Is the 675LT worth all the extra Benjamins relative to the 650S?

On the surface, the McLaren 675LT is the kind of supercar that dreams are made of. it’s got killer looks. It’s got second-to-none tradition. It’s got state-of-the-art technology. Most importantly, it’s got power and speed. Lots of it. But like most supercars, the 675LT has one caveat: price.

Truthfully, that’s actually a problem we won’t have to deal with because all 500 units of the 675LT are already accounted for. But each of those who bought the supercar had to shell out $400,000 to do so. That’s a pretty steep number, especially when the 650S, the car that it’s largely based from, comes in at just $250,000. So the question begs: is that $150,000 difference between the 650S and the 675LT really worth it?

Motor Trend’s “Ignition” web series sought to answer that question by giving the 675LT, or at least a pair of then, the road and track shakedown (no pun intended). Motor Trend Senior Features Editor Jonny Lieberman took the wheel of the more road-focused of the 675LTs and as you can expect, he had a ball of a time navigating the supercar around, twisting around mountain roads and going full blast on the open highways. From there, the scene shifted to Willow Springs where race car driver Randy Pobst drove the more race-tuned version of the two 675LTs for a clear and present shakedown and subsequent hot lap around the Big Willow course.

As soon as both got their time in on the 675LT, Lieberman once again brought up the question on whether the significant price gap between the 650S and the 675LT is worth it? I’m not going to give out the answer, but let’s just say that if you had the money to spare, then $400,000 wouldn’t be a problem.

McLaren 675LT

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Read our full review on the McLaren 675LT here.

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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