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MCLAREN 600LT WRITES NEW CHAPTER IN SPORTS SERIES

This is the newest McLaren to join the supercar maker’s Sports Series. It’s called the 600LT and it’s only the fourth McLaren to wear the LT (Longtail) model identifier, following in the tyre tracks of legends like the McLaren F1 GTR.

And therein lies a clue as to the intention of the newest McLaren, since the power professors at the British marque says the 600 is all about ‘absolute driver engagement’.

The 600LT is 96 kg lighter than its 570S Coupé sibling as it weighs in at 1,247 kilograms, equating to an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 354 kW/tonne thanks to the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 powerplant that produces 441 kW and 620 Nm of turning power.

600LT

It’s also slightly longer than other models in the Sports Series (74 mm) with a comprehensive list of aerodynamic enhancements, which also helps to shed some kilogram-flab around the edges.

These enhancements include a new front splitter, side sills, extended diffuser and a fixed rear wing.

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On the inside, the weight-saving continues as McLaren used lightweight Alcantra as an upholstery solution, while it features carbon fibre racing seats that were first seen on the P1 hypercar.

According to McLaren, the hand-assembled 600LT will be priced from £185,500 (R3.3-million) and includes a Pure McLaren Road Owner Track Day experience with driver training.

“The McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ that began the lineage was one of the purest race cars in modern motorsport history,” said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.

“The 675LT resurrected the revered name, creating the purest distillation of the sheer driving pleasure embodied by all McLaren cars. Now we are further extending our very special LT family — albeit in limited numbers — and once again showcasing the ethos of optimised aerodynamics, increased power, reduced weight, track-focused dynamics and enhanced driver engagement that are the hallmarks of a McLaren ‘Longtail’.”

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