675LT Spider

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BrntRubber

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478 posts

61 months

Thursday 28th April
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Well good people, I collected her today. Her original owner was a real pleasure to deal with and really took care of her. Craig and Graham from Autolounge were also amazing in arranging scrape plates for her and a few other things.

I must admit I was nervous not having seen her before I bought her. I was ready to order new wheels and was even considering redoing the whole interior down the line.

Love at first sight! clap

The wheels don't photo well but look awesome in the flesh. No need at all to change them.

The interior is also lovely. Very elegant and suits the exterior colour which by the way is what I would have ordered from the factory... Wow and I haven't even seen her under bright sunlight yet.

It is a truly beautiful spec to my eyes. Not changing a thing.

The front bumper with the carbon front spoiler looks so aggressive and amazing. Just love it!

The exhaust is unreal. Dropped the rear window and the turbo spooling + gun shots on shifts.... wow! Made me feel like warp speed was initiated.

She has Trofeo Rs which seemed to struggle to get warm and sticky on the short drives today.

So these are my initial impressions. I like a feel like a kid again and a car hasn't done that to me in a long long time.

A few questions please:
When I select media there isn't an option for Bluetooth, just line-in.

Where is the line in? Is it a phone plug, optical or USB?

Are there 2 types of meridian audio systems for the 675? Is meridian the upgraded option?

Can Bluetooth be added or is it very costly?

Are the Trofeo Rs considered the best tire for the car?

Thank you all for the amazing advice and all the kind help.

500 miles back to London over the next 3 days so will report back. beer


Edited by BrntRubber on Thursday 28th April 22:03

Bispal

1,170 posts

128 months

Friday 29th April
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BrntRubber said:
Well good people, I collected her today. Her original owner was a real pleasure to deal with and really took care of her. Craig and Graham from Autolounge were also amazing in arranging scrape plates for her and a few other things.

I must admit I was nervous not having seen her before I bought her. I was ready to order new wheels and was even considering redoing the whole interior down the line.

Love at first sight! clap

The wheels don't photo well but look awesome in the flesh. No need at all to change them.

The interior is also lovely. Very elegant and suits the exterior colour which by the way is what I would have ordered from the factory... Wow and I haven't even seen her under bright sunlight yet.

It is a truly beautiful spec to my eyes. Not changing a thing.

The front bumper with the carbon front spoiler looks so aggressive and amazing. Just love it!

The exhaust is unreal. Dropped the rear window and the turbo spooling + gun shots on shifts.... wow! Made me feel like warp speed was initiated.

She has Trofeo Rs which seemed to struggle to get warm and sticky on the short drives today.

So these are my initial impressions. I like a feel like a kid again and a car hasn't done that to me in a long long time.

A few questions please:
When I select media there isn't an option for Bluetooth, just line-in.

Where is the line in? Is it a phone plug, optical or USB?

Are there 2 types of meridian audio systems for the 675? Is meridian the upgraded option?

Can Bluetooth be added or is it very costly?

Are the Trofeo Rs considered the best tire for the car?

Thank you all for the amazing advice and all the kind help.

500 miles back to London over the next 3 days so will report back. beer


Edited by BrntRubber on Thursday 28th April 22:03
Congratulations, I know Graham at Autolounge very well, great guy to deal with, a real 675LT expert.

You should have blutooth but need to manually pair your phone, there is a tutorial here:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4sEzLmXPUM

The radio is so dire that if you want radio my top tip is to use internet radio on your phone and blutooth it to the car.

There is a USB inside the cubby hole between the seats, make sure you use a small child to access it. There is also a 12V socket to the front of the cupholders facing the dashboard, use a small child, mirrors and set aside 30 minutes to find it.

Meridian is the upgrade, you can tell if you have the big wart on the top of the dash. I have standard audio, about the only option I don't have.

If you are driving on the road ditch the Trofeo's immediately. IMHO (others disagree) they are actually lethal, there is no grip in colder weather or any sort of dampness. On a warm dry day they are awesome, but we don't have too many of those! I have been using MPS4S for the last 8k miles and they have been superb. Can use my car in all weather and has 95% of the Trofeo grip in the warm.

You need to unlock the cars real performance by going into ESP DYN mode. For this make sure you are at least in sport / sport and then a short press the esc button so ESC DYN comes up in the instrument display. Without this mode the car is not only subject to traction control but is also torque limited. With ESC DYN activated you are not torque limited and the acceleration is unhinged! The difference is very obvious. You also get a safety net of traction control just in case but it will not intervene unless it senses a 'situation'. Only use this in the dry with Trofeo's.

