Built as a lightweight, track-focused version of the McLaren 650S, McLaren announced the McLaren 675LT in 2015, and it has been timeless in performance and design even years after its discontinuation in 2017. The McLaren 675LT was the lightest, most driver-focused, and exclusive McLaren supercar during production. Today, it certainly isn't all that, but does it offer the raw adrenaline it offered when new? Read on to find out. McLaren found their Longtail roots when designing the McLaren 675LT'S. It's inspired by the McLaren F1 GTR LT, featuring carbon fiber bodywork and other weight-saving engineering designs that keep its weight to the minimum possible. Motorsport success also played a huge part in the 675LT's engineering as it takes few performance and handling-improving designs from previous McLaren race cars. At the 675LT's core lies a newer, but not so new, 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with tremendous upgrades from the version in the 650S. There are more upgrades that the 675LT got that make it a formidable opponent even in the face of newer supercars that dare challenge it. But how much is a 675LT? On average, McLaren 675LTs are listed for around $250,000, nearly $100,000 less than the original MSRP, making it the perfect supercar to buy around that price. However, it's not uncommon to find McLaren 675LTs on sale listed for around $230,000, and some can go up to $280,000, especially if it's a Spider or has a couple of desirable factory options.
As mentioned, when first produced, the McLaren 675LT was the lightest, most driver-focused, and most exclusive McLaren supercar that McLaren built. It featured engineering never seen before on supercars, displaying a mix of designs from McLaren race cars and hypercars such as the McLaren F1 GTR LT and revolutionary McLaren P1, setting new benchmarks for future McLaren supercars. Extensive carbon fiber technology is used not only on the chassis but also on the body panels and interior, unlike in the 650S and previous models with a mixture of aluminum and carbon body panels. McLaren aimed to make the 675LT as much as possible and didn't spare any carbon. However, the 675LT retained safety and stiffness despite all the carbon used in its engineering. The McLaren 675LT contains a third of different parts compared to the 650S, which reduces weight significantly. More weight-saving measures were implemented in other areas, including those you cannot fathom, such as the electricals, which are 5% lighter in the 675LT than in the 650S. The powertrain in the McLaren 675LT, which is 10% lighter than the 650S's powertrain, was tremendously upgraded. McLaren stated that the engine got 50% newer parts, enabling it to make more power, and the transmission was tweaked to enhance responsivity. These and many more upgrades make the 675LT an absolute weapon on the track as it was intended to be but subtle enough on the road. For drivers who want more, what makes the McLaren 675LT unique?
The McLaren 675LT's blend of lightweight construction, aerodynamic enhancements, and neck-breaking performance makes it one of the most thrilling cars to drive. To put that in context, from a standstill, even on a non-prepped surface, the McLaren 675LT will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and achieve a 205-mph top speed. For a rear-wheel drive car, it really punches above its own weight. Driving dynamics in the McLaren 675LT are fine tuned to enhance the driving experience in every driving condition. The steering is sharp and responsive, the car's tracks are wider to improve agility and stability, and the suspension is updated to enhance handling and driver response. Braking performance is also enhanced for better braking response and feedback. On the road, the McLaren 675LT is just another stunning supercar that most will almost break necks turning back to look at. But on the track, whoever you pass will only get a glimpse of that stunning body architecture before you disappear into corners, as this is where the McLaren 675LT brings out its dancing shoes. And it will do all that while you're comfortably sitting enjoying the close to 670 British Ponies thundering behind you.
Nestled at the McLaren 675LT's rear is McLaren's infamous 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8, making 666 horsepower. converted to metric power measurements its 675PS, hence the name 675LT. In the 675LT, the engine has 50% newer components, hence the power difference compared to the 650S, despite both cars sharing the same engine. Major differences include newer, more efficient turbochargers, redone cylinder heads, new camshaft, lightweight connecting rods, and a new free-flowing pump and fuel delivery system. Additionally, McLaren used a revised exhaust system bespoke to the 675LT, which improves airflow and, most importantly, optimizes engine sound. The engine drives the rear wheels via the usual 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission but with recalibrated driving modes to provide better performance. It does this by optimizing throttle response and gear shifts, which are quicker than in older McLaren sports cars and supercars. Handling was also significantly improved when McClaren made the 675LT. The suspension has stiffer and lighter front and rear springs to provide sharper response and feedback. McLaren enhanced their ProActive Chassis Control System in every car they make, and they did the same for the McLaren 675LT. It has newer dampers that provide adaptive response depending on the road surface or driver-selected suspension mode.
