RE: Longtail 720S caught testing for the first time

RE: Longtail 720S caught testing for the first time

Friday 30th August 2019

Longtail 720S caught testing for the first time

McLaren said it had a new LT in the pipeline - here are the pics to prove it



Well, we were told it was coming, and (in all likelihood) here it is - the Longtail version of the 720S, caught at you know where doing you know what. Plainly it is that more aggressive front end which gives the game away; the standard model's uncluttered nose now the recipient of some fairly serious aerodynamic enhancements.

The redesigned splitter has been made dramatically larger and lower for a start, and the car has sprouted a couple of pronounced canards beneath its headlight/intake housing. That's exactly the sort of fine-tuning we'd expect from an LT-badged model, and signals a typically robust approach to the necessary styling alterations.


Elsewhere though the test mule doesn't give a whole lot away. Track-biased tyres and carbon ceramic brakes are virtually a given, but for now there doesn't seem to be any significant alterations to the back end, save perhaps for the addition of a stick-on Gurney flap to the 720S's already substantial pop-up rear spoiler. If the LT is physically longer, it isn't immediately noticeable.

Despite the blacked-out quarter glass, the development car has clearly earned what looks like a half cage - although we imagine that's been deployed purely for the rigours of testing at the Nurburgring. Everything else remains under wraps, including the name (though 750LT seems to have found favour on the internet since we last pitched it as a possibility).

Certainly we're expecting a power upgrade in line with previous Longtail efforts, alongside alterations to the chassis for a greater emphasis on track driving and, wherever possible, weight reduction. Regardless, it's surely early days in the LT's testing phase; we're not expecting to see the finished product until next year. Plenty of time for McLaren to experiment with other bolt-on solutions to the question of air flow...


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sidesauce

Original Poster:

1,308 posts

173 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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This car will be simply epic.

Krikkit

18,773 posts

136 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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I like that silly cars like this exist, but who steps out of a fully-lit 720S set to its fiercest settings and thinks "That's not fast or sharp enough"?

Maldini35

2,434 posts

143 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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If you want to go fast....

Phil Dicky

6,078 posts

218 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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Krikkit said:
I like that silly cars like this exist, but who steps out of a fully-lit 720S set to its fiercest settings and thinks "That's not fast or sharp enough"?
Every fast car I've had I have eventually got used to. Though to be fair. I've not reach the heady heights of something this fast smile

simonbamg

767 posts

78 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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Krikkit said:
I like that silly cars like this exist, but who steps out of a fully-lit 720S set to its fiercest settings and thinks "That's not fast or sharp enough"?
look at why the 675LT is so good, not all about ultimate speed

vz-r_dave

3,419 posts

173 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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What a mockery they are making of the LT name....

cmoose

48,224 posts

184 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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Which of these 'Long Tail' cars have long tails...?

E65Ross

24,794 posts

167 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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vz-r_dave said:
What a mockery they are making of the LT name....
A name they made? They can call it whatever they want laugh

cmoose said:
Which of these 'Long Tail' cars have long tails...?
Aren't all the LT models a little longer than the standard cars?

vz-r_dave

3,419 posts

173 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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E65Ross said:
vz-r_dave said:
What a mockery they are making of the LT name....
A name they made? They can call it whatever they want laugh

cmoose said:
Which of these 'Long Tail' cars have long tails...?
Aren't all the LT models a little longer than the standard cars?
Yeah a name they made associated with an actual longer car.... this is just a 720s with an expensive bodykit..... shame

deadscoob

2,090 posts

215 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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So a 675lt was just a 650s with an expensive body kit?
Presumably the same with the 600lt over 5x0 too?
Lol

vz-r_dave

3,419 posts

173 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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deadscoob said:
So a 675lt was just a 650s with an expensive body kit?
Presumably the same with the 600lt over 5x0 too?
Lol
A power hike and some carbon does not justify the LT badge imo.... especially when you consider the history of it all. But yeah lol

E65Ross

24,794 posts

167 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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vz-r_dave said:
E65Ross said:
vz-r_dave said:
What a mockery they are making of the LT name....
A name they made? They can call it whatever they want laugh

cmoose said:
Which of these 'Long Tail' cars have long tails...?
Aren't all the LT models a little longer than the standard cars?
Yeah a name they made associated with an actual longer car.... this is just a 720s with an expensive bodykit..... shame
You are either being obtuse, or ignorant by saying it's just a 720S with an expensive body kit. How have any of the other LT models been different compared to the original F1 LT? Was that not just an F1 with an expensive body kit?

So the LT models don't have any other engineering changes other than a body kit? No changes to the engine, suspension components, interior bits, wheels or whatever?

So , is an F1 LT just an F1 with an expensive body kit? If not, what makes it different compared to a newer LT model? Or is it that the expensive body kit is just a bit longer? laugh

D4rez

20 posts

11 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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vz-r_dave said:
Yeah a name they made associated with an actual longer car.... this is just a 720s with an expensive bodykit..... shame
I mean how is this different to Porsche GT3, that’s the name of a fully blown racing series and “just an expensive body kit” is just as true? What nonsense

PhantomPH

3,322 posts

180 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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Commenting here purely to point out that I clicked on the '720S for sale' link at the bottom of this article and the first in the list is a 2017 model that's now £150,000 less than list! What the ever-loving funk??!!!!