On very bumpy roads you will ground out, being in sport (H) will harden the suspension and reduce this. Also in sport (P) you will get cracks on upshifts and down shifts. Works great at around 5k rpm + with a medium throttle, when you get used to it you can be whip cracking everywhere.

There are some great roads from Scotland, I recommend driving on the A68 over Carter Bar then the A686 over Alston towards the lake district. Both those roads will be sublime in the 675LT.

Have fun looking forward to some pics en-route.





BrntRubber

Original Poster:

478 posts

61 months

Friday 29th April
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Bispal said:
Congratulations, I know Graham at Autolounge very well, great guy to deal with, a real 675LT expert.

You should have blutooth but need to manually pair your phone, there is a tutorial here:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4sEzLmXPUM

The radio is so dire that if you want radio my top tip is to use internet radio on your phone and blutooth it to the car.

There is a USB inside the cubby hole between the seats, make sure you use a small child to access it. There is also a 12V socket to the front of the cupholders facing the dashboard, use a small child, mirrors and set aside 30 minutes to find it.

Meridian is the upgrade, you can tell if you have the big wart on the top of the dash. I have standard audio, about the only option I don't have.

If you are driving on the road ditch the Trofeo's immediately. IMHO (others disagree) they are actually lethal, there is no grip in colder weather or any sort of dampness. On a warm dry day they are awesome, but we don't have too many of those! I have been using MPS4S for the last 8k miles and they have been superb. Can use my car in all weather and has 95% of the Trofeo grip in the warm.

You need to unlock the cars real performance by going into ESP DYN mode. For this make sure you are at least in sport / sport and then a short press the esc button so ESC DYN comes up in the instrument display. Without this mode the car is not only subject to traction control but is also torque limited. With ESC DYN activated you are not torque limited and the acceleration is unhinged! The difference is very obvious. You also get a safety net of traction control just in case but it will not intervene unless it senses a 'situation'. Only use this in the dry with Trofeo's.

On very bumpy roads you will ground out, being in sport (H) will harden the suspension and reduce this. Also in sport (P) you will get cracks on upshifts and down shifts. Works great at around 5k rpm + with a medium throttle, when you get used to it you can be whip cracking everywhere.

There are some great roads from Scotland, I recommend driving on the A68 over Carter Bar then the A686 over Alston towards the lake district. Both those roads will be sublime in the 675LT.

Have fun looking forward to some pics en-route.
Thank you so much! Very helpful!

I am staying in the Lake District tonight and will check out those roads for sure. Super excited!

BrntRubber

Original Poster:

478 posts

61 months

Friday 29th April
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Bispal said:
You need to unlock the cars real performance by going into ESP DYN mode. For this make sure you are at least in sport / sport and then a short press the esc button so ESC DYN comes up in the instrument display. Without this mode the car is not only subject to traction control but is also torque limited. With ESC DYN activated you are not torque limited and the acceleration is unhinged! The difference is very obvious. You also get a safety net of traction control just in case but it will not intervene unless it senses a 'situation'. Only use this in the dry with Trofeo's.

On very bumpy roads you will ground out, being in sport (H) will harden the suspension and reduce this. Also in sport (P) you will get cracks on upshifts and down shifts. Works great at around 5k rpm + with a medium throttle, when you get used to it you can be whip cracking everywhere.

There are some great roads from Scotland, I recommend driving on the A68 over Carter Bar then the A686 over Alston towards the lake district. Both those roads will be sublime in the 675LT.

Have fun looking forward to some pics en-route.
Wow!

Bluetooth working and that driving route was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing that and if you know of any nice roads from the Lake Dostrict to the Cotswalds pls let me know.

I am sitting in the hotel in the Lake District and am about to enjoy a nice whiskey and reflect on what a glorious day.

I decided against ESC DYN today as I wanted to get comfortable with the car. I tried all the different suspension and power train settings.

Tomorrow I will try ESC DYN.

A glorious day and this car is truly exceptional. Thanks again for the help and for sharing those amazing roads.


supersport

3,534 posts

204 months

Saturday 30th April
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I would recommend the A689 to Stanhope and then the B6278 and follow to Barnard Castle for an eye test. Could maybe do a bit of North Yorkshire Dales to Reeth then tank Road to Layburn.

