New 2020 McLaren 765LT revealed as latest Longtail model
The new McLaren 765LT has been unveiled, with the latest addition to the British carmaker’s Super Series line-up boasting a host of performance upgrades designed to justify its ‘Longtail’ badging.
The 765LT is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine producing up to 755bhp and 800Nm of torque. McLaren says 0-62mph takes 2.8 seconds, with 0-124mph completed in 7.2 seconds. According to the British firm, the in-gear acceleration is 15 per cent quicker than that of the 720S on which the LT is based.
Elsewhere, a range of measures have been taken to make the 765LT as light as possible. At the rear, a titanium quad-exhaust system represents a 40 per cent saving over an equivalent steel unit, while F1-grade transmission materials and thinner glass reduce the kerbweight further.
New, 10-spoke Ultra-Lightweight forged alloy wheels and bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres shave another 22kg off compared to the 720S, while the air conditioning and audio systems are removed as standard (the latter saving 1.5kg). These can be re-specced by customers at no extra cost, however. Altogether the 765LT weighs 1,339kg, making it 80kg lighter than the 720S coupe.
The 765LT comes with a new aero package: a carbon fibre splitter, front bumper, front floor, side skirts, rear bumper, rear diffuser and larger, active rear wing combine to provide 25 per cent more downforce. Of these components, the rear wing, rear bumper and front floor were designed by the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC); the first time this has happened on a road car. Meanwhile, carbon-ceramic disk and brake callipers from the McLaren Senna reduce stopping distances.
The steering has been made quicker and a stiffer torsion beam has been added to increase feedback to the driver. The front track width grows by 6mm and the front ride height is 5mm lower to improve handling, with the dampers and springs specially calibrated to factor in the new setup.
Inside, carbon fibre features heavily again with the racing seats, the central tunnel and floor are lined with the lightweight material. Various surfaces are finished in Alcantara, with McLaren offering a variety of colour themes to customers. 17 exterior colours – including Nardo Orange and Smoked White, both exclusive to the 765LT – are offered to customers, although the company says further options can be explored through the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division.
Production will be limited to 765 examples worldwide. No price has been given for the 765LT, although it should far exceed the £208,000 figure attached to the 720S.
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