McLaren 600LT is Longer, Lower and Faster Than the 570S

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The McLaren 600LT has made its debut online ahead of an in-person unveiling at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.

The 600LT is the latest addition to McLaren’s growing ‘Long Tail’ series of vehicles, following in the footsteps of the 675LT and the legendary F1 GTR LT. Just like the 675LT, the 600LT is focused on track performance, boasting less weight, more power and more grip than the 570S on which it’s based.

Let’s start with the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8, which has been boosted from 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque in the 570S to 592 hp and 457 lb-ft. The additional power comes from an upgraded cooling system and a reworked exhaust that has been shortened by being relocated from the rear of the vehicle to the engine cover. The same seven-speed dual clutch transmission as found in the 570S is also present the 600LT and remains unchanged.

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Weight is down as well, with the 600LT tipping the scales at 2,749 lbs dry (1,247 kg) with all carbon fiber and lightweight options applied. This compares with the 570S’ dry weight of 2,989 lb. The reduction comes via carbon fiber body panels, optional carbon fiber seats, an optional carbon fiber roof and the lightweight braking system from McLaren’s Super Series line of vehicles (650S, 720S).

A new aero kit, which includes a new front splitter, side sills, an extended rear diffuser and a large fixed rear wing, aids in handling performance and extends the overall length by 74mm – earning the car its ‘Long Tail’ moniker. Other handling-related enhancements include suspension double-wishbones made from forged aluminum, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, a quicker steering rack and firmer engine mounts. The 600LT also has sharper throttle and brake response than the 570S, McLaren says.

The 600LT will be sold in extremely limited numbers, with production set to commence in October of this year and last just 12 months. McLaren hasn’t said how many it will build, but thanks to the complicated carbon fiber body panels, there’s only so many it can build in a one-year period.

Better get down to your local McLaren dealer, then.

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