From there either head over to A1 to go South or bit more of Dales, Masham, Ripon A1 or of time other way to Hawes, Rbble Head Settle.

Enjoy

BrntRubber

Original Poster:

478 posts

61 months

Saturday 30th April
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supersport said:
I would recommend the A689 to Stanhope and then the B6278 and follow to Barnard Castle for an eye test. Could maybe do a bit of North Yorkshire Dales to Reeth then tank Road to Layburn.

From there either head over to A1 to go South or bit more of Dales, Masham, Ripon A1 or of time other way to Hawes, Rbble Head Settle.

Enjoy
Thank you for that. Perfect timing 😊

BrntRubber

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478 posts

61 months

Saturday 30th April
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Edited by BrntRubber on Saturday 30th April 06:25

justin220

4,746 posts

181 months

Saturday 30th April
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That looks fantastic, congratulations!

Keep us posted on how you are getting on!

Bispal

1,170 posts

128 months

Saturday 30th April
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BrntRubber said:
Wow!

Bluetooth working and that driving route was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing that and if you know of any nice roads from the Lake Dostrict to the Cotswalds pls let me know.

I am sitting in the hotel in the Lake District and am about to enjoy a nice whiskey and reflect on what a glorious day.

I decided against ESC DYN today as I wanted to get comfortable with the car. I tried all the different suspension and power train settings.

Tomorrow I will try ESC DYN.

A glorious day and this car is truly exceptional. Thanks again for the help and for sharing those amazing roads.
Glad you enjoyed it! I need to go back myself, last time i did those roads was 4 years ago in my Exige.

I have driven to the lake district more times than i care to remember from london and have never found a decent route. There is a lot of dross, you can cut through the Yorkshire Dales but thats follwed by 2.5 hours of motorway or just clear Birmingham and then work your way down to caffiene and machine and enjoy the last 90 mins. However i have now started, when i have time, doing the long cut that is wales. Just head down the M6 then peel off into Wales and you cant go wrong, so many good roads im always surprised. If anyone else has some good routes as an m6 alternative i would be interested as i have never found them.

Have a great day, car looks amazing in the photos. Oh and the most picturesque road in the Lakes IMHO is the Honister pass, B5289, the whole length. Trouble is its slow and bumpy, not a great 675LT road, I would do it in mine but slowly looking at the awesome scenery.



br d

7,777 posts

203 months

Saturday 30th April
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Beautiful car, congratulations. You can't go wrong with that.
I picked up a new mclaren from Glasgow a few years ago and drove back down through the Dales and the Peak District, some amazing roads.


Can I just give a quick thank you to Bispal. I had a 720S coupe when they came out (which I drove all over Europe!) and I've just bought a 720S Spider, neither of which I had ever played with ESC DYN settings.
After your post the other day I went up the lanes and tried it, brilliant!

Need to get Pilot Sports now because the P Zeros cannot handle the power of ESC DYN even on a bone dry summers day.

Great tip, thanks.

Bispal

1,170 posts

128 months

Saturday 30th April
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br d said:
Beautiful car, congratulations. You can't go wrong with that.
I picked up a new mclaren from Glasgow a few years ago and drove back down through the Dales and the Peak District, some amazing roads.


Can I just give a quick thank you to Bispal. I had a 720S coupe when they came out (which I drove all over Europe!) and I've just bought a 720S Spider, neither of which I had ever played with ESC DYN settings.
After your post the other day I went up the lanes and tried it, brilliant!

Need to get Pilot Sports now because the P Zeros cannot handle the power of ESC DYN even on a bone dry summers day.

Great tip, thanks.
Brilliant, so glad you tried it. The difference is astonishing! Its amazing how many owners simply don't know about it. I am certain the dealers are not allowed to demo it or show it. You spend ages thinking your car is super fast and then you realise its got another secret layer of performance on top smile



br d

7,777 posts

203 months

Saturday 30th April
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Bispal said:
Brilliant, so glad you tried it. The difference is astonishing! Its amazing how many owners simply don't know about it. I am certain the dealers are not allowed to demo it or show it. You spend ages thinking your car is super fast and then you realise its got another secret layer of performance on top smile
Thanks mate.
I presume this is the mode people are driving in when they test these cars?
No one ever seems to mention it. Chris Harris never says his in ESC mode on his track tests with drift control.

