McLaren has unveiled a hotter version of its 720S supercar, dubbed the 765LT.
The latest member of McLaren’s family of track-focused ‘Longtail’ models, the 765LT takes the already quick 720S and bumps it up a notch, with more power, more extreme aerodynamics and less weight.
First, the engine. Mounted behind the passengers is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 developing 563kW of power (or 765PS, thus its name) and 800Nm of torque – 33kW and 30Nm up on the 720S.
Channeled to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – with retuned mapping that enables 15 per cent quicker in-gear acceleration – the LT sprints from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, covers 0-200km/h in 7.2 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 330km/h.
Accenting the power gains is an 80-kilogram weight loss – bringing the total dry mass to 1229kg – as a result of a more extensive use of carbon fibre, 40 per cent lighter titanium, quad-tip exhaust system, thinner window glass, polycarbonate rear window, titanium wheel nuts, lighter seats and more.
No air conditioning or sound system are fitted as standard, though buyers willing to add 1.5kg of bulk can opt for a four-speaker version of the latter for no additional cost.
Downforce has been increased by 25 per cent over the 720S, thanks to a more aggressive front splitter and bumper, new side skirts, bigger rear diffuser and a revised active rear spoiler with a 20 per cent greater surface area.
Under the skin, an updated Proactive Chassis Control II system, stiffer springs and a quicker steering ratio have been fitted, resulting in a 5mm lower ride height and 6mm wider track.
Hiding behind the 19-inch front and 20-inch rear 10-spoke, forged alloy wheels – wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R rubber – are the same carbon-ceramic brake discs and calipers from the hardcore Senna, which enable a 100km/h to zero stopping distance of just 29.5m.
Inside, carbon fibre adorns the 18kg-lighter sports seats, centre console and certain parts of the floor, complemented by an abundance of Alcantara and ‘765LT’ badging.
Just 765 examples of the 765LT coupe– excluding an eventual Spider model – will be produced, with first deliveries set to commence in September. An unknown amount will reach Australian shores.