LIGHTER, more powerful and with even higher levels of performance on the road and track, the McLaren 765LT has been revealed as the latest, most dynamically advanced and engaging LT model ever from McLaren Automotive.
The 765LT is the continuation of a journey that began with the McLaren F1 GTR, through to the introduction of a series of LT road cars, with the 600 LT the most recent incarnation until now. But the new model goes further than ever before.
It elevates every attribute that underpins the LT range to new levels, including driver engagement, track-focused dynamics, minimised weight, optimised aerodynamics and increased power.
Exclusivity is also assured, with just 765 individually numbered cars to be available. The McLaren 765LT features advanced carbon fibre technologies and bespoke carbon fibre LT body panels, delivering an 80kg reduction in weight over the 720S on which it’s based.
Together with power and torque from the McLaren engine, along with the transmission gearing optimised for scintillating in-gear acceleration and LT-specific suspension springs and dampers, this is the basis for a wholly immersive driving experience.
The state-of-the-art, linked-hydraulic Proactive Chassis Control II suspension introduced with the 720S features updates to both software and hardware to meet the dynamic requirements of the 765LT.
Advances made during the development of the McLaren Senna and Speed-tail have seen the suspension system algorithms revised to ensure even greater precision and control. Front ride height is reduced by 5mm too, and the front track is 6mm wider.
These changes together improve both grip and balance. New lightweight main springs maintain load in the suspension on full rebound, while the use of two springs saves weight in comparison with one larger dual-rate spring.
The new, high-active rear wing, which deploys in less than half-a-second, aids power train cooling by drawing hot air out of the engine bay as well as increasing down force, while the air brake functionality reduces dive sensitivity under heavy braking.
Gearbox and suspension characteristics are adjustable through Comfort, Sport and Track modes, while a software controlled transmission will acknowledge the downshift request and change gears accordingly when the engine speed and road speed can be harmonised.
Braking performance is immense too, with the latest-generation carbon-ceramic discs, together with calipers from the McLaren Senna providing precise pedal feel and astonishing stopping power.
Formula 1-inspired integrated caliper cooling a technology introduced with the 765LT delivers cooling air to the front calipers and discs, reducing brake pad temperatures by up 50 degrees during track driving and ensuring consistency of pedal feel.
765LT buyers planning extensive circuit driving can specify a track brake upgrade that comprises the carbon ceramic discs fitted to the McLaren Senna and bespoke LT brake pads as well.
The Pirelli tyres developed for the 765LT play a significant role in both ultimate grip and steering feedback. Engineers from McLaren and Pirelli worked closely together to ensure the bespoke tread and construction of the tyres heighten the driving sensations.
Built using McLaren’s race car first engineering philosophies, the 765LT is powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 McLaren M840T engine which has a flat-plane crankshaft and dry sump lubrication.
It features ultra-low inertia twin-scroll turbochargers and electronically controlled waste-gates with LT-specific forged aluminium pistons, a three-layer head gasket used in the McLaren Senna and ultra-efficient, carbon-coated followers in the valve train.
Peak power is 563kW and maximum torque sits at 800Nm, and with the transmission gearing optimised for acceleration, it delivers virtually instant response to throttle inputs and in-gear acceleration up to 15% quicker than the class-benchmark 720S.
The extraordinary performance of the 765LT is summarised by its benchmark acceleration statistics, 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and 0-200km/h in 7.2 seconds. The highly intense, emotional connection is further enhanced with a full-titanium, quad-exit exhaust.
Depending on where the vehicle is sold, two titanium valves are additional to the titanium exhaust pipes; standard-fit under EU legislation, enabling a quieter exhaust note at lower engine speeds, or a more engaging tone and sound at higher revs.
While there is no audio system in the standard spec, a lightweight, McLaren 4-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio, DAB+, Bluetooth telephony, iPod/iPhone integration and audio voice prompts can be specified at no cost.
An upgraded, world-class audio system, developed specifically for the second-generation McLaren Super Series by Bowers & Wilkins, is available at an additional cost.
Additional convenience options include a choice of high-definition reversing camera or an enhanced 360-degree park assist system with one front, one rear and two door-mirror mounted HD cameras that together.
If you’re planning on owning one, be warned, you’ll stand out from the crowd. There are 17 exterior paint colours, including two unique to this new LT, Nardo Orange and Smoked White.
Australian customers interested in ordering one of the 765 examples of McLaren 765LT that will be offered should contact their local McLaren retailer as soon as possible, as they will all be gone quicker than you can blink.