Saturday, July 18, 2015
McLaren’s Lightweight 675LT Is Completely Sold Out
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Back in February, McLaren took the wraps off its mid-engined 675LT ahead of the Geneva Motor show. It was basically pitched as a road-legal track car and McLaren told us the car would be produced in limited numbers. In keeping with the trend of the latest low-volume supercars, the 675LT has sold out before even a single one has been built.
The LT in the name comes from “long-tail,” an homage to the McLaren F1 GTR “Longtail” that competed in the 1997 FIAT GT Championship, including a 1-2 class finish (2-3 overall!) at that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was so successful that it was banned because it offered a competitive advantage.
That was the old Longtail. The new 675LT is a lightweight, powerful machine that is meant to be a dominant track toy. The 3.8-liter V8 makes 666 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The potent mill is complemented by ultra lightweight wheels and recently developed Pirelli P Zero Super Trofeo R tyres. McLaren claims it is the lightest wheel/tire combination the brand has ever created.
Weight shavings are everywhere, including a lighter suspension setup, lightweight carbon fiber bucket seats, and new carbon fiber aerodynamic components. All of this weight savings helps the 675LT get from zero to 62 mph (100 kmh) in an astounding 2.9 seconds! It will hit 125 mph in just 7.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 205 mph.
McLaren was able to shave off 225 lbs, and with any rare performance-minded supercar, less is more. That weight savings came with a cost of 259,500 British pounds ($404,897), but the price is of little consequence–all 500 examples have been sold out.