McLaren recently revealed their new Ferrari fighter, the 755LT. The LT stands for “Longtail” and pays homage to the Le Mans winning McLaren F1 GTR. Inside the elongated vehicle is a twin turbocharged V8 good for a devilish 666 hp and 516 lb ft of torque. The 755LT uses lightweight materials such as titanium and carbon fiber for massive weight savings, allowing the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph. More info at the official McLaren site.
In our previous post about the NSX, we discussed the heritage and the highly anticipated comeback of the 1990 supercar – and to our joy, the new model had its big reveal at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month. The new NSX styling kept very true to the 2012 concept vehicle and will indeed have a twin-turbocharged V6, three-electric motors, and a 9-speed dual clutch transmission. To make use of the electric motors, the “Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive” system sends extra torque to the wheels that need it so you “cut the perfect line through every turn.” Inside, the cockpit is purpose driven and built around the driver to provide forward visibility and ergonomics. Now we’re just eager to see what this smart sports car can do. More info at the official site.
Since we did a post on the legendary Ferrari F40, it’s only fair that we mention it’s German competition at the time. Only 300 of the rare Porsche 959′s were built and in 1986 it held the record for fastest street-legal production car. Powered by a 444hp twin turbo six cylinder boxer engine, the 959 could hit 0-62 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds. Costing $225k when it was released in’ 86, it’s likely that you’d have to pay more to get one of these gems today.
Toyota enters the supercar market for the first time with the $375k 2012 Lexus LFA. This new front-engined flagship car packs a 553hp V10 with a redline of 9,000 rpm. Weighing only 3569 lbs (almost 400lbs lighter than a Ferrari 599) the car has a great power to weight ratio and achieves 0-60 in a mere 3.6 seconds. Keeping it skinny, the cabin is constructed with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic or CFRP for short. I just hope they don’t have that gas pedal issue with this model, because that would really suck at 202 mph!