"The 765LT is the most accomplished and exhilarating LT model ever from McLaren Automotive," said McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt

“At McLaren, we do not fear the unknown. We do not fear the challenge. The new McLaren 765LT has a legend to live up to: Longtail. Every car that’s carried this name has been unique. Extreme and utterly focused around the driver. All about maximum engagement. Searing performance. Sensational handling,” the supercar manufacturer says on its website after the launch of the McLaren 765LT.

“Being based on the incredible 720S, the latest LT has everything in its favour. A flying start. And it delivers on every level. Radically lightened and lower, the 765LT uses innovative aerodynamics to create 25% more downforce than the 720S.

“And this is the most powerful LT yet, with a shattering 765PS. Just 765 will ever be produced. For the lucky few, the next chapter is beginning … Introducing the new 765LT. Born from fearless engineering.”

McLaren 765LT

No official price for the McLaren 765LT has been released but those who can afford one of the 765 built will marvel at its performance. It is on sale in Europe in September and the rumour is about £280,000, which would be £60,000 more than the 720S.

“The 765LT is the most accomplished and exhilarating LT model ever from McLaren Automotive,” said McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt in a media release. “Incredible performance and astonishing levels of driver engagement – the result of hundreds of detailed engineering actions undertaken to ensure the purest possible connection between driver and car – are the stand-out attributes of a car developed with single-minded determination to deliver a wholly immersive driving experience.”

McLaren 765LT

The McLaren 765LT was unveiled at McLaren Technology Centre, in Woking, Surrey, as part of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, which was cancelled at its scheduled location due to the coronavirus Covid-19.

McLaren 765LT pays homage to the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, an extreme evolution of the original Formula 1 race car. Excluding the Senna, this latest model is the lightest, the most powerful and driver-engaging car in the family.

McLaren 765LT benefits from McLaren’s cutting-edge, light and stiff carbon fibre structure and bespoke carbon body panels, contributing to an 80kg weight loss compared to the 720S. The new car promises generous performance too – peak power of 765ps or 755-horsepower at 7,500rpm and maximum torque of 800Nm at 5,500rpm – all from the 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It hits 62mph in just 2.8 seconds and 124mph in 7.2 seconds, which is quicker than the 720S.

McLaren is claiming the McLaren 765LT is quicker than its rival supercars, like the Ferrari 488 Pista, Lamborghini Aventador S and Porsche 911 GT3.

“McLaren cars are as much about performance as visual drama. So here, all this power and speed find expression in the titanium quad-exit exhaust which creates a unique ‘LT soundtrack’. This is achieved through the design, angle and spacing of the four centrally-mounted round exhaust pipes: the diameter increases the exhaust volume, with the exact spacing of the pipes making that precise 765LT high-pitch note,” wrote Nargess Banks in Forbes.

McLaren 765LT

Dynamically the 765LT delivers on a whole new level, being lower, longer and wider than the 720S and featuring a complex sculpture of carbon fibre aerodynamic details including a longer active rear spoiler, aggressive rear diffuser, new bumper bars and a new front floor.

The renowned 720S running gear now features bespoke LT springs and dampers, remapped software for McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control II suspension system and carbon ceramic brake discs.

“The 765LT is faster, lighter and more powerful than any previous car with the LT badge and delivers almost telepathic intimacy and driver engagement,” said Super Series Vehicle Line Director Andreas Bareis. “The connection through the seat and the feedback from the steering wheel is incredible, allowing a customer to fully exploit every aspect of the ‘Longtail’ abilities, or simply take pleasure from every drive.”