BrntRubber

Original Poster:

478 posts

61 months

Saturday 30th April
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Bispal said:
Brilliant, so glad you tried it. The difference is astonishing! Its amazing how many owners simply don't know about it. I am certain the dealers are not allowed to demo it or show it. You spend ages thinking your car is super fast and then you realise its got another secret layer of performance on top smile
Is this when it shows the orange icon on the dash which looks like traction control off?

MOD500

2,684 posts

227 months

Sunday 1st May
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Big congratulations Brnt :-))

Great to read your post and sense the epic excitement are feeling after collection and first drive !

Ref the tyres, as other have said the PS4S are good are all round tyre inc. v capable in rain.

If using sport / sport + esc dyn mode would get tyres up-to 25deg min or ideally 30 deg before giving it large. If powertrain mode in track + esc dyn then tyres need to be toasty hot in dry and have your wits about you cos can get lively if get on peddle hard out of corners.

Have a great drive home tomorrow and enjoy v much :-))

BrntRubber

Original Poster:

478 posts

61 months

Sunday 1st May
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MOD500 said:
Big congratulations Brnt :-))

Great to read your post and sense the epic excitement are feeling after collection and first drive !

Ref the tyres, as other have said the PS4S are good are all round tyre inc. v capable in rain.

If using sport / sport + esc dyn mode would get tyres up-to 25deg min or ideally 30 deg before giving it large. If powertrain mode in track + esc dyn then tyres need to be toasty hot in dry and have your wits about you cos can get lively if get on peddle hard out of corners.

Have a great drive home tomorrow and enjoy v much :-))
Thank you very much.

May I ask please esc dyn mode is when it shows the orange icon on the dash? Does ot say anything else?

Want to be sure as it looks like traction control off on other cars.

Thanks again.

MOD500

2,684 posts

227 months

Sunday 1st May
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Yes it shows the little orange light plus says esc dyn on small dash screen for few seconds after selecting. See section 2.40 here:

https://cars.mclaren.com/content/dam/mclaren-autom...

Edited by MOD500 on Monday 2nd May 00:19

BrntRubber

Original Poster:

478 posts

61 months

Monday 2nd May
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MOD500 said:
Yes it shows the little orange light plus says esc dyn on small dash screen for few seconds after selecting. See section 2.40 here:

https://cars.mclaren.com/content/dam/mclaren-autom...

Edited by MOD500 on Monday 2nd May 00:19
Awesome thank you!

Bispal

1,170 posts

128 months

Monday 2nd May
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BrntRubber said:
MOD500 said:
Big congratulations Brnt :-))

Great to read your post and sense the epic excitement are feeling after collection and first drive !

Ref the tyres, as other have said the PS4S are good are all round tyre inc. v capable in rain.

If using sport / sport + esc dyn mode would get tyres up-to 25deg min or ideally 30 deg before giving it large. If powertrain mode in track + esc dyn then tyres need to be toasty hot in dry and have your wits about you cos can get lively if get on peddle hard out of corners.

Have a great drive home tomorrow and enjoy v much :-))
Thank you very much.

May I ask please esc dyn mode is when it shows the orange icon on the dash? Does ot say anything else?

Want to be sure as it looks like traction control off on other cars.

Thanks again.
It will say ESC DYN in the instrument display. That's how you know its activated.



Bispal

1,170 posts

128 months

Monday 2nd May
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br d said:
Bispal said:
Brilliant, so glad you tried it. The difference is astonishing! Its amazing how many owners simply don't know about it. I am certain the dealers are not allowed to demo it or show it. You spend ages thinking your car is super fast and then you realise its got another secret layer of performance on top smile
Thanks mate.
I presume this is the mode people are driving in when they test these cars?
No one ever seems to mention it. Chris Harris never says his in ESC mode on his track tests with drift control.
No, I was never told about it by the dealer, a fellow owner told me a few weeks after I bought my car. I had read it in the manual but hadn't anticipated just what a difference it would make, I am sure Chris Harris & Henry Catchpole ask how to turn everything off and of course Tim 'Shmee150' knows all about it but I think 95% of what you see on line is with ESC fully on. Bruno Senna's own personal car is a 675LT and there are some videos of him driving the 675LT on EVO website. After chatting to Bruno and following him on track in a Senna, where he told me the 675LT is still his favourite McLaren, I can confidently state he does not know what ESC is rofl



Swampy1982

2,982 posts

88 months

Monday 2nd May
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Let see some more pics then! Don't pretend you haven't taken loads!