On a McLaren, the now iconic LT (“long tail”) moniker immediately signals something very important about the intent of a car which bears it. Long tail refers to a lengthened tail which reduces drag, and appropriately optimized, increases aerodynamic stability and downforce as well. But there is much more to an LT McLaren than just the long tail. Perhaps the closest parallel are the letters RS from Porsche. A wholesale set of changes result in a car with more directness and immediacy: a communicative car for the driving enthusiast seeking feedback rather than a perfectly well-rounded all-weather car to use for nearly every purpose.
The modern LT franchise began with this car, the 675LT. The first modern McLaren, the MP4-12C, was sometimes criticized for being composed to the point of being dull, and the 675LT handily disposes of that notion. Weighing a svelte (by modern standards) 2,700 pounds dry and producing an appropriately sinister 666 hp, the rear-wheel-drive, hydraulically-steered 675LT is a firecracker, not just by the numbers, but also how it goes down the road. Compared to the 650S from which is derived, the 675LT has performance upgrades to every meaningful system: faster steering, revised suspension, 40% more downforce thanks to a new rear diffuser and an enlarged front splitter and rear wing, and some 220 pounds of weight reduction thanks to a host of changes ranging from more extensive use of carbon fiber to thinner glass and lighter wheels and lug nuts. As promised by the name, the tail is 1.3 inches longer than the standard car’s, and the rear end restyled as a result. The 8,500 RPM engine gains 25hp thanks to revised turbochargers, a new crankshaft, a titanium exhaust system, lighter connecting rods and camshafts, the latter of which also improve responsiveness. The net result is thrilling and edgy car with a hardcore track-oriented personality that makes any memory of the civilized McLarens which preceded it disappear very quickly. And with only 500 examples built, the already tasty details of the 675LT become even more intriguing.
This 4,000 mile 675LT Spider is very well optioned with Volcano Yellow paintwork, carbon fibre exterior upgrade pack (door mirrors, front bumper end plates, front splitter, rear bumper, upper and lower side intakes, side skirts, wheel arches, and diffuser), sports exhaust, stealth package, racing seats (touring size), carbon fibre sill panels with logos, alcantara and embossed leather interior, carbon fibre interior upgrade, parking sensors and rear camera, nose lift, yellow brake calipers, and stealth finish super lightweight wheels.