McLaren 600LT

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There is a fear that it might have been a one-off. A fluke. McLaren claims that the 600LT is the fourth LT, but really it's only the second.

The F1 GTR Long Tail might technically be the first LT, but it's a race car from back when the company was McLaren Cars not McLaren Automotive. That was an LT for purely aerodynamic reasons. The second and third LTs are much more pertinent to the 600LT, but are really one and the same as McLaren has just chosen to differentiate the 675LT Coupe from the almost identical 675LT Spyder. So, the new 600LT is really only the second LT and it is important because it will clarify what the LT sub-category is. What traits from the brilliant 675LT will we recognize in this new car? Will it have the same feel, interactivity and (that most un-McLaren of things) emotion? I certainly hope so.

Given that I'm longing for things that are so much more than bald facts it seems almost wrong to begin by framing the 600LT in numbers, but they are interesting and give a solid idea of just how much this car has changed compared to a 570S. The power and torque increases are fairly small at 30 horsepower and 15 pound-feet and although the 0-62 mile-per-hour time of 2.9 seconds and 0-125-mph time of 8.2 seconds are both hugely impressive, the 220-pound reduction in weight is really of more importance to the LT ethos.

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