McLaren 765LT – track focused version of 720s and successor of 675LT has been revealed. it was expected to be revealed this week at 2020 Geneva Motor Show which got cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak.
McLaren seems to be on top of their game for the past few years. McLaren 720s simply annihilated it’s competitors like Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Lamborghini Huracan. Now that Ferrari released 488 Pista in 2018, the track focused version of 488 GTB, it seems they have caught up to McLaren as 488 Pista managed to put a faster lap time than 720s in 9 out of 10 race tracks. It must be noted however that 720s is what we could consider ”street” focused supercar, whereas 488 Pista is track focused. Naturally, it was only question of time when McLaren would answer with their track focused edition of 720s.
McLaren 765LT produces 765 metric horsepower and insane 800 Nm of torque (45 ps and 30 Nm more than 720s). It also has gone on a diet and become 80 kilograms lighter than 720s (with dry weight of 1,229 kilograms/2,709 lbs).
McLaren claims 765LT will do 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.2 seconds, however we expect to see it doing the latter in under 7 seconds (since 720s has done 0-200 km/h in 7.1 seconds in its stock form despite McLaren claiming 8.0 seconds). 765LT’s final drive ratio is also 15% smaller than 720s which should considerably improve acceleration at high speeds.
As a track focused version it also features a lot of aero work – due to which it makes 25% more downforce and has turned 765LT in a much more aggressive looking machine.
Braking performance is improved too since 765LT has carbon-ceramic rotors and calipers from the Senna.
Front track has become wider by 0.6 cm and 765LT sits 0.5 cm lower than 720s.
Pricing of the McLaren 765LT hasn’t been released yet but it’s obvious it’s a monster. Will Ferrari 488 Pista be able to keep up with it? Or will Ferrari have to try to catch 765LT with a track version of F8 Tributo? Only time will tell.
McLaren 765LT price (11.04.2020 update)
In USA McLaren 765LT will have a base price of $358,000 – which is about $59,000 more than regular 720S however options worth $50,000 are included so it really is a steal. In reality you probably will have to spend a lot more – only 765 units of 765LT will be produced so you can expect the allocated owners adding quite a huge markup as the 765LT will be very sought after.