• The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better

    2021 McLaren 765 LT
  • The new 765LT’s front splitter is all carbon fiber…
  • And so is the rear active wing.
  • The longtail shape adds more aero capabilities…
  • While the wing makes sure the car stays glued to the road.
  • Top speed hasn’t been announced yet…
  • But the 765LT needs 2.7 second to hit 60 mph.
  • Oh, and the 0-124 mph run takes just 7.2 seconds.
  • The cabin is as motorsport-inspired as you’d expect.
  • The new wheels are lighter…
  • While the engine produces 754 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque
  • All in all, the 765LT tips the scales at just 2,952 lb.

Based on the 720S, but lighter, more powerful, and limited to 765 units

McLaren has unveiled the new 765LT and boy, oh boy, it is one impressive speed machine both from the performance and design perspective.

Just as we anticipated, the 765LT is underpinned by the McLaren 720S, which makes for a formidable platform as we saw it was the case with the Senna. That said, here’s all you need to know about the new McLaren 765LT.

Let’s start with performance, shall we? The McLaren 765LT features the same mid-mounted, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 as the 720S, but retuned to produce 765 PS (754 horsepower) and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of twist.

As a result, the McLaren 765LT can blast from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.7 seconds and from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 clicks. What’s more, it needs only 7.2 seconds to dispatch the 0-124 mph (200 km/h) interval.

These mind-bending performances are favored by a strict diet that saw the 765LT shave 80 kilos (176 pounds) off its hips compared to the 720S, tipping the scales at 1,339 kilos (2,952 pounds). In addition to that, McLaren tweaked the transmission, which now offers 15% quicker in-gear acceleration.

The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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McLaren didn’t hold back on using a lot of carbon fiber for the following components:

  • front splitter
  • front bumper
  • front floor
  • side skirts
  • rear bumper
  • rear diffuser
  • Longtail active rear wing

Furthermore, the 765LT features a titanium exhaust setup and F1-grade transmission materials, as well as thinner windows with polycarbonate glazing.

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
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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2021 McLaren 765 LT
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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And so is the rear active wing.
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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The longtail shape adds more aero capabilities…
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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While the wing makes sure the car stays glued to the road.
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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Top speed hasn’t been announced yet…
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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But the 765LT needs 2.7 second to hit 60 mph.
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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Oh, and the 0-124 mph run takes just 7.2 seconds.
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Interior
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The cabin is as motorsport-inspired as you’d expect.
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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The new wheels are lighter…
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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While the engine produces 754 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque
The 2021 McLaren 765LT - How McLaren Made the 720S Better Exterior
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All in all, the 765LT tips the scales at just 2,952 lb.
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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