McLaren already confirmed the P1 GTR for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, but the British manufacturer has another surprise for us, which will be unveiled at the same show. According to an official press release, McLaren will also introduce the 675LT at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, a model that joins the existing C and S range hierarchy.
As expected the LT model designation stands for ‘Longtail’ and McLaren says that it will be its lightest, quickest and purest version in the range. So, once again, the Longtail name is revived and the new 675LT will be a modern day interpretation of the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’.
As we said, the 675LT will join the core range of Mclaren supercars alongside the existing 650S and Asia-only 625C. Just like on the other morels, the number 675 denotes the power produced by the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, which makes it the most powerful model in its range.
“The iconic Longtail name made its debut during the 1997 season of sportscar racing, and saw a legendary model from McLaren on the grids around the world evolve into the most efficient race-focused version seen to-date.” said the press release.
McLaren has equipped the new 675LT with adjustable settings for both Handling and Powertrain, as accessible through the Active Dynamics Panel rotary switches. Although this system is shared with other McLaren models, the Normal, Sport and Track settings are distinctively calibrated to the 675LT. Likewise, these settings are designed to deliver the most engaging, track-focused experience.
The new 675LT features a number of body changes that don’t just make its looks more dramatic but also improve its aerodynamics. For instance, the new 675LT feature a lower front ride height and a wider track. Its optimized handling was achieved by the fitment of a stiffer and lighter suspension setup that includes uprights and wishbones, as derived from the McLaren P1.
In addition, McLaren has recalibrated the adjustable suspension settings, resulting to better levels of driving engagement, agility and road holding. As standard, the new 675LT rides on Ultra Lightweight 10-spoke forged alloy wheels, which are the lightest ever from McLaren as they are around 800g (combined) lighter than the previous record-holder.
While the new 675LT is faster than the 650S, it is also as practical as its predecessor. Although the new 675LT is made for the track, it remains to be a very usable road car with good levels of interior comfort.
Wrapped in lightweight Alcantara, the cabin of the 675LT comes standard with a satellite navigation system, a four-speaker Meridian hi-fi and DAB digital radio (Sirius satellite radio in North America). As standard, the 675LT is devoid of air conditioning to make it as light as possible. However, air conditioning can be specified as a no cost option.
The minimalist and driver-focused cockpit has been ergonomically optimized to offer minimal distractions for the driver. It boasts of an uncluttered driver zone, wherein the steering wheel comes with no mounted switches. Only clear and concise displays are found on either side of the larger rev counter. The rocker behind the steering wheel has been mounted with extended gearshift paddles made from carbon fiber, as inspired by those found on the McLaren P1.