2019 Mclaren 600LT

Motor Trend - - Intake - Jonny Lieber­man

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

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