McLaren is gearing up for the first deliveries of the new 765LT supercar, which is more powerful and also been treated with a Longtail (LT) version of the McLaren 720S.
The new McLaren 765LT is officially capable of a 0-124mph (200 km/h) in a mind-bending 7 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than the original target figure- while the quarter-mile is just a matter of 9.9 seconds, beating once again the company’s estimates.
That means that the new McLaren 765LT is faster to 186 mph than the lighter and more powerful Senna by 0.8 seconds, which should not be that big of a surprise given the latter’s extreme aero agenda.
That’s because McLaren adds power while reducing weight on the 765LT. Its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 produces 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts), and it’s saddled with just 2,709 pounds (1,229 kilograms) to carry. Compared to the 720S, that’s a weight savings of 136 pounds and 45 hp, though it’s widely believed McLaren underrates the 720S in the power department. Until a 765LT reaches a chassis dyno, we could simply be seeing what the 720S actually packs under its bonnet.
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has also developed a number of new paint techniques to allow 765LT owners “a whole new level of personalization possibilities”.
One of those new possibilities is the Strata theme, a three-color design inspired by a city skyline that requires 390 hours of hand painting and finishing. The base color of the Strata theme here is Azores Orange, which is then fused with Memphis Red and Cherry Black as you move towards the front end of the vehicle. The brake calipers are also part of the color blend, with the front ones finished in Volcano Red and the rear ones in Azores Orange.
McLaren will produce just 765 individually numbered examples of the new 765LT, with the 2020 production run already sold-out and the expressions of interest for 2021 already exceeding the number of cars available. The first deliveries will begin at the end of September.