Three years after introducing the 720S nameplate, McLaren Automotive has rolled out a lighter, more powerful variant, the 765LT
The 765LT is powered by a twin-turbo V-8 engine with 755 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque (800 newton meters), compared with the standard 720S's 710 hp and 537 pound-feet of torque. It joins the 720S coupe and convertible in the brand's Super Series of models.
Keeping in line with recent LT (Longtail) variants such as the 600LT and 600LT Spider convertible, the 765LT sheds weight off the car it is based on.
McLaren says it shaved 80 kg (176 pounds) off the 720S coupe to bring the 765LT's weight to 1,339 kg (2,952 pounds). Design elements such as a titanium exhaust system, a thinner windshield and thinner side window glass all contributed to weight savings.
Additionally, air conditioning and an audio system were removed, though McLaren noted that customers can order those features back into the car at no extra cost.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the 765LT is the use of carbon fiber. There's simply a lot of the lightweight material.
The front splitter, front bumper, side skirts, front floor, rear bumper, rear diffuser and rear wing are all made of carbon fiber. The automaker said the rear bumper, front floor and rear wing are manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Center—the first time components made there will be on a McLaren road car.
The 765LT accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds; 0-200 kph (124 mph) in 7.2 seconds.
McLaren says it will build 765 units. Deliveries are to begin in September.
The 765LT follows the Elva, 620R, and GT in McLaren's rollout of its Track 25 business plan.