McLaren has taken the covers off a new model. It's called the McLaren 600LT and it's one very quick track-focused machine. Here are the details.
Mclaren is calling the new 600LT, "the fastest, most powerful and most track-focused road legal Sports Series McLaren." The LT stands for Longtail, an iconic name for McLaren and this new 600LT will be only the 4th model in more than 20 years. The original was the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail - lauded as one of the finest race cars ever.
This new McLaren 600LT is built for high performance on racetracks. Based on the 570S Coupe, the 600LT is 74 mm longer, features an extended front splitter, lengthened rear diffuser and fixed rear wing. It has been on a diet too and has shed 96 kg. The aerodynamics have been reworked and there are unique top-exit exhausts, giving it a very special look. There's carbon fibre everywhere inside and out, and you can go to town with McLaren Special Operations (MSO) goodies to make it even lighter. The cabin is minimalist and features carbon fibre racing seats and lightweight Alcantara touches.
Under the engine bay lurks a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine which features an uprated cooling system and reworked exhaust system. Compared to the 570S upon its based, power is rated at 441 kW and 620 Nm, and thanks to its weight of 1 247 kg, it promises breathtaking acceleration. The 570S can only offer up 419 kW and 600 Nm. Claimed times are not given, but we'll be surprised if it doesn't go under 3 seconds to 100 kph.
The suspension and handling have been improved and there are forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension and lightweight brakes, track-focused Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres, quicker steering; sharpened responses from the throttle and brake pedals; significantly firmer engine mounts and much louder exhausts.
Production of the new McLaren 600LT will be limited and it kicks off in October 2018. It is priced from £185,500 with taxes (UK) and given South Africa's love for the brand, we wouldn't be surprised to see a few examples make their way here.