2019 McLaren 750LT
The successor to the 675LT is set to arrive in 2018by Ciprian Florea, on
After only three years on the market, the first-generation McLaren Super Series, mostly known for its 650S core model, was replaced in 2017. The second-gen supercar now has the 720S at its core, but more versions are set to follow. Arguably the most anticipated variant is McLaren’s successor to the 675LT. This supercar has yet to be officially confirmed, but an unveiling is expected to happen in the first half of 2018, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. We just created a rendering of the Super Series’ upcoming, range-topping model and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.
If the 675LT is any indication, the recipe for the new LT model should be somewhat straightforward. McLaren will probably take the 720S and give it a more comprehensive aerodynamic package, as well as use a lot more carbon-fiber in order to make it lighter. The car will be further enhanced by a more powerful engine, and there’s a great chance the next LT will be quicker and more powerful than the McLaren P1 (if we ignore the latter’s electric motor that is!). But, how will it compare to the competition? Find out in my speculative article below.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 750LT.
2019 McLaren 750LT
Horsepower @ RPM:740
0-60 time:2.7 sec.
Top Speed:209 mph (Est.)
LT for Longtail
It all began in the mid-1990s, when McLaren had to upgrade the F1 GTR for motorsport use.
Before we move further, let’s have a quick glance at LT-spec McLarens from the past. It all began in the mid-1990s, when McLaren had to upgrade the F1 GTR for motorsport use. Facing new competition from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz in the then-new FIA GT Championship, McLaren designed extensive modifications for the F1 GTR. But, these were so vast that the FIA required a production, road-legal homologation car. The end result was named the F1 GT, which had the extended rear bodywork of the GTR for increased downforce and increased drag but lacked the rear wing seen on the LM. McLaren built only one prototype and didn’t originally plan to make customer versions, but demand drove the British firm to build two cars that were sold to the public. The Longtail configuration returned on the first-generation Super Series as the 675LT.
Up front, notable additions will include a modified lower bumper with a redesigned splitter and race-spec canards on each side.
Although it had quite a few modifications compared to the 650S, the 675LT was rather subtle and far from extreme design-wise. I expect the new supercar to follow the same route in relation to the 720S. As seen in our rendering, McLaren will add a revised aerodynamic kit, mostly made of carbon-fiber. Up front, notable additions will include a modified lower bumper with a redesigned splitter and race-spec canards on each side.
The sides should boast carbon-fiber side skirts as standard, along with "LT" badges on the front fenders. McLaren should also create a new set of lighter wheels for this car, but by far the most notable difference will be the slightly longer rear end. It’s here where it will also get the active "Longtail" airbrake that goes vertical when entering a corner or braking. This element will be based on the 720S’, but some 50 percent larger. It will also be lighter due to its carbon-fiber construction.
The rear fascia should also sport a series of modifications for increased performance.
The rear fascia should also sport a series of modifications for increased performance such as a reshaped diffuser, extra vents in the bumper, and a new spoiler. The polycarbonate engine cover will probably gets additional louvers, while the standard exhaust pipe will be replaced by titanium outlets. As it is the case with all McLarens, customers will have access to plenty of customization features and quite a few extras from the MSO division.
Note: standard 720S interior shown here.
As a track-focused vehicle, it will lack some of the luxury and convenience features seen in the 720S.
The 720S comes with a fantastic interior that blends luxury with sportiness and it’s safe to assume that the LT will have a similar layout. Look for the same slim center stack with vertical screen, the revolutionary folding instrument cluster, and upholstery made from fine leather and Alcantara.
But the LT’s interior won’t be a copy of the 720S’.
As a track-focused vehicle, it will lack some of the luxury and convenience features. For starters, it won’t have an air conditioning system. Of course, McLaren will be willing to reinstall it at no extra cost, but the A/C delete shaves a few pounds off the LT’s already lighter curb weight.
Alcantara will be standard on just about every element, including the carbon-fiber bucket seats and the door panels. Both the center stack and the steering wheel will be made from carbon in order to save even more weight. Also look for "LT" logos all over the place, including on the headrests and instrument cluster. Speaking of which, the latter will have a custom display and the package should include a few interesting apps for track use.
The 720S' 710-horsepower rating should jump to around 740 horses in the 750LT.
The new supercar will most definitely get its juice from the 720S’ upgraded 4.0-liter V-8, but the output figures are still a mystery. But with the 675LT having gained an almost four-percent increase in horsepower over the 650S, it’s safe to assume that its successor will get a similar bump compared to the 720S. Should this be the case, the 720S’ 710-horsepower rating should jump to around 740 horses. This figure makes much more sense when you take into account that McLaren’s naming strategy revolves around the horsepower rating, with the 720S boasting 720 PS, which means 710 horses. If we transform 740 horsepower into PS, we get exactly 750. And we already know that McLaren likes round numbers, so the successor to the 675LT could be called the 750LT.
