MCLAREN ex­pands Long­tail badge with new lighter, more pow­er­ful 600LT

Motor (Australia) - - FRONT END. PACE NOITES - SN

McLAREN HAS ex­tended its iconic Long­tail name­plate to its Sport Se­ries range, no pun in­tended. The new 600LT now sits above the 570S as the per­for­mance pin­na­cle of McLaren’s low­est tier and fol­lows the F1 GTR and 675LT Coupe and Spi­der as only the fourth ever model to re­ceive the ‘LT’ treat­ment. The in­gre­di­ents are broadly sim­i­lar to its more reg­u­lar 570S and 540C sib­lings, but the recipe has been tweaked in favour of greater track ca­pa­bil­ity. McLaren hasn’t been forth­com­ing with many de­tails, save for the fact that 23 per cent of parts have been changed com­pared to a 570S. As the name sug­gests, the 600LT’s pro­file has been ex­tended by 74mm cour­tesy of its new front split­ter, side sills, ex­tended dif­fuser and fixed rear wing. Lib­eral use of car­bon fi­bre, in­clud­ing for the body­work and seats, as well as a spe­cial light­weight Al­can­tara, en­abled McLaren to shave an im­pres­sive 96kg from the 570S, the 600LT weigh­ing only 1247kg (dry) with ev­ery light­weight op­tion fit­ted. An extra 22kW/20Nm has been ex­tracted from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 for to­tals of 441kW (600 met­ric horse­power, hence the name) and 620Nm. Un­usu­ally, McLaren makes no per­for­mance claims, but prom­ises sharper throt­tle re­sponse and a more evoca­tive sound­track from ex­hausts that exit through the en­gine cover. The chas­sis is un­changed over its Sport Se­ries sib­lings, but there is quicker steer­ing, sharper brak­ing re­sponse, firmer en­gine mounts and, cru­cially, Pirelli P Zero Tro­feo R tyres to han­dle the rigours of cir­cuit use. McLaren claims the 600LT’s ex­tended fixed wing and large dif­fuser sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases down­force, though again, makes no men­tion of any fig­ures to sub­stan­ti­ate this claim. Pro­duc­tion will be strictly lim­ited (just 500 each of the 675LT Coupe and Spi­der were pro­duced), but a small per­cent­age of those will be brought to Aus­tralia. How­ever, the ex­act num­ber and price will be re­vealed closer to the car’s lo­cal de­but.–

McLaren claims more down­force is pro­duced by LT’s length­ened body

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