The McLaren 600LT marks the beginning of the next chapter in the McLaren ‘Longtail’ (LT) story and at the same time sets a new sportscar benchmark as the fastest, most powerful and most track-focused – yet road legal – Sports Series McLaren has created.
McLaren has applied its ‘Longtail’ formula to the 570S to create the 600LT, the fastest and most focused model in the company’s Sports Series range.
Using a higher specification version of the 570S’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine, the 600LT produces 592bhp and 457lb ft, which are gains of 30bhp and 14lb ft. No performance figures have been released, but expect a noticeable improvement the 570S’s 0-62mph time of 3.2sec.
Both the iconic F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ as well as the already renowned 675LT stood as inspiration for the 600LT, a car built to excel on both roads as well as race tracks.
“The McLaren 600LT is only the fourth ‘Longtail’ McLaren in more than two decades. The McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ that began the lineage was one of the purest race cars in modern motorsport history. The 675LT resurrected the revered name, creating the purest distillation of the sheer driving pleasure embodied by all McLaren cars,” stated McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt.
There are changes to the car’s chassis as well, with forged aluminium double wishbone suspension and a lightweight braking system taken from the Super Series platform (which underpins the 650S), along with stickier Pirelli Trofeo R tyres. The 600LT also uses firmer engine mounts and a quicker steering rack, and it offers faster throttle and brake responses.
Customers wanting to further increase the 600LT’s diet can swap the P1-derived seats for even lighter carbonfibre seats first used in the Senna.
The McLaren 600LT’s silhouette has been elongated by 74 mm (2.91 inches), as the car features an extended front splitter, a longer rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing. If that’s not impressive enough, know that more than 23% of its parts are different than what you’ll find on a regular McLaren 570S Coupe.
With weight, a reduction of 96 kg was achieved compared to the 570S Coupe, bringing the total dry weight to just 1,247 kg (2,749 lbs). Add to that the 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine, with 600 PS (591 HP) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque, and you get a power-to-weight ratio of 481 PS/tonne.
Lightweight carbon fiber bodywork contributes to the 600LT being light on its feet, while the unique top-exit exhausts gives the car a distinctive look, while also providing it with a great soundtrack. Other features include the forged aluminum double-wishbone suspension, lightweight braking system, track-focused Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, quicker steering, sharpened responses from the throttle and brake pedals, firmer engine mounts and more downforce courtesy of the large rear diffuser.
Production for the 600LT begins in October, with prices starting at £185,500 – £36,500 more than the 570S. The 600LT will be strictly limited in production, however, with sales only running for 12 months. The price of the car includes a Pure McLaren Road Owner Track Day at a circuit with driving tuition.