With the new McLaren 600LT, the beginning of the next chapter in the McLaren ‘Longtail’ (LT) story begins 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. 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. 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,” said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.
Inspired by the 675LT and its iconic ‘Longtail’ racing predecessor, the 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 74 mm, plus 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 600LT compared to a 570S Coupe.
Extreme weight-saving measures were at the heart of the 600LT programme from its outset, with a reduction of 96 kgs against the weight of a 570S Coupe targeted and achieved. Built using the lightweight carbonfibre monocoque chassis for which McLaren is renowned, the 600LT further benefits from new carbonfibre bodywork that lowers vehicle weight as well as optimising aerodynamic performance.
Unique top-exit exhausts ensure that the new LT model has a distinct aesthetic appearance that identifies it as something particularly special, as well as delivering a substantial weight saving and an incredible aural experience.
The minimalist, track-focused interior has the carbonfibre racing seats first seen in the P1, and lightweight Alcantara trim material features extensively. Super-Lightweight carbonfibre seats developed for the Senna are available in lieu of the standard seats if customers are looking for further weight savings. McLaren Special Operations also offers a range of features that includes a carbonfibre roof and cantrails and vented carbonfibre front fenders.
To deliver the extreme performance appropriate for an LT, the 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 Senna. Peak output is 600 ps/620 Nm.
The volume of the new McLaren LT, priced from £185,500 in the UK (about RM988,000), will be strictly limited with production of the 600LT Coupe beginning in October 2018 and lasting for around 12 months. The specialist carbonfibre body panels of the 600LT will also ensure that it is significantly rarer than its Sports Series brethren.