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To fill the space between the 650S supercar and the astronomically potent P1 hypercar, McLaren built a “track-focused development of the 650S” and called it the 675LT. This limited-production, barely-road-legal race car packs an even bigger punch than its standard-issue forbearer, wringing out every last ounce of performance from the 650S platform via enhanced aerodynamics, less weight, and even more power. It may come with all the markings of something for public highways (you know, like headlights, a windshield, turn signals, and tires with grooves), but given the right environment, the 675LT is capable of posting times far beyond most machines with a license plate.

The “LT” nomenclature is a nod to the F1 GTR “Longtail,” a car that brought McLaren huge success competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance races of the late-‘90s. With that in mind, it’s no surprise the 675LT is framed as “the most driver-focused and exclusive McLaren Super Series model ever made.”

So then – exclusivity, a proven competition pedigree, the very latest motorsport technology, and of course, insane speed. Sounds like quite the package, no?

Updated 10/15/2015: We’ve added full details on McLaren’s most powerful Super Series model.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 McLaren 675LT.

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Quickly summarized, the 675LT is basically a modified 650S. You still get all the usual supercar cues, like swoopy front aero that melts into signature McLaren headlights, a nose low enough to scrape pennies, and pronounced side air intakes. However, the 675LT takes the original design and adds, for lack of a better word, more – more downforce, more cooling, more length, more lightness, and more aggression.

The 675LT adds large vertical endplates to the outermost edges of the front bumper, increasing high-speed stability

Let’s start at the nose. The 675LT adds large vertical endplates to the outermost edges of the front bumper, increasing high-speed stability. The front carbon-fiber splitter is also significantly extended. On the sides, you’ll find enhanced carbon-fiber side skirts running front to back to reduce turbulent air coming off the wheel wells. The main intakes feeding the radiators behind the doors are now larger, and supplementary air inlets were added.

Unsurprisingly, the backend is where the “LT” really sets itself apart. Dominating the rear is an active “Longtail” airbrake, which goes vertical when entering a corner to assist in slowing the car, then levels off for reduced aerodynamic drag at the exit. This feature is now 50 percent larger than what you get with the 650S and other Super Series models, but interestingly, its updated carbon-fiber construction also makes it lighter.

Other new features include twin circular exhaust pipes hewn from titanium. There’s an open rear fascia, additional louvers on the polycarbonate rear window, and vents in the bumper to help dispel hot air from the engine bay and reduce pressure over the rear wheels. Underneath is a large carbon-fiber diffuser.

Like the original Longtail, the 675LT is both longer and lighter than its predecessor. Despite gaining an additional 37 mm (1.46 inches) of length, the 675LT weighs a full 100 kg (220.46 pounds) less than the 650S, tipping the scales at only 1,230 kg (2,711.69 pounds) thanks to a lighter engine, lighter chassis and body structure components, and lots of carbon fiber. Even the custom titanium exhaust shaves off a kilo.

That kind of attention to weight savings pays huge dividends on the track.

That kind of attention to weight savings pays huge dividends on the track. Throw in 40 percent more downforce from the enhanced aero, and you’re looking at one massively potent speed weapon.

For pure aesthetics, the 675LT is offered in five custom color schemes, four of which are a McLaren first. As expected, McLaren Orange once again makes its return, while Chicane Grey, Delta Red, Napier Green, and Silica White are also on the table. Each scheme includes custom paint for the exterior and brake calipers, as well as unique touches for the cabin.

Exterior Dimensions

Weight distribution 42.5 / 57.5
Length 4,546 MM (178.97 Inches)
Width 2,095 MM (82.48 Inches)
Height 1,188 MM (46.77 Inches)


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The term “track-focused” should clue you in on what’s to be found inside the 675LT. Luxury takes a non-existent backseat to weight savings here, starting with the air conditioning – there is none. You can have McLaren reinstall it at no extra cost, but just let that little factoid frame your mindset if you should be so lucky as to climb behind the wheel.

If A/C is added, the controls will integrate with the centrally mounted touchscreen. Other conciliations to civility include Alcantara upholstery on the doorsills, door panels, and dashboard, including complementary contrast stitching.

Alcantara is also found on the carbon-fiber bucket seats, which are modeled after the units in the P1. More carbon fiber is used on the center stack and in the steering wheel, while 675LT logos are scattered throughout, including on the headrests and in the tachometer.


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Let’s start with what matters most. The 675LT will sprint from 0-to-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, a tenth quicker than the 650S. It’ll also hit 200 kph (124 mph) in 7.9 seconds, which is half a second quicker than the 650S. Interestingly, the top speed is 205 mph, two mph lower than the 650S, undoubtedly due to the vastly increased downforce.

