CES 2016: Surprise McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept debuts

McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOODMcLaren has unexpectedly revealed an even more special 675LT at CES 2016, based on an old prototype model it used to develop the 500 now-sold-out coupes: say hello to the tech-packed 675LT JVCKenwood.

Developed to incorporate JVCKenwood’s new Caroptronics technology, it boasts a fully digital cockpit, a head-up display instead of the regular dial console and a suite of Advance Driver Assist Systems (ADAS).

The regular door mirrors are replaced by digital cameras, whose aero mountings actually aid downforce at speed.

McLaren’s also used the Caroptronics tech to replace the rear-view mirror with a three-camera blindspot-reducing digital setup.

25-year anniversary


McLaren has also created the special edition one-off to mark 25 years of its F1 partnership with JVCKenwood. Hence capitalising on the minimalist tech to take even more out of the cabin – giving it a racer-like appearance.

Smartly, McLaren’s fitted the steering wheel from the P1 GTR; its IPAS and DRS buttons are replaced by the positioning controls for the head-up display. The dials themselves are replaced by a cooling air vent for the driver.

There’s a mix of silver fabric, black Nappa leather, deep blue stitching and brilliant orange detailing. Race-inspired indeed.

Outside, it’s much more subtle. The biggest differentiator are the door mirror camera blades and the JVCKENWOOD silver stripes on the hood, roof and Longtail Airbrake. Kenwood graphics feature on the doors too.

McLaren’s design leader Peter Wilkins incorporated all the JVCKenwood Caroptronics tech into the 675LT; that the team have done it so elegantly suggests that cool new connected car tech may be coming to McLaren Autos sooner rather than later…

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