The Longtail name forever lives on with the newest McLaren model to bare that legendary nameplate, the 765 LT. It is based on the 720S featuring similar components but on the 765 LT, the weight has been shed off and the power output is increased. There will only be 765 units built and I am pretty sure it will be sold out immediately because a supercar such as this, which is a successor of the 675 LT, will be a favourite to many customers.
It is powered by McLaren’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, almost used in every McLaren model and in this one it produces a not so surprising 765 hp (563 kW) and 800 Nm of torque. It is mated to an improved 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission which is 15% faster in gear changes than the 720S. It comes with rear-wheel drive but hitting 0-100 km/h is no less than 2.8 seconds showing that it has entered the hypercar territory in supercar form.
The 765 LT has been lightened by using carbon fibre components, fitting a quad titanium exhaust pipe and thinner glass. The wheels have been lightened also and designed in a 10-spoke look wrapped in sticky Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres. As a result, the McLaren 765 LT has shed off 80 kg of weight and weighs at only 1 229 kg.
The handling has been exceptionally improved over the 720S by improving the downforce by 25%. This has been made possible by revising the front and rear bumper, front splitter, side skirts, the rear diffuser and the active rear wing. The suspension has been improved and tweaked to perform at peak level and to ensure that the handling reaches perfection, the steering rack has been revised for better cornering.
The interior design is similar to the 720S but there are lightweight carbon fibre seats taken from the McLaren Senna and more lightweight material has been used throughout the interior to keep the weight down. There is no air-conditioning and an audio system as standard but that can be optionally fitted at no extra cost.