McLaren 675LT Review

I took a ride in a McLaren 675LT at The Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park in Surrey. I sat in the passenger seat of this hyper-modern, all British, no-holds-barred supercar while the owner drove me around the test track. What an experience. What a car… writes reviewer Glenn Doncaster.

McLaren 675LT style & aesthetics

Looking at the 675LT you could easily mistake it for its older brother, the 650S. I know I have.

If you look closely though, there are a few things that make it unique.

The superb McLaren 675LT, image from the 2017 event
The amazing McLaren 675LT at The Supercar Event

The front splitter has been redesigned so now there are a few extra folds of carbon fibre down by the front wings and a slight inward dip at the front where there used to be a flat carbon panel.

There are also new, wider air intakes on the sides and specially designed air channels running from the side skirts to the offside rear. The enclosed double barrel exhaust system has been replaced with a far more exposed design.

Then you climb inside and are greeted by an interior that’s much the same as it was in the 650. The major difference is it’s noticeably more stripped out.

The McLaren 675LT - as fast as a Cheetah?The leather has gone and has been replaced with lightweight fabrics. The bucket seats have changed too; they’re smaller and tighter around your waist and shoulders. When you set off you realise the changes have been far from just cosmetic. It bolts off the line like a ravenous cheetah with the power of a volcanic eruption.

Cheetah image credit: Giphy

McLaren 675LT performance and vital statistics

The LT is powered by a 3.8 litre, 666 brake horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8 engine taking it from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 208 miles per hour. The performance isn’t just down to sheer force though; lightness plays a huge role, with this car weighing 70kg less than the car which spawned it.

McLaren 675LT Specification

 
Engine:3.8 litre V8 Twin-turbo
Power:666 bhp (675 ps)
0-60:2.8 seconds
Top speed:208 mph (330 kph)
Torque:700 nm (515 lb ft)

The end result is that it roars up the straights at an astounding pace and, soon, you’re at the turns… but that doesn’t mean this thing slows down, far from it in fact!

Those styling tweaks McLaren have made mean that this car achieves 40% more downforce than the 650S, and the 650S’ handling was amazing to begin with. It tears around bends with staggering speed and milli-metric precision.

No understeer, no oversteer, just unadulterated handling perfection. It hits every single last apex!

It’s as this monster fires its way through the corners and then launches itself up the straights that you get a real sense of its nature.

Despite having all the electronic gizmos of the 650S, and many more besides – including engine management control, a five setting stability control, electronic break balance and electronic steering assistance – it feels far less refined.

The 675LT is more raw and aggressive: it feels sharper, even verging on violent, in the simply electrifying way it dives into the twists. The noise of the LT is just right to make it an infinitely appealing speed and dream machine. It sounds like a furious leopard, roaring to the tune of a hydrogen explosion.

Final thoughts

I love this thing and it really is a shame that more of the 500 that McLaren built didn’t stay in Britain. It does exactly what we’d been hoping the 650S would do: it condenses much of the P1’s utterly insane psychopathic hypercar character into a more easily accessible, less temperamental supercar.

Such a miraculous feat makes this one of my favourite supercars I’ve ever been in and I hugely envy those who bought them because they got something that can do 75% of what McLaren’s flagship can do, for 30% of the cost.

Now, the sales pitch…

You’ve got to the end of this review, but don’t go yet!

If you’d like to have a similar experience in a McLaren 675LT or any of the other superb cars driven by our volunteer drivers at The Supercar Event, you can!

Check out our page on supercar and hypercar rides for more information.

Editors note: Glenn’s account is from his visit to The Supercar Event at Dunsfold on Sunday 25 June 2017. The Top Gear test track at Dunsfold is the former home of The Supercar Event. The event was held at the site until 2017. >> Event history

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