One Fast Macca: Woking Pins Performance Times to 765LT
Pop quiz, hotshot. What’s hand-assembled in Britain, rips to 60mph in 2.7 seconds, and turns the quarter-mile trick in less than 10 seconds? If you guessed the outrageous new 2020 McLaren 765LT, give yourself a gold star. Or at least a tank full of premium.
Oh, yeah; did we mention that it is completely sold out?
That’s right, we’re bringing you news you can solely use as fodder for pub quizzes and not for information about cars you can actually buy. Only 765 individually-numbered examples of the 765LT will be produced to customer order and every single one of them has been spoken for by the world’s elite. McLaren boasts that ‘expressions of interest’ for 2021 also now exceed the total number of cars available.
Makes you wonder why they’ve decided to hock their house, huh?
But back to the news at hand. Ron and Co. put the 765LT on a diet of Lean Cuisines, shaving nearly 180 lbs from the curb weight of the already-lithe 720S. McLaren says the car’s minimum dry weight checks in at just a hair over 2,700lbs. Given the powertrain under its bespoke carbon-fiber aerodynamic features, buff books should have no trouble matching the 765LT’s claimed performance figures.
Powering the thing is a 4.0L, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 making around 750 horsepower (765 metric ponies, hence the name) and 590 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the expected sub-three second 0-60mph rip, the new LT is capable of reaching 120 mph from a standstill in just 7.0 seconds, 0.2 seconds ahead of McLaren’s own target when they previewed the car earlier this year.
As is McLaren’s wont, they are showing off examples of the 765LT spec’d by McLaren Special Operations. These machines generally have dizzying paint jobs and those previewed here are no exception. This car deploys a Strata theme, said to be a three-color design requiring 390 hours of hand painting and finishing. Strata’s Azores orange base color is fused with Memphis Red and Cherry black, the two overlay colors running through the paint scheme in opposite directions to meet and blend on the panels of the 765LT’s dihedral doors.
Kinda puts my rattle can spray jobs in perspective, then.
Deliveries of the new McLaren Longtail, which the company describes as “the most extreme McLaren Super Series model to date” will begin at the end of this month.