So I ask - which is these is true:

- The 720S is not very good and as such not worth the asking price when new.
- McLaren's optional extras prices are hilariously huge.
- The 720S is massively over-priced from new.
- McLarens are as desirable as herpes.
- McLarens are as reliable as the train network in winter.
- That particular car has been crashed at some point in it's life. biggrin
- The 720S is the absolute supercar bargain of the century when a couple of years old and you should buy one now with 0% depreciation to come over the next year or so.



HM-2

4,995 posts

124 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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PhantomPH said:
Commenting here purely to point out that I clicked on the '720S for sale' link at the bottom of this article and the first in the list is a 2017 model that's now £150,000 less than list! What the ever-loving funk??!!!!

So I ask - which is these is true:

- The 720S is not very good and as such not worth the asking price when new.
- McLaren's optional extras prices are hilariously huge.
- The 720S is massively over-priced from new.
- McLarens are as desirable as herpes.
- McLarens are as reliable as the train network in winter.
- That particular car has been crashed at some point in it's life. biggrin
- The 720S is the absolute supercar bargain of the century when a couple of years old and you should buy one now with 0% depreciation to come over the next year or so.
- The advertisement is inaccurate and it's nowhere near £150k off list in reality.

PhantomPH

3,322 posts

180 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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HM-2 said:
PhantomPH said:
Commenting here purely to point out that I clicked on the '720S for sale' link at the bottom of this article and the first in the list is a 2017 model that's now £150,000 less than list! What the ever-loving funk??!!!!

So I ask - which is these is true:

- The 720S is not very good and as such not worth the asking price when new.
- McLaren's optional extras prices are hilariously huge.
- The 720S is massively over-priced from new.
- McLarens are as desirable as herpes.
- McLarens are as reliable as the train network in winter.
- That particular car has been crashed at some point in it's life. biggrin
- The 720S is the absolute supercar bargain of the century when a couple of years old and you should buy one now with 0% depreciation to come over the next year or so.
- The advertisement is inaccurate and it's nowhere near £150k off list in reality.
Even if it's £100k depreciation, that's a fair chunk.

Mind you, it's absolutely gorgeous. Wish I was in a financial position to take a look at this one....: https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

justin220

4,390 posts

159 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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PhantomPH said:
Commenting here purely to point out that I clicked on the '720S for sale' link at the bottom of this article and the first in the list is a 2017 model that's now £150,000 less than list! What the ever-loving funk??!!!!

So I ask - which is these is true:

- The 720S is not very good and as such not worth the asking price when new.
- McLaren's optional extras prices are hilariously huge.
- The 720S is massively over-priced from new.
- McLarens are as desirable as herpes.
- McLarens are as reliable as the train network in winter.
- That particular car has been crashed at some point in it's life. biggrin
- The 720S is the absolute supercar bargain of the century when a couple of years old and you should buy one now with 0% depreciation to come over the next year or so.
Bottom one.

The LT will be utterly brilliant

HM-2

4,995 posts

124 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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PhantomPH said:
HM-2 said:
PhantomPH said:
Commenting here purely to point out that I clicked on the '720S for sale' link at the bottom of this article and the first in the list is a 2017 model that's now £150,000 less than list! What the ever-loving funk??!!!!

So I ask - which is these is true:

- The 720S is not very good and as such not worth the asking price when new.
- McLaren's optional extras prices are hilariously huge.
- The 720S is massively over-priced from new.
- McLarens are as desirable as herpes.
- McLarens are as reliable as the train network in winter.
- That particular car has been crashed at some point in it's life. biggrin
- The 720S is the absolute supercar bargain of the century when a couple of years old and you should buy one now with 0% depreciation to come over the next year or so.
- The advertisement is inaccurate and it's nowhere near £150k off list in reality.
Even if it's £100k depreciation, that's a fair chunk.

Mind you, it's absolutely gorgeous. Wish I was in a financial position to take a look at this one....: https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
They reckon that car has over £100k of options on it which obviously aren't reflected the same way in the second-hand price.
The configurator doesn't give you prices but I'd be pretty astonished if it actually had even close to £100k of options on it; there's loads on the configurator they've not listed too.

Leftfootwonder

284 posts

13 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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vz-r_dave said:
Yeah a name they made associated with an actual longer car.... this is just a 720s with an expensive bodykit..... shame
Bang on.

What is the point of this exactly, except to fill yet another niche that doesn't need filling. Totally pointless.

E65Ross

24,794 posts

167 months

Friday 30th August 2019
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Leftfootwonder said:
vz-r_dave said:
Yeah a name they made associated with an actual longer car.... this is just a 720s with an expensive bodykit..... shame
Bang on.

What is the point of this exactly, except to fill yet another niche that doesn't need filling. Totally pointless.
Well judging by the reviews of all of the previous LT cars (ie from those who have actually driven them) it would appear you're both wrong smile