EVO Reviews The McLaren 675LT: Video
How’s this for a way to kill time at work? Apparently, the guys at McLaren will sometimes decide to drop everything and take the greatest cars from the company’s past and present out for a track day at the Silverstone Circuit, which is about a 3.5-hour drive from McLaren Technology Center in Woking, England. Ok, so it probably does count as work if you’re a McLaren employee, but when a 2016 McLaren P1 GTR, a 2015 McLaren 650S GT3, four 1995-1997 McLaren F1 GTRs and even an ex-Senna McLaren Formula 1 car are all on hand, you sort of have to wonder how anyone gets anything constructive done.
Anyway, someone from McLaren gave the offices of EVO Magazine a call to see if anyone would like a ride in one of the company’s newest cars. Henry Catchpole answered the call and rocked up a short time later to Silverstone with a GoPro in hand. The car in question turned out to be the new 2016 McLaren 675LT and the driver taking Catchpole out was supposed to be McLaren head test driver Chris Goodwin. But he went missing, so Catchpole had to settle for ex-Formula 1 driver and nephew of Ayrton Senna, Bruno Senna. Not a bad tradeoff.
No one outside of McLaren gets to drive the 675LT for another few months, but we do learn a few things from this ride-along video with a very good driver behind the wheel. First, it’s fast. Really fast. The sprint to 60 mph takes just 2.9 seconds and 124 mph takes just 7.9 seconds. Second, it’s also louder. The new titanium exhaust turns up the volume over the 650S.
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As you probably know by now, the “LT” in 675LT stands for “longtail.” Inspired by the McLaren F1 GTR Longtails that ran the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 675LT is the newest and fastest car in McLaren’s Super Series, which started with the MP4-12C. It’s 220 pounds lighter than the 650S and about an inch and a half longer. It’s twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 produces 666 horsepower (675 PS) at 7,100 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm.
We’re sure get more driving impression on the 675LT the second half of 2015 so stay tuned.
Read our full review here.