HEADED FOR GENEVA: The McLaren 675LT will make its global debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show in March. Image: McLaren
• 675LT revives McLaren ‘Longtail’
• 0-100 km/h in 2.9sec
• 675LT lightest in its class
• To debut at Geneva show
LONDON, England - The McLaren 675LT will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show as a coupe and the automaker’s most "track-focused, road legal model" in its Super Series line-up.
Its active ‘Longtail’ air brake is 50% larger than that fitted to the 650S yet, due its carbon-fibre structure, is lighter for a total car weight of 1230kg.
Its 3.8-litre V8 is capable of 497kW/700Nm and drives a seven-speed sequential gearbox. Its V8 enables it to sprint to 100 km/h in 2.9sec and on to 330 km/h.
According to McLaren: “The 675LT is as fully track-focused as it is road legal with around a third of its parts modified to suit this purpose compared with the 650S Coupe and Spider that continue in production alongside it.”
The 675LT derives its name from its predecessor, the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail' which had its debut in 1997. The distinctive stretched silhouette of the F1 GTR became known during the season as the 'Longtail'. The nickname stuck and the model demonstrated, McLaren says, “the ultimate example of one of motorsport’s most successful GT cars”.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 McLaren 675LT
Despite its longer bodywork the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ was more than 100kg lighter than its hugely successful predecessors. Since the original’s debut 20 years ago weight reduction has been a key focus throughout the development of the 675LT. In a subtle nod to its predecessor, the new model is 100kg lighter than its rivals in the Super Series.
McLAREN SUPER SERIES
The 675LT will join the existing 650S and 625C (Asia-only) to form the newly named McLaren Super Series which slots in above the automaker’s Sports Series in terms of hierarchy.
The 675LT makes extensive use of carbon-fibre elements throughout to save weight; even its aircon has been removed but can specified as a “no-cost” option.
Below a redesigned front bumper sits a prominent carbon-fibre front splitter, complementing new front wing to increase downforce. Air from the front wheel arches is “cleaned” as it flows towards the rear bodywork by carbon-fibre sills which run the length of the lower bodywork.
A subtle air intake is incorporated in the rear wheel-arches, below a more pronounced intake behind its doors, each of which feeds air to the side-mounted radiators.
It’s aero balance is optimised by its active ‘Longtail’ air brake which, as with the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, is 50% larger than Super Series rivals. At the rear it has a carbon-fibre diffuser and circular titanium exhausts.
‘BY McLAREN’ THEMES
The 675LT will be offered in five ‘By McLaren’ specifications, among them five colours (white, red, green, orange, grey) and stripped interior. Its track-focused cabin includes light carbon-fibre bucket seats (modelled on those in the McLaren P1), 675LT logos on the head restraints and rev counter and aircon incorporated within its touchscreen infotainment system.
McLAREN 675LT TECHNICAL STATS
0-100 km/h - 2.9sec
0-200 km/h - 7.9sec
Top speed - 330km/h
Engine - V8 twin-urbo / 3799cc
Power - 497kW @ 7100rpm
Torque - 700Nm from 5500-6500rpm
Transmission - seven-speed SSG
CO2 - 275g/km
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Dry weight - 1230kg
Weight distribution - 42.5% / 57.5%
Length – 4.5m
Width - 2m
Height – 1.1m