar, 100% Awesome
The McLaren 675LT Spider is 98% Hypercar, 100% Awesome
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The McLaren 675LT Spider is 98% Hypercar, 100% Awesome

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As a person you develop at your own pace, learning new skills and becoming an all-around better human as you go. Cars do something similar, albeit with human assistance You start with the base product, develop it and improve. McLaren started with the MP 412-C and graduated it to the 650-S, a wonderful car. However, not all people or things are created equal, some ascend above the pinnacle. This is one such car, the 675 LT Spider. [MUSIC] [SOUND] 675LT Spider isn't just an upgrade of the 650S, no. This thing weighs 100 kilos less. That brings the weight down to 1,270 kilos, which isn't more than a Ford Fiesta ST, a car with less Just a third of its power. Also a third of the components in here are different from what you get on the 650-S. Its engine is a tweaked version of the same 3.8 liter V8 you get in all new McLarens, only this time you get 666 [UNKNOWN] horsepower, or 675 metric horses, and 516 pound foot. That said, in first gear, you get to reduce 443 pound-foot to reduce slip. McLaren says it will hit 62 from rest in 2.9 seconds and get up to 124, again from rest, in 8.1. Its top speed is 203 miles an hour. Now those engine tweaks aren't actually Tweaks. 50% of the engine is different. You've got modified cylinder heads and new lightweight [UNKNOWN] rods and things like that. Basically, they've managed to free up the extra power within the engine by changing many things in many complicated ways. Now, what about all that LT stuff? Well, LT stands for Long Tail, which is a McLaren thing. The first LT was the F1, McLaren only made a few of them. They're name derived from their long tails, obviously. The LT in the 675's name, well, it's more of a [INAUDIBLE] Of intent than an actual thing. I mean, yes the 50% bigger wing slash air break thing is a little bit longer and the new exhaust do poke out a little bit further. However, it's not really that long in the tail. But, it is like the original long tail. super powerful, super fast, and super rare. The spider came about because the LT [UNKNOWN] customers couldn't get enough of them. It was limited to 500 units, as is this. And they're all gone. So sorry if you wanted one. You want hardcore, well you've got it. To get rid of that 100 kilos, Mclarens used carbon fiber pretty much everywhere, so that new splitter at the front, the side skirts, the wing. As ever, the Mclaren carbon mono sail is here and interestingly, even though they took the roof off, they didn't need to add any extra tensioning because this tub is so damn strong. There is a weight difference between the coupe and the spider and that's 40 kilos and the reason So that's 40 kilos is because that's how much the roof mechanism weighs. On the wheels front you've got 19 inches up front, 20s on the back, all [INAUDIBLE] are rubber. Nice and gritty as well, all kinds of wonderful. Now there are a number of wheel options you can have. The ones that are on here are the lightest weight of all of them, that helps get that extra 100 kilos Off of the car's curb weight. As does losing the air conditioning. You can have it back as a no cost option but if you want you lightest weight car imaginable then I'm afraid you're going to have to live with that. the front gets light weight springs and a 20mm wider track. Spring rates have been upped 27 at the front and 63% at the rear giving it a better rear balance and. A 40% increase in downforce over the 650 S Spyder. Inside, all the hardcoreness continues with lightweight seats, carbon fiber everywhere, and a bunch of [UNKNOWN] to make you feel all special. There's no doubt that this is a pretty impressive bit of kit and you can do a fair bit to it thanks to the wonders and many options packs of the boys at MSO. So then, 675LT Spider. What do you like? Unbelievably fast, so fast. The noise this thing kicks out, the power, the torque it has. It flies down the road and it's a really beautiful linear acceleration. You know there is turbo there. You know they work talking with you. But the don't shove you, they're not aggressive. [LAUGH] [BLANK_AUDIO] So I haven't had an enormous amount of time to get my head around this but each time I was going around a certain corner I was just going a little bit quicker, 5kph, 10kph [UNKNOWN] And with each time, my face was moving a little bit further out. Like that. And I looked a little bit like a jelly man. The G you can pull in this thing. You can go round a corner at pretty much any speed you like. This feels less like a road car and more like an actual racing car. But it's still somewhat civilized. Yes, it is noisy because that engine and those exhausts are amazing. They make such a good noise. I love the sound this car makes. The manual shifts on the panels are really violent. They do snap you forward. It's an aggressive bit of kick. It really is. It feels fantastic! Bang! Up shift! Just jolts you forward, lets you know what it's doing. And it has that amazing little crack to it. [SOUND] [LAUGH] Down, down. More noise, more power, more speed, more aggression, more everything, there we go. Little bit of a twist. And that's a police car. [BLEEP] The brakes are simply astounding. They're all carbon and clever and you don't expect to be able to stop for that corny thing, I'm gonna carry some of it further than I'm comfortable with. You lean on them and they just stop. They're stationary. This thing is unlike pretty much any other road car I've driven because it seems fairly safe. [SOUND] And then you press buttons and it becomes, most certainly, [INAUDIBLE]. So whoever the lucky 500 are to have these, first of all, well done. Second of all, you have an amazing piece of machinery on your hands. In every aspect, the 675LT has evolved, changed over the 650S. It's not for pottering about town. It's not here to give you a big, friendly hug and take you home to a pot of tomato soup in front of the fire. It's been designed to be driven hard, fast, and with a disregard for puny human feelings. It's the Terminator on wheels. It has one purpose and it's gonna fulfill it. This is the second ever LT. Bring on the third In the fourth, in the fifth, in the sixth, in the seventh, in the eighth, you get the drift. What a car. [MUSIC]

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