First McLaren 688 HS Real Life Pic Surfaces, 675LT Owners Go Ranting

Back in May, the wonderful "leaked" ways of the internet allowed us to feast our eyes on the McLaren 688 High Sport - now that the P1 has retired, the HS is set to become the quickest Woking machine out there.
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We're now back on the topic to give you the first real-life image of the 688 HS, with things looking as stunning as expected. The photo, which comes from the McLaren Life forums, appears to show the HS inside a facility, with another Mclaren sitting behind it.

Keep in mind that we're talking about an evolution of the 675LT, one that's supposed to generate even more downforce and see the Ricardo-supplied 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 massaged to 688 metric horsepower, or 678 American ponies. While not fully visible here, there's a 650S GT3 racecar-like rear wing at the back, working with the also-GT3-borrowed winglets on the sides of the front apron.

Given the fact that the new range-topper should land during this fall's Paris Motor Show, it would be only normal for the velocity behemoth to stay hidden or only be shown to a select audience.

Speakig of which, the British automaker is rumored to limit production to just 25 units. Even so, a number of McLaren fans on the forum mentioned above, some of which probably own 675 Longtails, are upset about the release.

We'll stick to those who own 675LTs, as we can't help but notice that 675 Longtail Spider history repeats itself - when the automaker released the fixed-roof 675, many of those who bought the car believed they would be among a group of just 500 people who would get to enjoy that ride.

Nevertheless, when the Brits came up with the 675 LT Spider, the added 500 units saw many of those mentioned above going for a ranting trip. However, with those 500 open-air Longtails finding owners in just two weeks, it's not difficult to understand why Mclaren tasked its engineers with taking things one step further.

As we've mentioned in the past, we see this as McLaren taking a short-term risk for the long-term benefit of enriching its model line-up, so we have to agree with the carmaker's decision.


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