The McLaren 675LT design is based on weight saving and aerodynamics. All body panels are made of carbon fiber, starting with the front bumper with aggressive F1-style front wing plates. The front bumper also has a carbon splitter, which works with the rear diffuser and underbody fins to improve airflow underneath the car. New carbon fiber body panels were designed for the McLaren 675LT to improve aerodynamics better than in older models and improve cooling by directing airflow to the intakes behind the doors. Speaking of doors, McLaren retained the dihedral doors on the 675LT, making it look even more aggressive and dramatic when fully open. At the rear, the P1-inspired airbrake wing remains, but on the 675LT, it's larger and made of carbon fiber aimed at reducing weight. The rear deck and sections flanking the exhaust are wider, and they're made that way to direct hot air from the engine, but they give the rear an aggressive look even though this is one of the things you barely notice. Not with a low-stance side profile like the one on the McLaren 675LT.
The interior of the McLaren 675LT is bared out to minimize as much weight as possible. Sound deadening is kept to a minimum, only used where needed most, and no floor carpets exist. In addition to weight saving, this improves the driving experience since you hear the titanium exhaust better. All these interior weight-saving measures result in 20% weight saving in the McLaren 675LT compared to the 650S. Despite the weight-saving measures, the interior of the McLaren 675LT is still more accommodating than most of its competitors. The carbon seats are well padded and bolstered with Alcantara, ensuring maximum comfort even when doing long track days and road trips. Air conditioning and door locks are on the center console to save weight, and there are no controls as McLaren aimed to make it as bare as possible to keep the driver's focus on the road. Vehicle controls are also on the center console, but they're ergonomically positioned for easier reach even when driving, thus ensuring the driver always has their eyes on the road.
The McLaren 675LT comes with some of the best technology features that elevate your driving experience to levels you might not experience even with some modern supercars. It comes with McLaren Track Telemetry, which displays real-time track data and information on the infotainment display. When on track, you can see and record lap times, sector splits, and lap deltas and compare your driving skills against other drivers. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in the McLaren 675LT is better than the previous model because it has ESC Dynamic mode. When activated, the ESC dynamic mode gives the driver greater control over the throttle and brake inputs. Additionally, ESC can be turned off completely and features a level of activation that reduces electronic support and permits better slip angles. In simpler terms, when ESC is off, doing power slides becomes much easier. Other driver assist, safety, and vehicle security features in the McLaren 675LT include but are not limited to traction control, electronic brake assist, immobilizer, and driver and passenger dual airbags.
Everything you'd want in a supercar, the McLaren 675LT has it. From excellent performance and driving dynamics to a driver-focused cabin and a comfortable cabin for when you want to scare a passenger on the track while keeping them cozy and firm in their seats. After a long day at the track, the drive home will feel just as close to driving a regular car home, with the only abnormality being that you have 666 horsepower behind you when you need it. For roughly $250,000, you could own a McLaren 675LT today and even buy your dream 675LT on Exotic Car Trader. If you can't find a spec that suits you, we guarantee daily listing updates, so ensure you watch out for our McLaren 675LT listings. Also, if you have a taste for McLarens, check out our McLaren listings.
The McLaren 675LT is one of the best supercars of this decade and is still a worthy contender in today's supercars ring. Its fusion of excellent performance and handling wrapped in an exceptionally stunning body creates an ownership and driving experience tailored for proper drivers defined by taking cars to higher levels than even what manufacturers would. If a supercar has to tick such boxes for you, there's no better purchase than the McLaren 675LT.
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