McLaren 600LT is a longer, leaner, meaner 570S

McLaren 600LT

McLaren 600LT is a longer, leaner, meaner 570S

The 600 "Longtail", devised in the spirit of the McLaren 675LT Coupe and Spider as well as the McLaren F1 GTR "Longtail" race auto, takes the basic 570S Coupe and throws out everything that's not needed in the name of weight savings.

There's a new range topper in McLaren's Sports Series and it's called the 600 Longtail.

It has new, more aerodynamic carbon-fibre body panels, and a special free-flow exhaust system, even shorter and more extreme than that of the McLaren Senna, that exits over the top of the rear subframe rather than under it and speaks to the world with distinctive authority.

The McLaren 600LT's silhouette has been elongated by 74 mm (2.91 inches), as the auto features an extended front splitter, a longer rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing.

All that noise is generated by a more powerful version of the M838T 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8, which also outputs 600 PS and 620 Nm of torque. Almost a quarter of parts have been changed compared to the standard 570S coupe, resulting in a modest weight savings of more than 210 pounds. The McLaren F1 GTR "Longtail" that began the lineage was one of the purest race cars in modern motorsport history. The rest of the 23% of new components used also help bring the car's dry weight down to just 1,247 kg, which is 96 lighter than a comparable 570S Coupe.

But this vehicle is not only about the numbers - it's also about the feel, about precise feedback and instant response, so it has the forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension and lightweight brakes from the second-generation Super Series, special track-focused Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres; quicker steering; sharpened responses from the throttle and brake pedals and significantly firmer engine mounts.

"Now we are further extending our very special LT family -- albeit in limited numbers -- and once again showcasing the ethos of optimized aerodynamics, increased power, reduced weight, track-focused dynamics and enhanced driver engagement that are the hallmarks of a McLaren 'Longtail, '" added Flewitt.

The minimalist, track-focused interior has Carbon Fibre Racing Seats first seen on the McLaren P1, and lightweight Alcantara trim material features. Further weight-shedding options include a carbon-fibre roof and vented carbon-fibre front wings. The automaker will hand-assemble the 600LT at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, scheduling the build slots around existing Sport Series and Super Series models. Assembly is scheduled to kick off in October and pricing details will be announced at a later date.

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