McLaren 675LT unveiled

McLaren 675LT
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McLaren has lifted the covers off a new addition to its 'Super' series of sports cars, the 675LT.
Making its world debut at the Geneva motor show next week, the 675LT (LT referring to the car's long-tail aerodynamic design) is essentially a more focused and powerful version of the 650S, though unlike that model, it will be available solely as a fixed-roof coupe.

The 675LT sits above the 650S in the Super series, while the brand's hybrid P1 hypercar sits in a class above - the 'Ultimate' series. McLaren is expected to announce a new range of less extreme 'Sports' models, with a lower entry price, later this year.

The 675LT shares the same 3.8-litre V8 engine found in the rest of the McLaren line-up, though the company claims that 50 per cent of the parts are new. Power has risen by 25bhp over the 650S to 666bhp and the motor is coupled to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox, which directs power to the rear wheels.

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McLaren 675LT unveiled

Aside from extra power, an extensive weight loss regime ensures the 675LT is a whopping 100kg lighter than the car on which it's based. This combination of additional power and lower weight sees improvements to the car's performance. The 675LT will get from 0-62mph in a scant 2.9 seconds – 0.1 seconds faster than the 650S. Its top speed, however is 2mph less due to the extra drag caused by the car's aggressive aerodynamics.

While at first glance the 675LT looks remarkably similar to its lesser stablemate, it has been significantly altered, including the 'long-tail' airbrake, which is larger than the item found on the 650S. The new model also features a larger front splitter, a new bumper and rear diffuser, designed to manipulate airflow over the car to maximise both downforce and cooling for the engine and exhaust.

Revisions to the chassis have not yet been announced, nor have details of the interior. However, McLaren has stated that the 675LT will deliver "ultimate levels of driver engagement".

The first customer deliveries of the 675LT are expected to commence in March. While full price details have not yet been released, expect a price tag of around £250,000.
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