The McLaren 675LT will finally make its international debut at the Geneva motor show in March. Billed as the “lightest, quickest and purest” model in the Super Series range – which also boasts the 650S and 625C – the 675LT pays homage to the iconic F1 GTR which raced at the Le Mans 24 Hour event in 1997.
The British manufacturer says the new model is focused purely on “performance-optimised aerodynamics, increased downforce, driver engagement, power and reduced weight” and confirmed that power has increased to 666bhp. That’s a considerable increase on the 641bhp of the 650S.
While we’ll likely have to wait till Geneva to get the exact performance date, it is likely that the 675LT will gain on the 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds of the 650S and top speed of 207mph.
In fairness, there will be few aesthetic changes other than a slightly subtler design and a lo-mounted side air intake. Nevertheless, the 675LT is considerably lighter than its predecessor at 1330kg.
Likely to be track-focused, just 250 examples of the car will make it out of the factory, though it will remain road legal.
Earlier this year, we heard rumours of McLaren planning to bridge the gap between the 650S and a P1 hyper-car and the firm’s chief Mike Flewitt confirmed that a project was in some form of development. Still, Flewitt said the eventual model would carry a price tag of £400,000 – more than double the premium for the 650S coupe.
Those who are a few pounds short of affording that fee may be interested in McLaren’s Sports Series – a range of cheaper cars that will make their bow at the 2015 New York auto show in the Easter.