Expect the 750LT to be around two tenths quicker than the 675LT from 0 to 60 mph and hit the benchmark in 2.7 ticks.
It’s also worth noting that the 750LT’s V-8 will be more powerful than the P1’s, which is rated at 727 horses. Of course, the P1 remains the most powerful McLaren yet with 903 horsepower coming from the hybrid combo, but the new LT will still be darn impressive!
Much like the previous model, the beefed-up 720S will get a number of upgrades besides the engine. The dual-clutch transmission should also be able to shift quicker. It will also be lighter, which coupled with the power increase should translate into quicker sprint times. Expect the 750LT to be around two tenths quicker than the 675LT from 0 to 60 mph and hit the benchmark in 2.7 ticks. The 0 to 124 mph sprint should also drop from 7.9 to a 7.6 or even 7.5 seconds. Top speed should be higher than the 675LT’s 205 mph rating, but likely lower than the 720S’ due to the increased downforce. I expect it to drop from 212 to around 209 mph.
|McLaren 650S||McLaren 675LT||McLaren 720S|
|Engine||3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo||3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo||4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8|
|Power||641 HP @ 7,250 RPM||666 HP @ 7,100 RPM||710 HP @ 7,500 RPM|
|Torque||500 LB-FT @ 6,000 RPM||516 LB-FT @ 5,500-6,500 RPM||568 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM|
|Transmission||Seven-Speed Dual Clutch||Seven-Speed SSG||7 Speed SSG|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||3.0 seconds||2.9 seconds||2.8 seconds|
|0-200 km/h (0-124 mph)||8.4 seconds||7.9 seconds||7.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||207 mph||205 mph||212 mph|
|Weight||3,148 Lbs||2,927 Lbs||2,828 Lbs|
|Weight distribution (Front/Rear)||42.5%/57.5%||42.5%/57.5%||TBA|
Pricing information is obviously not available, but we do know that the 675LT carried a 32-percent premium over the 650S. If McLaren will keep things similar for the 750LT, it should cost around £275,350 in the U.K. McLaren has yet to announce U.S. pricing for the 720S, but I’m estimating a $284,000 sticker on this side of the pond. This means that the 750LT could fetch around $375,000 before options. For reference, the 375LT retails from $349,500 in North America. It’s also safe to assume that production will probably be limited to just 500 units worldwide and that all examples will be sold out before the car makes its public debut at an important auto show.
The latest 911 GT3 RS has yet to be unveiled at the time of this writing, but it should arrive just in time for the 2018 model year. Essentially a beefed-up version of the GT3, the RS will offer increased performance, a more aggressive appearance, and will be built in very limited numbers, just like the 750LT. Unlike the McLaren, it will have a massive wing atop the decklid and a rear-engined configuration instead of the more common mid-ship layout. The upcoming RS will get its juice from the same 4.0-liter flat-six in the GT3, but rated at more than the current 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Look for around 530 horses sent to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch PDK transmissions. The 60-mph mark should come in around three seconds, to go with a top speed of 197 mph. Granted, both figures will be inferior to the McLaren, but the GT3 RS should be as fast on the race track.
Find out more about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS here.
If you’re a stickler for mid-engined layouts, then you might want to consider the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. It’s the most menacing road-legal Lambo built to date and a race car in disguise. Based on the Huracan, the Performante sports an intricate aerodynamic package and a revised chassis for enhanced performance, while a retuned 5.2-liter V-10 engine sends 631 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. The Performance might also be as quick as the 750LT thanks to its 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 2.8 seconds. What’s more, this Lambo is fast on race tracks too, having set a new Nurburgring record for production cars at 6:52.01 minutes. It has pricing on its too, starting from $274,390, around $100K less than what the British supercar is expected to cost.
Learn more about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante here.
The 488 GTB Scuderia is yet another performance vehicle that has yet to hit the market, but when it does, it should be able to give the 750LT a run for its money. The recipe should be similar, with Ferrari to add enhanced aerodynamics and a retuned chassis to the already impressive 488 GTB. The turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8 will get a boost to nearly 700 horsepower, which should push it to 60 mph from a standing start in around 2.8 seconds. With a top speed of around 210 mph, it should be faster than the McLaren too. Pricing will probably surpass the $300,000 mark, but it won’t be as expensive as the 750LT.
Read more about the Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia in our speculative review here.
The 675LT was a tremendous supercar and will definitely live on as one of McLaren’s most iconic road-going vehicles. The 750LT should be an improvement in just about any department, so we’re about to witness yet another glorious moment for the British firm. It’s a bit early to draw a conclusion, but if the new LT will be as quick as the P1, the successor to the P1 should be incredible to say the least.