With the 675LT’s reduced curb weight, McLaren could have installed the standard twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 and called it a day. But this is the Longtail’s successor, which means more power is mandatory. Mounted behind the cabin, you’ll find a modified powerplant producing a demonic 666 horsepower and 515 pound-feet of torque. That’s 25 horsepower and 15 pound-feet more than what you get with the 650S.

675LT is the lightest and most powerful McLaren Super Series model out there

While the bump in output is nice, McLaren had to dig deep to find it. Roughly half of the engine’s components are either new or altered, including more efficient turbos, design changes for the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshafts, lighter connecting rods, and an upgraded fuel system. McLaren says the upgrades are so extensive, the engine received its own unique code – M838TL.

Power hits the ground through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

All told, the 675LT is the lightest and most powerful McLaren Super Series model out there – quite the combination indeed.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
Power 675 PS @ 7,100 RPM
Torque 700 Nm @ 5,500-6,500 RPM
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
CO2 275g/km
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2.9 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 7.9 seconds
Top speed 330 km/h (205 mph)
Power-to-weight 549PS per tonne


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The 675LT originally debuted at the 85th Geneva Motor Show in March, 2015. McLaren announced it would limit production to just 500 units worldwide, and promptly sold every last one of them. Each cost $349,500, $84,000 more than the standard 650S.

While McLaren offered the five bespoke color schemes previously mentioned, customers could also enlist the help of McLaren Special Operations for even more customization options.

Speaking of options, the 675LT was offered with the available Club Sport pack. Aimed specifically at track rats, the pack added a titanium roll hoop, four-point racing harnesses, and a fire extinguisher, all of which helps the 675LT pass pit inspection. Pricing for the pack was set at 5,090 pounds, or $7,709 at current exchange rates (10/5/2015).


Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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When it comes to hardcore Porsche performance, the 911 GT3 RS checks all relevant boxes. New louvers and a stretched-out splitter can be found in the front, while larger intakes and an enormous fixed wing are in back. Inside are carbon-fiber bucket seats that take after the 918 Spyder. Customers can also opt for the Club Sport Package for a bolt-in roll cage, six-point harnesses, and a mounted fire extinguisher. Motivation comes from a non-turbo 4.0-liter flat-six. Pricing starts at just $175,900, making it significantly cheaper than the McLaren, but the options list is long and comes with lots of digits.

Read our full review on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS here.

Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia

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True to Ferrari tradition, a lightened, beefier, race-ready Scuderia version of the 488 is expected to follow the release of the standard model, and when it does, it just may face off against the 675LT on track day. The body panels will sport new, aggressive aerodynamic enhancements, including active elements for variable levels of downforce. The interior will be stripped down, and the turbocharged V-8 will get a boost to nearly 700 horsepower. Pricing will also be higher – we expect it to fall somewhere between $300,000 and $320,000.

Read our full review on the Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia here.


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McLaren says it stayed true to the “Longtail ethos” when it went about creating the 675LT, and I have to agree. Lower weight, enhanced aero, more power, and a track-focused driving experience are all present and correct, and the result is mighty impressive. The 675LT does everything it should, and it does it well.

The extended body looks fantastic, bringing the McLaren’s styling up to par against its Italian rivals. The interior is all business, and the engine gets a nice boost in output. The 220-pound weight decrease is particularly remarkable, and the attention to detail is obvious.

The only downside is the price. $350,000 is a lot of money for a toy like this, even though it’s still road legal. That said, at only 500 units total, McLaren can (and did) get away with it. If you’re lucky enough to call one of those 500 your own, by all means – take it to the track and open it up. Just do us all a favor and don’t stuff it, ok?

  • Leave it
    • Hugely expensive
    • Spartan interior not for every driver
    • Limited availability

Updated History

Updated 07/14/2015: McLaren dropped a new video showing the new 675LT in action on the race track. Enjoy!

Updated 03/06/2015: McLaren dropped a new promo video for its new 675LT. Enjoy!

Updated 03/03/2015: McLaren brought the all new 675LT at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and announced the new sports car will be limited to only 500 units worldwide. Also, on the British market the model will be priced at £259,500 - with an optional McLaren Club Sport pack adding another £5,090. The first customers will get their cars starting July, 2015.

Updated 02/25/2015: McLaren announced the first official images and details on the new 675LT with less than a week before the car’s official debut in Geneva.

