As you hammer down on the throttle of the 2016 McLaren 675LT, it takes a split second to realize this breathtaking piece of machinery is engineered to completely rattle the laws of science.
The performance numbers for our Napier green $400,000 test model alone are enough to dazzle a car lover. Take, for starters, the street-legal 675LT’s zero-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds. With a curb weight of 2,712 pounds—still one of the lightest cars in its class—the McLaren is practically as quick as Ducati’s flagship 1299 Panigale, a 367-pound superbike rated as one of the fastest in the world. And given the 675LT’s quarter-mile time, the sleek, low-profile racer is capable of covering the length of a football field (end zone to end zone) in a mind-blowing 1.72 seconds at 142 mph.
Not to mention that—in a dream world where supercars aren’t subject to speed restrictions—the McLaren could travel the 281 miles from Detroit to Chicago in a little over an hour at its top speed of 205 mph. The first car in nearly two decades to wear the racing brand’s iconic Longtail name, the 675LT owes most of its stunning qualities to the McLaren P1, from which it is derived.
Even the 675LT’s combined fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon is a modern-day marvel of sorts, given that its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 has a peak output of 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. And with a power-to-weight ratio of four pounds per hp, the car weighs about the same as a 2016 Honda Civic—but has almost four times the horsepower.
Insane, right? And yet the numbers don’t even begin to capture the rush you feel behind the wheel while strapped into the carbon-fiber-shelled bucket seats of the McLaren 675LT. Every element of the seven-speed dual-clutch-equipped supercar is engineered to boggle the mind as a road car, from the Formula One–style front-end plates to a new tech feature called “ignition cut” that facilitates lightning-fast shifts. Only 500 units of the McLaren 675LT were manufactured, which leads us to one final digit: the number that remain unsold. And that would be zero.