What is it like on the inside?
Open the door and you can sense weight has been saved. The dash trim looks leaner, there’s barely any padding about the place, the steering wheel is hard in your hands, the seat equally unyielding. Carbon and alcanatara dominate. The standard 720S is hardly plush, but the 765LT definitely hits a more pared back note.
The driving position is superb, the wheel lovely to hold, you’re sat low in the car, and although the fundamental controls and layout are the same, the vibrations and noise in here make it feel every inch the track car. Aiding this was the £28,730 Clubsport Pro Pack (Senna seats, titanium harness bar and harnesses, three camera telemetry system, upgraded brake discs), plus enough optional carbon to keep McLaren’s new Sheffield facility buzzing for the next few months – this is the first car to have components made there. Not that that’s made them any less costly as you’ll pay £3,600 for an LT branded carbon fibre sill plate.
Practicality hasn’t suffered amongst all the weightsaving – if you want to use the 765LT for weekends away, it has the same 150-litre nose boot and 210-litre back deck behind the seats as the standard 720S. We haven’t driven it on the road yet, but it should be safe to point out your luggage will probably cope better with the journey than you.
One thing to bear in mind. Our car had a new feature – an optional clear engine cover on the back deck meant to put the engine on display. In reality it’s more of a porthole with little to gasp and point at on the other side. Save the £*** it costs.