Updated 02/04/2015: McLaren dropped a new teaser image and video on its upcoming 675LT. This time, it reveals details on the sports car’s new bespoke titanium crossover exhaust system, plus torque figures. Read about them after the jump.

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Press Release

The McLaren 675LT will make its world debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show, with a clear focus on performance, light weight and ultimate levels of driver engagement – all key attributes of a McLaren ‘Longtail’. Offered as a Coupé only, the 675LT will be the most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the McLaren Super Series, with a power to weight ratio that eclipses established rivals. The sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes just 2.9 seconds, with controlled torque delivery ensuring optimised traction off the line. Acceleration continues at relentless pace with the 200 km/h barrier broken in 7.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).

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The first images of the car demonstrate a more aggressive look for the McLaren brand than has been seen before. Styling cues run from the extended carbon fibre front splitter, through an extended door blade and additional cooling intake, to the circular twin titanium exhaust pipes, giving a hint to the performance available for the most powerful and lightest model in the McLaren Super Series. The active ‘Longtail’ Airbrake is 50 percent bigger than the one fitted to the 650S yet, due its carbon fibre structure, is actually lighter. This is just one of the enhancements that add up to a dry weight of just 1,230kg.

More than 50 percent of parts have been changed in the 3.8-litre V8 engine to deliver increased levels of power, torque and driveability. Upgrades include new, more efficient turbos, detail design changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system. These changes are so significant, that the engine unit receives a new, unique code – M838TL. The low weight, low inertia power unit produces, as the name suggests, a power output of 675PS and a power-to-weight ratio of 549PS per tonne.

The 675LT is as fully track-focused as it is road legal with around a third of parts modified to suit this purpose compared with the 650S Coupé and Spider that continue in production alongside it. Yet, like its iconic predecessor, the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, from which the LT name is derived, this is a car that is as exciting to look at as it is to drive. It also embodies the key attributes of the ‘Longtail’ ethos targeting light weight, optimised aerodynamics, increased power, track-focused dynamics and driver engagement.

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Despite the revised, longer bodywork, the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ was over 100kg lighter than its hugely successful predecessors. As it was nearly 20 years ago, weight reduction has been a key focus throughout the development programme for the 675LT and, in a subtle nod to its bigger brother, the result is a saving of over 100kgs over the other models in the Super Series. This savings have been achieved through the extensive use of carbon fibre for the body panels, along with lightweight engine, chassis and body structure parts. In the pursuit of minimal weight, and to suit its purposeful intent, even air conditioning has been removed, but can specified as a no cost option.

Below a newly designed front bumper sits a prominent carbon fibre front splitter, which works the air harder, complementing new front wing end plates to increase downforce levels over the front bodywork. The turbulent air from the front wheel arches is ‘cleaned’ as it flows towards the rear bodywork by sculpted carbon fibre side sills which run the full length of the lower bodywork. A subtle air intake is incorporated ahead of the leading edge of the rear wheel arch, below a more pronounced side intake behind the door, both of which feed clean cool air into the side-mounted radiators.

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The aero balance is optimised by the active ‘Longtail’ Airbrake which, as with the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, is larger – 50 percent larger than on other Super Series models. The reprofiled design flows into the lines of the new carbon fibre rear wings. Two circular exhaust pipes, forged from titanium, exit centrally through exposed bodywork below the rear wing. Despite a more complex design, the bespoke crossover system is designed to optimise performance and reduce weight, saving 1.1kg. The rear deck and sections flanking the exhaust pipes remain exposed; designed to evacuate hot air from the engine bay as efficiently as possible, while a lightweight polycarbonate rear screen features further louvres. A louvred carbon fibre rear bumper reduces air pressure over the rear wheels, while the rear design is completed with a dramatic integrated carbon fibre diffuser.


The 675LT is offered in five ‘By McLaren’ hero specifications, which includes four bespoke colours never previously offered: Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey are all newly formulated paint hues for the 675LT. The famous heritage McLaren Orange completes the themes unique to the model. Each of the five ‘By McLaren’ specifications is complemented within the stripped out interior with carefully selected materials and colours.

The purposeful driver-focused cabin of the 675LT gives even further indication of track potential. A pair of ultra lightweight carbon fibre-shelled bucket seats, upholstered in Alcantara® as standard and modelled on those in the McLaren P1™, provide comfort and support with no compromise on overall weight. A subtle 675LT logo features on the headrest of each seat, and is also present on the rev counter. In a change to the other models in the Super Series, the air conditioning controls are now incorporated within the intuitive touchscreen infotainment system.

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The McLaren 675LT will make its global debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show at 12.15 CET (11.15 GMT) on Tuesday 3 March 2015.

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