McLaren 600LT

At the heart of the McLaren 600LT lies a 3.8L V8 engine fed by two turbochargers, mounted behind the driver, but in front of the rear axle. It is the same engine that powers most of McLaren's cars and in this state of tune its making 592 horsepower, sent to the rear-wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. That's 30 more horsepower than is produced by McLaren 570S and 570GT, two cars that share their chassis with the 600LT.

In addition to that extra horsepower, the 600LT also gets a fair number of styling and chassis tweaks, including a bunch of extra carbon fiber bodywork. This means that the 600LT also weighs less than the cars its based on. Additional exterior tweaks include a bigger, fixed spoiler and top mounted exhaust pipes which not only look and sound cool, but also blow additional air over that larger spoiler. Underneath, the 600LT gets forged aluminum suspension components based on those used in the more expensive 675LT. The brakes are also from McLaren's Super Series, with carbon ceramic rotors all around vs the steel units typically seen on the 570S and 570GT. The 600LT also comes with staggered wheels, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear forged alloy wheels.

The McLaren 600 LT comes with many standard features including Alcantara sport steering wheel, power door locks with push button start, Alcantara seating, parking sensors, power folding heated mirrors, automatic ride control and the signature McLaren's diehedral vertical doors.

McLaren street cars have always been incredibly fast, with no exceptions. However, McLaren also likes to emphasize that their cars are extremely usable when compared to many other exotics. This starts with suspension tuning that offers a better than expected ride and continues with a cockpit that's full of soft touch materials and the latest electronic goodies. Interiors can be covered in either lightweight Alcantara or luxurious Nappa Leather, though plenty of exposed carbon fiber tastefully makes its way into the interior as well, while a 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins stereo is also available as an option.

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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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