McLaren Has a Two-fer for Geneva with 675LT and P1 GTR

Street model may be sold out by the end of the Geneva Motor Show.

by on Mar.04, 2015

The new McLaren 675LT debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and will do zero-to-60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Have a need for speed? And $395,000 dollars burning a hole in your pocket? McLaren can come to the rescue with the 675LT model making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week. As just one measure of what it can do, it will launch you from a standing start to 100 kmh, or 62.5 mph, in a mere 2.9 seconds.

But you better act fast, McLaren warning that it could sell out the limited-edition model in “days,” based on preliminary orders and inquiries.

Power!

If they’re all gone by the time you cash out your old stocks and bonds, no worry. The British maker also brought to Geneva the new P1 GTR which pumps out almost 50% more power than the 675LT. Unfortunately, you’ll only have the chance to use this new model on the track.

The McLaren 675LT picks up on the maker’s long tail design heritage, bit adds some decidedly modern touches. As with other recent models from the British company, the two-seater boasts a carbon fiber chassis that helps keep total mass down to just 2,712 pounds.

The P1 GTR is a track-only beast with a jaw-dropping 986 hp roaring from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 that is paired to an electric motor.

The heavy emphasis on lightweighting is a top-to-bottom strategy. McLaren was able to save about 10 pounds just by using thinner glass in front and back and replacing the traditional metal engine cover with polycarbonate.

The LT features a 20 mm wider track than the earlier McLaren 650S, and borrows some suspension components and settings from the top-line P1 model. New aero tuning radically improves downforce, especially when opting for the aero package.

A Sport pack, meanwhile, lets an owner put in some serious track time with a titanium roll hoop, four-point harnesses and fire extinguisher.

The McLaren 675LT is powered by a 3.8-liter V-8 making 666 horsepower, 25 more than the 650S, directed into a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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McLaren has found ready buyers for a steady flow of new models in recent years and, with plans to produce only 500 copies of the 675LT, it expects to have all of them accounted for by the time the Geneva Motor Show wraps up mid-month.

The maker delivered a surprise by revealing two different models in Switzerland, though each has a very different audience. The McLaren P1 GTR is specifically aimed at buyers who want a car dedicated to track use only.

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It takes the street P1 to almost absurd new levels. Among other things, it promises to boost the road models already eye-popping 2G cornering capability. And it won’t just be aero neutral at speed, but is designed to deliver almost 1,500 pounds of downforce by the time it reaches 150 mph.

Power is rated at an equally jaw-dropping 986 hp from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 that is paired to an electric motor. The hybrid Instant Power Assist System is designed to deliver intense, albeit short, bursts of power for coming out of corners and launching onto straights. Power is channeled through an upgraded seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

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The GTR uses another McLaren carbon-fiber chassis, and it is not only wider than a street P1 but also sits about two inches lower. So low, in fact, it might scrape bottom on a rough tarmac.

No word on production volumes, but the P1 GTR is expected to sell reasonably quickly among track enthusiasts.

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