The model is the latest to share the LT name, seen previously on the McLaren 675LT and 675LT Spider, paying homage to the legendary 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’. The 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ became the stuff of legends when it won its GT1 class at Le Mans, finishing nearly 30 laps ahead of its nearest opposition.
The McLaren 600LT is powered by a twin-charged, 3.8-litre V8 engine capable of 600PS (592bhp) with maximum torque of 620Nm (457lb ft). Weight has been reduced by 100kg, taking the dry weight with lightweight options to just 1,247kg. The impressive power-to-weight ratio of 481PS/tonne allows the car to tear to 62mph (100km/h) in 2.9 seconds and to 124mph (200km/h) in 8.2 seconds, before reaching its top speed of 204mph (328km/h).
The carbon fibre bodywork has been extended by 74mm and features an extended diffuser, a new front splitter, side sills and fixed rear wing, contributing to 100kg of downforce at 155mph (250km/h).
Possibly the most strikingly visual and talked about change is the ‘top-exit’ exhaust. Mounted directly behind the driver’s shoulder, the twin pipes – along with the firmer engine mounts – bring the incredible sound of the powertrain into the cabin.
“The new McLaren 600LT is our most extreme road-legal Sports Series model and possesses the optimised aerodynamics, increased power, reduced weight, track-focused dynamics and enhanced driver engagement that are the hallmarks of any McLaren LT,” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. “Only the fourth McLaren in more than two decades to be designated a ‘Longtail’, the 600LT redefines expectations of super-sportscar performance, delivering astonishing acceleration and outstanding track cornering speeds with a truly extraordinary dynamic connection between driver and car.”
Production of the 600LT will be limited to around 12 months. All cars are to be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England.