McLaren’s iconic ‘Longtail’ story continues with the new 600LT, powered by a 600 PS 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine. Its UK price is £185,500 with taxes, a figure that includes the Pure McLaren Road Owner Track Day experience with driver training.
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.
“Now we are further extending our very special LT family –albeit in limited numbers – and once again showcasing the ethos of optimised aerodynamics, increased power, reduced weight, track-focused dynamics and enhanced driver engagement that are the hallmarks of a McLaren ‘Longtail’.”
Longer, lighter, faster
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 (211 lbs) 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 give 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.
Minimalist, race-focused interior
Inside the new McLaren 600LT you’ll find carbon fiber racing seats (like on the P1), as well as a heavy usage of lightweight Alcantara trim material. Customers can further customize the car by adding the super-lightweight carbon fiber seats developed for the McLaren Senna.
Meanwhile, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will offer buyers a range of bespoke features like the carbon fiber roof or the vented carbon fiber front fenders.
Get it while it’s hot
McLaren will produce the 600LT for roughly 12 months, beginning in October 2018. Build slots will be scheduled around existing Sports and Super Series models, as well as the Senna, Senna GTR and BP23.