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McLaren 675 LT

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:McLaren 675 LT



What is it like on the road?

Nothing less than one of the greatest automotive experiences ever. The bald performance figures tell some of the story: 0-62mph takes 2.9 seconds, 0-124mph is done in just 7.9 seconds, and its top speed is 205mph. But a more relevant number is the power-to-weight ratio: 542bhp-per-tonne, which suggests that McLaren might have driven itself to the brink of insanity in an effort to deliver the most focused driving experience imaginable (even the wiring loom is 3kg lighter). Half the components in the 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine are new, everything aft of the car’s B pillars is new, and a whole heap of F1-inspired aero tricks have been employed to ramp up the 675’s downforce. It also borrows the P1’s suspension, so while its acceleration can peel tarmac and the cornering forces are extraordinary, it also rides surprisingly sweetly. The steering gets a faster rack, and in Track mode gearshifts can be as quick as 40 m/s. It really is mind-blowing.


How about something completely different?


Aston Martin GT12. Can’t get near the 675 LT dynamically, but still a highly desirable reboot of an Aston that’s nearing classic status