McLaren 600LT

McLaren 600LT

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Bunty Killa

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473 posts

147 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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Welcome to this month’s new wing with a McLaren attached. With the internet’s resting heart-rate finally recovering from the palpitations induced by the challenging appearance of the 789bhp McLaren Senna, Woking has aimed its stripping-out sockets and souping-up spanners at the entry-level Sports Series model, better know to you and I as the 570S. The result, now packing an extra 30bhp, wearing lighter body panels, and brandishing a fiendish aerodynamic non-flight suit, is the 600LT. This is McLaren’s new Longtail.

As per the sublime 675LT – the hollowed-out hardcore 650S we fell for back in 2015 – ‘Longtail’ is more of a philosophy than a literal extension of the rump – and in truth, a handy marketing tie-in for McLaren to hark back to the F1 GTR ‘Longtails’ that won the 1997 Le Mans GT1. The 600LT’s lippier front splitter and rear diffuser stalactites elongate the car a smidge (okay, 74mm), but they’re literally the tips of a ruthless wind tunnel remodeling.

Chief among the tweaks is that carbon-fibre surfboard. There’s no slippery DRS or airbrake party tricks here – the wing stays firmly fixed in place whichever drive mode you’re using – but that’s not to say it’s without theatre. Notice that matt section above the wing’s supporting spars? That’s a heat-resistant area necessitated by the new top-exit exhausts. McLaren’s shifted the pipes to the engine deck to make room for a more effective diffuser and gain some extra downforce by funneling superheated gases over the rear wing, but the surface has to wear a flameproof suit to come with the temperature generated by the 3.8-litre bi-turbo V8. Proper supercar pub ammo, that.

The V8 develops an extra 15lb ft, so 457lb ft now arrives at the rear wheels’ stickier tyres via the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, but that’s only by virtue of reduced backpressure from the shortcutted exhaust. This is still a pretty familiar McLaren V8, albeit aided by an upgraded cooling system. The 720S has donated its brakes and lighter aluminium suspension components – though the 600LT remains relatively old-school for a McLaren by shunning hydraulically-linked dampers for classic anti roll bars.

McLaren’s yet to reveal how fast the 600LT will cover the standard benchmarks – 0-60, 0-125mph, and top speed – but with its dollop of extra poke and a 96kg weight saving thanks to carbon addenda, the miniaturised exhaust and racier suspension, it’s going to be a lot quicker than any ‘baby Mac’ jesting suggests. The 570S is already good for 0-60 in 3.4sec, 0-125 in 9.4sec, and 205mph flat out.

Thing is, we never revered the last Longtail for outright pace. No, we loved its savagery, and how its controls fizzed with feedback and thrills without requiring a racetrack and a self-preservation bypass to enjoy. The 675LT was the moment McLaren Automotive truly came good, forged a machine worthy of the iconic F1, and banished the notion it was as clinical as a surgeon’s washroom. That’s the legacy the 600LT has to live up to.

Course, you can choose how hardcore you want it. The Senna’s ultra-lightweight barely-padded seats are an optional extra here. You can spec near-slick Pirelli Trofeo R tyres, which saw duty on the P1 hypercar in a previous life, and the price – £185,000 – includes attendance of a McLaren-only owners track day.

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/british/hardcore-...


WDISMYL

235 posts

35 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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Looks lovely , but the rate of new car releases is starting to numb the brain isn’t it? Obsessive collectors are probably going a little crazy by now trying to keep their collection up to date!

Interestingly they haven’t put a limit on numbers so plenty of wiggle room to extend if demand persists. (Will probably annoy Rambolambo so some upside there too!).

RamboLambo

4,843 posts

118 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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Boom there she is.
Loving the hard-core look and aero treatment
Hope there is a roof scoop option as a development mule I saw had one.
No wonder there are so many 675LT s for sale

WDISMYL

235 posts

35 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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Congrats on your next purchase but is it really necessary to throw a barb at the 675LT? Surely the next generation of cars that Mclaren produces after the 600LT will have a similar effect on their secondary prices. So what exactly are you cheering about?






DarthtaterM16

185 posts

50 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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I really like that. Do want.

andrew

8,818 posts

140 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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really makes the old 650 look two generations out of date
no wonder there are so many for sale

RamboLambo

4,843 posts

118 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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andrew said:
really makes the old 650 look two generations out of date
no wonder there are so many for sale
Less than the limited edition 675 LT.
Snap up a supercar bargain of the moment at half the price !

MDL111

3,959 posts

125 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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Would much rather have a 675 - this looks generic and boring to me

isaldiri

5,026 posts

116 months

Thursday 28th June 2018
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MDL111 said:
Would much rather have a 675
^ this.

LotusJas

908 posts

179 months

Friday 29th June 2018
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Love it!

Its Just Adz

9,448 posts

157 months

Saturday 30th June 2018
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I know it's an obvious comment but they all just look so similar...

PrancingHorses

2,248 posts

155 months

Sunday 1st July 2018
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Boring....sleep

tyrrell

1,416 posts

156 months

Sunday 1st July 2018
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In the right colour it’s going to look stunning lick

RamboLambo

4,843 posts

118 months

Sunday 1st July 2018
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tyrrell said:
In the right colour it’s going to look stunning lick
What's the right colour ?
The grey looks menacing but a bit dull.
Black hides the details and carbon so are you thinking Napier green or Ventura orange ?

Bunty Killa

Original Poster:

473 posts

147 months

Monday 2nd July 2018
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This colour suits the car


RamboLambo

4,843 posts

118 months

Monday 2nd July 2018
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Bunty Killa said:
This colour suits the car

Sure does and my favourite colour to boot.
I've struggled to find a blue that looks really good with a contrast detail colour on a supercar TBH
But that with maybe red contrast calipers, seatbelts and seats etc would look good. Even liking bi colour black roofline which I don't normally

Bunty Killa

Original Poster:

473 posts

147 months

Tuesday 3rd July 2018
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There's a purple Huracan Performante Spider going around which looks the best. I reckon that colour will suit this car with red calipers

RamboLambo said:
Sure does and my favourite colour to boot.
I've struggled to find a blue that looks really good with a contrast detail colour on a supercar TBH
But that with maybe red contrast calipers, seatbelts and seats etc would look good. Even liking bi colour black roofline which I don't normally

RamboLambo

4,843 posts

118 months

Tuesday 3rd July 2018
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Bunty Killa said:
Wow purple would be a brave shout on a McLaren but must admit it looks epic on the Lamborghini Huracan Performante if it's the dark purple viola parsifa

Bunty Killa

Original Poster:

473 posts

147 months

Wednesday 4th July 2018
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Yes viola parsifa as in pic

Take your pick in colours


RamboLambo said:
Wow purple would be a brave shout on a McLaren but must admit it looks epic on the Lamborghini Huracan Performante if it's the dark purple viola parsifa

RamboLambo

4,843 posts

118 months

Wednesday 4th July 2018
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Bunty Killa said:
I think you are correct with the purple. That looks amazing