McLaren 600LT

Baby Speed­ster

HWM (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - By Kenny Yeo

The let­ters ‘L’ and ’T’ are spe­cial in the world of McLaren. To­gether, they stand for ‘Long­tail’ and are only given to their most driver and track-fo­cused cars. The lat­est McLaren to be be­stowed these hal­lowed let­ters is the new 600LT.

Es­sen­tially, the 600LT is a more pow­er­ful, lighter, and faster ver­sion of the 570S. It will be the new range-top­per in McLaren’s en­try-level Sports Se­ries. Power in­creases and weight re­duc­tion aside, the 600LT also gets nu­mer­ous other tweaks. It has a wider track and lower ride height, which im­proves grip and keeps the cen­ter of grav­ity low. It also has re­cal­i­brated dampers and sus­pen­sion com­po­nents lifted out from the 720S to im­prove steer­ing and re­sponse. To in­crease sta­bil­ity at high speeds, there are also a cou­ple of aero­dy­namic tweaks in­clud­ing a new front split­ter, an ex­tended rear di user, and a large rear wing.

Pow­er­ing the 600LT is an up­rated ver­sion of the 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 found in the 570S. Power is now up to 592hp and 620nm, mod­est in­creases of 30hp and 20nm re­spec­tively. On the weight front, if you opt for ev­ery light­weight op­tion, the 600LT can be made to be nearly 100kg lighter than the 570S. This means crazy per­for­mance. 0 to 100km/h in 2.9 sec­onds and 0 to 200km/h in just 8.2 sec­onds, which is faster than the Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can Per­for­mante and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. If this is McLaren’s en­try-level track-fo­cused car, god only knows how fright­en­ing the 720LT will be.

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