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McLaren 765LT debut marks the next chapter of the Longtail story

McLaren has made a new model that's lighter than the 720S.

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With optimized throttle response and a whopping 7655 bhp, the McLaren 765LT is the latest member of the McLaren Super Series family. It the newest iteration of the Longtail MacLarens and represents the most dynamic and engaging LT model McLaren has offered to date.

The new model builds on the successes of the McLaren 720S. The British automaker has given the model advanced carbon fiber technologies and bespoke carbon fiber LT body panels. It weighs 176 pounds less than the 720S.

McLaren 765LT

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Its Super Series chassis has been tuned to be more engaging and the drive dynamics updated with hardware and software affiances. The car rides 5 mm lower in the front than the 720S and its front track is 6 mm wider. The springs are lighter weight in this model and roll stiffness has increased.

An extended front splitter and elevated active rear wing keep the car grounded, delivering 25 percent greater ground force than in the 720S. The wing works to assist the car's braking, allowing for softer brakes and better street driving performance - they're 60 percent stronger than traditional carbon ceramic discs and have four times the thermal conductivity. McLaren has employed Formula 1-inspired integrated caliper cooling in the model.

McLaren has forged a new 10-spke Ultra-Lightweight alloy wheel for the model that matches with titanium wheel bolts, and bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. The weight savings for the wheels versus shoe 720S's is 48.5 pounds.

Buyers get to choose from 13 available paint jobs.

It has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine under the hood that achieves 755 bhp and 590 pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed sequential shift gearbox is paired with the engine. Drivers can choose from Comfort, Sport, or Track drive modes.

McLaren claims the car can get to 60 seconds from a standstill in 2.7 seconds. To go from zero to 124 mpg it takes just 7.2 seconds.

McLaren has equipped the car with LT-specific springs and dampers. There's also stiffer engine mounts, which should help reduce some of the vibration felt in the cabin. The car has a full-titanium, quad-exit exhaust.

The motorsport-inspired interior design features carbon fiber racing seats, carbon fiber center tunnel, exposed carbon fiber floor, and Alcantara upholstery throughout. McLaren is offering the car with the buyer's choice of eight color schemes.

The light-weighting of the model has caused McLaren to remove many of the comfort and convenience features in the model, though the automaker is quick to point out that they can be added for a price. A standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen makes the cut, but an audio system, rearview camera, and park assist are options.

Just 765 individually numbered cars will be available to order globally. Pricing announced shortly. Deliveries will start in September.

A new McLaren model shows off the automaker's customization options.

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McLaren is raising the bar on super luxury sports car personalization options with the new McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO. The customization crafted by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) takes the craftsmanship of the car and heightens the emotional appeal by delivering a unique one-of-one look for the most exclusive of customers.

This particular model utilizes the GT. According to McLaren,

"The Verdant Theme GT by MSO revels in a feeling for the verdant landscapes and fresh horizons that the GT has been designed to explore. Colors and materials employed with the highest level of technical precision reflect hues and textures from the natural world – for example, key touch points in the cabin are trimmed in cashmere, the first time this softest and most luxurious of wools has been used by McLaren and the first time it has become available in a supercar."

The car has a satin tri-tone paint finish that moves from light to dark blending three shades of green (Horsell Green, Arbor and Steppe Green) from nose to tail. The paint job required 430 hours of work to complete, the most complex process ever undertaken by MSO.

There are hand-painted pinstripe accents in Napier Green along the body and front splitter. The bespoke brake calipers are painted Napier Green as well. There's a MSO Black Pack that adds gloss black wheels, upper window surround, and exhaust finisher.

McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO

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Inside, Dark Green, Jet Black and Laurel Green leather with Laurel Green micro-piping contrasts with charcoal grey cashmere that is on the center tunnel, the door inserts, the lower section of dashboard, sun visors, head restraints, and the back upper section of the seats.

MSO has been working to perfect the application of cashmere for 18 months. It currently has limited availability as the most exclusive MSO option.

Further, the cabin has a dedication plaque, embroidered logos, and an accelerator panel laser-etched with the MSO logo.

No enhancements have been made to the car's powertrain.

Further information about McLaren Special Operations and the personalization opportunities it offers is available at https://cars.mclaren.com/en/mso.

The McLaren Hyper-GT prototype has reached impressive speed during testing.

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McLaren's chief test driver, Kenny Brack, has taken the McLaren Hyper-GT prototype up to 250 mph at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Speedtail prototype has undergone its final high-speed testing as part of its development and validation process. The car, nicknamed "XP2" reached that 250 mph maximum speed over 30 times on the space shuttle landing runway at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds. Other test facilities where the feat was achieved include Idiada in Spain and Papenburg in Germany.

McLaren Hyper-GT prototype McLaren tested the vehicle on NASA's space shuttle landing strip in Florida.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive Limited

"It's fitting that the Speedtail's high-speed test program concluded with multiple maximum-speed runs at a location so strongly associated with pushing the boundaries of extreme performance and engineering excellence," said Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive. "The Speedtail is a truly extraordinary car that epitomizes McLaren's pioneering spirit and perfectly illustrates our determination to continue to set new benchmarks for supercar and hypercar performance."

XP2 is 17-feet long and made of carbon fiber, It's a three-seater and has the lowest aerodynamic drag coefficient of any vehicle McLaren has ever produced. The lower the drag coefficient, the better the vehicle is able to slip through the air, allowing it to be more efficient with its power usage.

McLaren Hyper-GT prototype The nose of the model is familiar to McLaren brand enthusiasts.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive Limited

The model is powered by a gas-electric hybrid powertrain that delivers more horsepower and torque than any McLaren road-worthy vehicle to date. It can get from zero to 186 mph in less than 13 seconds thanks to its 1,055 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.

The car's battery pack has a density of 5.2 kW/kg making it the best power-to-weight ratio of any automotive high voltage battery system. Like a traditional hybrid powertrain, the batteries recharge as the vehicle is driven. However, the battery can also be trickle charged via a wireless charging pad. This pad is standard equipment with the production model and allows the car to stay charged even when it's not in use.

McLaren Hyper-GT prototype The model is 17 feet in length.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive Limited

The first customer-ready models of the 106 McLaren Speedtails that will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England. They will be assembled to order and deliveries will be scheduled starting in February 2020.

All of the Speedtails have already been sold. The asking price? Right around $2.1 million each.