The McLaren 765LT is quicker than previously claimed!

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The McLaren 765LT, the track-focused version of the 720S, was unveiled in early March 2020, a couple of weeks before the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Come September, and the 765LT is finally going into production, with the first hand-built examples to be delivered by the end of the month. And McLaren’s announcement comes with good news for its customers: the 765LT is a bit quicker than previously claimed.

The McLaren 765LT is impressively quick

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Powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 755 horsepower, the McLaren 765LT hits 60 mph from a standing start in 2.7 seconds.

This figure didn’t change, but McLaren says that the sprint to 124 mph is quicker than previously estimated. The 765LT will get to this speed in seven seconds flat, two tenths quicker than the initial claim. It might not sound like a lot, but in the world of supercars, this is a big improvement. Running the quarter-mile takes 9.9 seconds, while top speed is rated at an equally impressive 205 mph.

McLaren showcases new MSO-customized models

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McLaren’s brief announcement comes with new photos of the 765LT, this time around showing off two "themes" designed by MSO for McLare customers. The first one is called Strata, and it features a black exterior with a livery that starts off as Cherry Black in the front, becomes Memphis red in the center, and then transforms into Azores Orange toward the rear. The three-color design carries over into the cabin too.

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The second bespoke model is called Geohex and features Tarmac Black and Tokyo Cyan paints inspired by a 3D honeycomb. McLaren has yet to release photos of this car, but did showcase a third model featuring the MSO Bespoke Carbon Fiber Body treatment with shows off the carbon skin of the car. It boasts a glossy transparent finish, but McLaren says it can tint the carbon-fiber in various colors.

The McLaren 765LT is already sold out

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Set to be produced in 765, individually-numbered units, the McLaren 765LT is already sold out.

According to McLaren, "expressions of interest for 2021 now exceed the total number of cars available," which means that McLaren could build a second batch next year. There’s no official confirmation, but McLaren could roll out a special-edition version of this supercar or a brand-new variant altogether. The McLaren 765LT was priced from $358,000 before options.

2021 McLaren 765LT specifications
Engine configuration M840T engine, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3994cc
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power PS (bhp/kW) @ rpm 765 (755/563) @ 7,500rpm
Torque Nm (lb ft) @ rpm 800 (590) @ 5,500rpm
Transmission 7 Speed SSG. Comfort, Sport and Track modes
Steering Electro-hydraulic; power-assisted
Chassis Carbon fibre MonoCage II monocoque, with aluminium front and rear crash structures
Suspension Independent adaptive dampers, dual aluminium wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II). Comfort, Sport and Track modes
Brakes Carbon Ceramic Discs (F: 390mm R: 380mm) with forged aluminium brake calipers (6-piston front Monobloc; 4-piston rear)
0 -97km/h (0-60mph) 2.7 seconds
0-100km/h (0-62mph) 2.8 seconds
0-200km/h (0-124mph) 7.2 seconds
0-400m / ¼ mile <10 seconds*
Maximum Speed 330km/h (205mph)
200 – 0km/h (124mph – 0) braking <110m*
100 – 0km/h (62mph – 0) braking 29.5 m
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Performance figures for new McLaren 765LT confirmed as customer car production commences to meet sold-out 2020 order-bank

23 Sep 2020

Production of customer-ordered 765LT commences at McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, UK
The most powerful and engaging McLaren LT yet is confirmed as exceeding key performance targets, including 0-124mph acceleration achieved in just 7.0 seconds
2020 production run sold-out and expressions of interest for 2021 now exceed total number of cars available

Only 765 individually-numbered examples of 765LT produced to customer order
The first customer-ordered examples of the new McLaren 765LT are now being hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, UK. Deliveries of the new McLaren ‘Longtail’ – the most extreme McLaren Super Series model to date – will begin at the end of this month.

Just 765 individually-numbered cars will be offered globally to customer order with 2020 production fully allocated and expressions of interest far exceeding total production.

The McLaren 765LT incorporates all the renowned McLaren LT attributes, including driver engagement, minimized weight, track-focused dynamics, optimized aerodynamics and increased power. A comprehensive engineering program of weight reduction has resulted in the superlight 765LT tipping the scales at 176lbs* lighter than the already class-leading 720S. The 765LT’s bespoke aerodynamics features carbon fibre panels manufactured for the first time at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield area, plus a ‘Longtail’ active rear wing.

The combination of the light weight (2,709lbs at minimum dry weight) and the extreme power and torque of the 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 McLaren engine – 755bhp and 590lb ft respectively – underpins the incredible acceleration of the 765LT. As well as the expected sub-three second 0-60mph, the new LT is capable of reaching 124mph from standstill in just 7.0 seconds – 0.2 seconds ahead of target. Standing quarter-mile acceleration is similarly impressive at 9.9 seconds – again, better than expectations.

The first examples of cars specified by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) are being shared with customers. Operating to its established principle of always pushing the art of the possible, MSO have created a number of innovative and complex paint techniques which showcase a whole new level of personalization possibilities.

The Strata theme unveils a unique, graphical ‘art in motion’ paint scheme, inspired by a city skyline and realized in a three-color design requiring 390 hours of hand painting and finishing. Strata’s Azores orange base color is fused with Memphis Red and Cherry black, the two overlay colors running through the paint scheme in opposite directions to meet and blend on the panels of the 765LT’s dihedral doors. The unique paint scheme is further enhanced by a cohesive design language across the entirety of the car, both inside and out. The brake calipers form part of the color blend, the front calipers being Volcano Red and the rears Azores Orange, while the interior boasts a host of color-coded features from the MSO Bespoke range, including orange seat perforation and a push-to-drink system in Memphis Red.

A second theme based around a 3D honeycomb theme, called ‘GEOHEX’, features a striking combination of MSO Bespoke Tarmac Black and Tokyo Cyan paintwork with Visual Carbon Fibre components from the MSO Defined range along with a number of matching interior details. One of the most captivating projects yet is a car with a full Visual Carbon Fibre (VCF) body, a demonstration model of which has already been produced in response to customer enquiries. The demonstration model has been built in Clear Gloss Carbon Fibre to demonstrate the purity and intricacy within the weave alignment. The 765LT MSO Bespoke Carbon Fibre Body is available in a number of bespoke tints which can vary in complexity depending on the intended design.

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