McLaren 675LT ‘Longtail’
In the seamlessly never-ending game of one-upmanship between Ferrari and McLaren, a huge blow has been dealt by the latter to the former. This new McLaren 675LT (The LT stands for Longtail, evoking memories of Le Mans racers from the late nineties) puts the new Ferrari 488 GTB in the shade. Admittedly this new McLaren is half Supercar, half track-focused monster and the 488 will probably look more at home on the French Riviera but the two will no doubt be fierce rivals none-the-less.
The 675LT is not an ‘all new‘ car. It started life as the MP4-12C which evolved into the current 650S. This version however turns the dial up to make it the most exciting McLaren this side of the mighty P1. It is faster, lighter (by 100kg) and more focused than its cheaper siblings yet shares similar styling and interior. Apart from the added aggression thanks to a liberal use of carbon fibre, the main difference on the outside is the ‘Longtail‘. This longer body shape aids stability and aerodynamics and adds a distinctive twist to the 675LT. Also at the rear the car has large round exhaust pipes that not only look cool but save weight thanks to the use of titanium.
The 3.8L V8 has been extensively reworked and features more than 50% new parts. Power is up to 675PS (hence the name) and with the crash diet, this gives the 675LT a power to weight ratio of 549PS per tonne. Upgrades include new, more efficient turbos, changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system.
All these updates mean the car is seriously quick. 0-62mph is dealt with in 2.9 seconds but more impressively it will hit 124mph in just 7.9 seconds. Top speed is 205mph which may seem fairly normal these days for a serious supercar but the point of these cars is not all about numbers. The car has to be exciting and McLaren have set out with the 675LT to achieve just that. It promises to be sharper on both the road and on the race track.
This could just be the new king of the sub-Hypercars. Your move Ferrari.