McLaren Automotive has launched the most powerful and lightest model in its Super Series for car enthusiasts in Kuwait.
The McLaren 675LT made its world debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show in March this year.
The first images of the car demonstrated 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, said a statement.
The active ‘Longtail’ Airbrake is 50 per cent bigger than the one fitted to the 650S, and 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, it said.
Available at the Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive Company showrooms, the exclusive importer for McLaren, BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and Land Rover vehicles in Kuwait, the McLaren 675LT is being offered as a Coupé only and will be the most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the McLaren Super Series.
The car will sprint from 0-100 km per hour in just 2.9 seconds, with controlled torque delivery ensuring optimised traction off the line. The acceleration will continue at relentless pace with the 200 km per hour barrier broken in 7.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 330 km per hour, said the statement.
More than 50 per cent of parts have been changed in the 3.8-litre V8 engine to deliver increased levels of power, torque and driveability, it said.
The 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. With these significant changes, the engine has received a new unique code - M838TL.
The low weight, low inertia power unit produces a power output of 675PS and a power-to-weight ratio of 549PS per tonne.
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.
The aero balance has been optimised by the active ‘Longtail’ Airbrake which, as with the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, is 50 per cent 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 has been 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 being offered in five ‘By McLaren’ hero specifications, which includes four bespoke colours: Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey - 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 has been complemented within the stripped out interior with carefully selected materials and colours.
The model features a pair of ultra lightweight carbon fibre-shelled bucket seats, upholstered in Alcantara as standard and modelled on those in the McLaren P1, providing 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 have been incorporated within the intuitive touchscreen infotainment system.