FIRST DRIVE: McLaren 765LT: Flat out on track in the latest longtail (4K)

FIRST DRIVE: McLaren 765LT: Flat out on track in the latest longtail (4K)


Watch our first look round the 765LT: Here it is then, the harder, faster 720S: the 765LT. Sticking to the formula producing (as the name suggests) 765hp, 45hp more than the 720S. It also weighs 80kg less. As a result it’ll do 0-62mph a tenth faster than the 720S, in 2.8 seconds, and 0-124mph in 7.2 – that’s a full six tenths faster and, to keep the marketing department happy, just four tenths behind the Senna and P1. Top speed? 205mph. But what’s it like to drive? Well, Magazine’s Head of Car Testing, Ollie Marriage, went to find out. Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?

this is the mclaren 765 lt if you want to know all the facts and details about it click here to see a video we’ve already done if you want to know what it’s like to drive let’s go and find out let’s start as we mean to carry on so we’ll go for a full launch start so press active into handbrake off into launch everything wound up tight manual gears okay off we go boost building right and we’re off so they claim not 62 in 2.7 seconds i know i’m telling you facts already and i said i wouldn’t but the facts are quite unhinged naught to 124 in seven flat and the standing quarter mile in under 10 seconds and enough lateral grip on these trafeo our tyres to rip your face off this is mclaren’s third lt car they had the 675 lt which was fabulous and it was mainly fabulous is that it was the car that first put mclaren on the map for building amazing drivers cars because it was based on the 650 which was a big improvement on the 12c but up until that point all we’d seen was the p1 being amazing the 675 came along and it was better than the p1 it was a game changer for mclaren the 600 lt by the time that came along expectations were so high from the 675 it couldn’t help but fall a little bit short the question is is how this fits into the pantheon of fast mclarens and the answer is i’m not sure obviously it’s the uprated 720s having driven this car a little bit already in dynamic mode it’s still this is ridiculous it’s practically wheel spinning at 100 miles an hour down towards the hairpin at angle seat right we’ll tip it in here so like ferrari it’s got a sideslip control and you can play in dynamic mode quite well that’s 130 more and more coming down there it’s terrific but it’s not that terrific the issue is that the 765 doesn’t flatter the driver it’s a bit spiky aggressive and intimidating it has great steering feedback but it’s snatchy rather than smooth and you’ve really got your hands full when the rear moves wide there’s still lag low down in the engine but at the top end it’s an utter savage mclaren talk about driver engagement this car just being all about driver engagement they’ve decided that it’s driver engagement and make it angry and it’s better if they make it angry as well as engaging the driver so it’s fairly full-on you don’t want to be in full house track mode on the handling because it makes the front really really stiff it’s just for the speed it racks up is just amazing really it really really is it’s got buckets of grip and the more i drive it the more i’m getting used to it but i still don’t 100 trust it the thing the 675 did so well was it flowed brilliantly and this doesn’t have that same sense of flow as the 675 you find yourself breathing quite deeply when driving this car breathing quite deeply and being a little bit nervous you feel like you can trust that front end pretty well but the back end you’ve got to be a bit circumspect with so mclaren’s third lt but for me not their best lt a good car not a great car

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