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.
The McLaren 600LT is only the
fourth ‘Longtail’ McLaren in more than two decades. Inspired by the renowned
McLaren 675LT and its iconic ‘Longtail’ racing predecessor, the McLaren 600LT
is built to excel on roads and race circuits alike. The new addition to the LT
family has all the physical hallmarks of a true McLaren ‘Longtail’, including a
silhouette elongated by 74mm; it also has an extended front splitter,
lengthened rear diffuser and fixed rear wing. In total, more than 23% of parts
(by number) are different on a standard McLaren 600LT compared to a McLaren
The minimalist, track-focused
interior has Carbon Fibre Racing Seats first seen on the McLaren P1, and
lightweight Alcantara trim material features extensively. Super-Lightweight
carbon fibre seats developed for the McLaren Senna are available in lieu of the
standard seats if customers are looking for further weight savings, McLaren
Special Operations (MSO) offers a range of features that includes a carbon
fibre roof and cantrails and vented carbon fibre front fenders. With every
lightweight option fitted, the lightest dry weight of the new McLaren 600LT is
as low as 1,247kg.
To deliver the extreme
performance appropriate for an LT, the McLaren 600LT is powered by a
twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre V8 engine that benefits from an uprated cooling
system and reduced back pressure in an exhaust system that is even shorter and
more extreme than that of the McLaren Senna. Peak power is 592bhp, with maximum
torque of 620Nm and the power-to-weight ratio of the McLaren 600LT at lightest
dry weight is an astonishing 481PS/tonne.
The new model features the
forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension and lightweight braking system from
the second-generation McLaren Super Series; bespoke, track-focused Pirelli P
Zero Trofeo R tyres; quicker steering; sharpened responses from the throttle
and brake pedals; significantly firmer engine mounts and exhausts that are
mounted virtually behind the driver’s shoulder to bring the incredible sound of
the powertrain into the cabin.
The new carbon-fibre bodywork
and large rear diffuser deliver substantially increased downforce to further
enhance the 600LT dynamic experience, especially on a track. Volume of the new
McLaren LT will also be strictly limited. Production of the 600LT Coupé will
begin in October 2018 and last for around 12 months, with build slots scheduled
around existing Sports and Super Series models, as well as the sell-out Senna,
Senna GTR and BP23. The specialist carbon fibre body panels of the 600LT will
also ensure that it is significantly rarer than its Sports Series brethren.
Like its 675LT predecessors,
each 600LT will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking,
Surrey (UK). Available to order now from McLaren retailers – subject to
availability – the McLaren 600LT Coupé is priced from £185,500 with taxes (UK)
(Rs 1.67 crore).
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