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McLaren 675LT: 666 Demonic Horses Stampede To Geneva Motor Show [PREVIEW]

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(Photo : McLaren Automotive Limited) The McLaren 675LT recalls the F1 GTR "Longtail" racer from 1997. The 666 horsepower turbocharged coupe will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.

By 1995, Gordon Murray, designer of the legendary McLaren F1, gave in to the pressure from numerous racing teams to modify his masterpiece for the track. Thus the McLaren F1 GTR was born, going on to a short and very successful grand touring racing career. In the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, the top five spots (including first place) were taken by GTRs, beating out bespoke race cars from Ferrari, Porsche, Honda, Corvette, Toyota and Nissan.

In 1997, rule changes enabled manufacturers to enter cars that were built to compete, as opposed to road cars that were modified for the track. McLaren built a new body for its GTR, with a longer nose and tail and larger rear wing. The engine was also modified and the car came to be known as the "Longtail." This car was so different from the road-going F1 that McLaren had to build a production model to satisfy FIA homologation rules (McLaren).

Just three examples of the F1 GT were built, and two of these were sold to wealthy enthusiasts. Compare this to the 106-vehicle run of the ultra-rare original F1.

The McLaren 675LT is a new road legal supercar that pays homage to the original F1 GTR "Longtail." It will join the 650S and Asia-only 625C as part of the newly named Super Series, which will slot above the Sports Series in the McLaren range. The number 675 denotes the amount of power in PS, or Pferdestärke (horse-strength in German). This equates to a devilish 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 RPM from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8.

(Photo : McLaren Automotive Limited)
A camouflaged McLaren 675LT undergoing road tests. The 675LT will join the 650S and Asia-only 625C as part of McLaren's newly named Super Series model range.

McLaren states that that 675LT's long rear end contributes to a 40 percent increase in downforce over the 650S (McLaren). A "bespoke titanium crossover exhaust" provides an evil grunt while saving weight. Hear it roar here:


The coupe-only 675LT is being touted as more track-ready than its Super Series stablemates and is rumored to have a limited production run of 250 units. It will make its debut at the 85th International Geneva Motor Show on March 3, 2015.

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