The McLaren 675 LT has been previewed by a number of media outlets this week and the reviews are fantastic. One of the common refrains by drivers has been “I can’t believe how comfortable this car is to drive.” Although one would think that every car in its class is comfortable to drive, comfort is a different quality than something like easy or fun to drive. The McLaren is certainly the cushiest of supercars, with many McLaren 675 owners saying they drive their cars far more often than they would have believed – even taking it to the grocery store or driving it to work
The Napier Green 675LT coupe is the subject of this review. The car is meant to be a track-focus limited-edition model in the Super Series line. The car has connections to the McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail, a beloved car dating to 1996, when it was a competitor of Porsche’s 911 GT1 and the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR.
The focus of ever McLaren is the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8. The difference in this iteration is that over half of the engine components are new, including the camshaft, the lighter connecting rods, fuel pump, and twin turbos. In fact those twin turbos are the same size as the ones on the 650S’ engine, except they are actually even more efficient. This all combines to put out 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a more than nice bump of 25 horses and 16 lb-ft over the 650S.
Most significantly for driving purposes is how slim the car is. The 675LT is 2,712 pounds, which comes in at 220 pounds lighter than a 650S. How did McLaren shed so much weight? By adding carbon fiber body panels, Alacantara in the cabin rather than carpet and leather, less sound deadening, and a polycarbonate engine cover. The struts and latches of the hood have even been removed to save weight, meaning you get to use a special carbon fiber tool to remove the polycarbonate.
The company also undertook small gestures that are imperceptible to drivers, such as the windshield being one millimeter thinner (losing 6.6 pounds), the rear bulkhead glass about half a millimeter thinner (shaving 1.1 pounds), and the carbon fiber being satin-finished rather than finished with gloss (saving 50 grams). The result is a car that drops a little weight almost everywhere.
You might have expected a bigger performance boost from 0 to 60 than the 2.8 seconds, which is only one tenth faster than the 650S. Its top speed is 205 mph, which is a little less than the 207 mph of the 650S. However, since this car is track ready, you may be interested in the extra 40 percent of downforce you get because of the 80-percent larger splitter. A bigger rear diffuser, new fenders, deck and lower bodysides also impact the way the car spins around the track. The engine produces a voluminous roar as it accelerates, a sound that is exactly like you expected from a car that looks like this one.
It’s a beautiful car that is stunningly well-made. The comfort factor comes in when reviewers realize that as unbelievably fast the car feels, you feel very comfortable behind the wheel, almost as if the car has molded itself into your body. The car’s Sport mode is a sight to behold, with perfectly weighted steering. Reviewers are raving about the perfection in steering overall. The performance is stunning, even if it doesn’t come with the flourishes of tire squealing and flames sparking that its Italian competitors seem to specialize in. The McLaren is suited for the technician.