McLaren 675LT headed to Geneva

By Bob Nagy on January 28, 2015 10:25 AM

The Geneva Auto Show is shaping up to be a major event for McLaren Automotive. In addition to its previously announced track-only P1 GTR ultracar, the British automaker will be unveiling a new and "track-focused" incarnation of its 650S Coupe. Seen here in factory spy shots wearing a distinctive camouflage wrap, the car, officially designated the McLaren 675LT, will be "the lightest, quickest and purest version" of the newly named McLaren Super Series, which currently includes the standard 650S and the less-powerful, Asian-only 650C.

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While fully street legal, this new coupe-only McLaren model is definitely born to run on any circuit. Its name speaks directly to that pedigree. The 675 designates Euro-spec "PS" pony count of its 3.8-liter twin-turbo McLaren V8 - which translates into a still quite stout 666 of our SAE horses. That compares to 641 in the 650S and 616 in the 625C. The LT stands for "Longtail," an eponymous tag first used on a stretch version of the original McLaren F1 GTR that was created to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997. 

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As it did quite successfully with the F1 GTR, the new aero-optimized aft bodywork coupled with other yet to be revealed enhancements will make the 675LT even sleeker than a 650S and add more high-speed downforce while reducing is curb weight and boosting its "driver engagement" level. McLaren also mentioned the new 657LT will deliver "startling performance figures." That's  saying quite a bit since the standard 650S can streak from 0-60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds and top out at 207 mph. 

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