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Novitec McLaren 765LT is dripping with menace

Published: 03 February 2021 Updated: 03 February 2021

► Novitec adds 100bhp to the 765LT
► Custom bodywork tweaks
► Even lower and louder than the original

McLaren tweaked the already monstrous 720S and produced the 765LT. And now the German ‘automotive refinement specialist’ Novitec has enhanced the 765LT.

What on Earth has Novitec produced?

Novitec saw the McLaren 765LT and decided it needed an increase in both speed and excitement. The standard 765LT produces 765PS (755bhp) and that naming convention suggests this Novitec iteration ought to be called the 867LT. That’s right, the German-tuned 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 can produce up to 867PS (855bhp) at 7400rpm and 662lb ft of torque at 6300rpm. 

The hike in power comes from Novitec’s high-performance exhaust and ceramic-coated turbo inlet pipes, both included in its ridiculous Performance Stage 2 set-up.

Is it any faster?

Slightly, but it’s not as if the stock car was slow. The standard model does a blistering 0-62mph sprint in 2.8 seconds and reaches 124mph in 7.0 seconds. Novitec has kept the top speed at about 205mph, but the tuning firm has managed to shave some time off the dash to get there: 0-62mph takes 2.5 seconds, and 124mph from a standstill takes just 6.5. The extra performance means the Novitec 765LT will outrun its Senna stablemate.

What other tweaks has Novitec made?

In addition to more power, the new exhaust also gives a more ‘spectacular’ noise and improves the immediacy of the power delivery. But there are aesthetic changes too.

This 765LT wears new 20-inch front and 21-inch rear double-spoke forged wheels that Novitec developed with American wheel manufacturer Vossen. In line with true customisation, they can be had in 72 different colours. The front rims use 255/30 ZR 20 high-performance tyres, while those at the rear use enormous 325/25 ZR 21 jobs. 

Novitec has fitted its own sports springs to keep traction, and the new springs also lower the car by substantial 20mm. Novitec points out this lower the centre of gravity too – but its effect on the McLaren’s almost magical ride quality remains to be seen.

Custom aero parts have also been fitted, which aid the no-nonsense racing style. Look closely at this 765LT and you’ll find naked carbonfibre inserts for the headlights and air intakes on the bonnet, as well as an added roof scoop. 

On the inside, Novitec has been at work creating a custom interior, which, it says, can be had in almost any colour of Alcantara or leather the customer desires.

By Chris Williams

Bauer automotive content writer, and antipodean