2019 Mclaren 600LT
The Mclaren 600LT is the fourth in the automaker’s Longtail series. The first was the F1 Longtail, which is currently valued at about $16 million. The next two, the 675LT and the 675LT Spyder, were each limited to 500 units, though saying that those are two distinct vehicles is something of a stretch. The 675LTS were a jump in performance over the 650S and filled out Mclaren’s Super Series portfolio quite well.
The 600LT accomplishes the same thing for the Sports Series, joining the 570S coupe and Spyder and the 570GT.
The jump in performance between the 570S and 600LT is large, more akin to going from the Lamborghini Huracán to the Performante than, say, the Porsche 911 to the Carrera S. Power is—of course— up, rising from 562 hp to a healthier 592. Mclaren says 23 percent of the parts on the 600LT are new, most notably the excellent-looking and ferocious-sounding top-mounted exhausts, which remind me of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Learning a new track well enough to start evaluating a car is tricky. For me it was lap 13 of the Hungaroring, the satisfyingly complex F1 circuit located in the suburbs of Budapest. I’d done five laps in a 570S, both to learn the track and also to establish a baseline to evaluate the new car against. Then came six laps in the 600LT, with a Mclaren instructor barking in my ear.
After lunch and a relaxing walk around the Hungaroring itself, something clicked. I could sense the superior threshold braking in the 600LT compared to its stablemate. Mclaren took lessons learned (and brake booster borrowed) from its Senna hypercar and imbued the 600LT with some utterly fantastic brakes. If, as the old chestnut goes, a car is only as good as its brakes, the 600LT is truly excellent.
Looking beyond stopping, the newest baby Mac is pretty damn good. Steering is precise and intuitive, and because 220 pounds of flab have been trimmed versus the 570S, acceleration is properly quick. If Macca’s claims are true, 60 mph will arrive in 2.8 seconds and the quarter mile in 10.4. I have no reason to doubt those numbers.
Flying to Hungary for 12 laps of an unfamiliar track might sound good on paper, but it has left me hungry for more. Until that time, rest easy knowing Mclaren has done what they always do: Build a new car better than the last.
SPECS Base Price $242,500 Vehicle Layout Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe Engine 3.8L/592-hp/457-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8 Transmission 7-speed twin-clutch auto Curb Weight 3,000 lb (mfr) Wheelbase 105.1 in L x W x H 181.3 x 75.8 x 46.9 in 0-60 MPH 2.8 sec (mfr est) EPA City/hwy/comb Fuel Econ 15/20/17 mpg (MT est) Energy Cons, City/hwy 225/169 kw-hr/100 miles (est) CO2 Emissions, Comb 1.15 lb/mile (est) On Sale in U.S. Currently