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McLaren 600LT marks fourth chapter in ‘Longtail’ story

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McLaren has revealed the 600LT – the fourth ‘Longtail’ after F1 GTR Longtail race car and 675LT Coupe and Spider.

The 600LT is 96 kg lighter than the 570S Coupe with a dry weight of just 1,247 kg, all thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis and carbon fibre bodywork. According to McLaren, the top-exit exhausts are not only for aesthetic appearance, but also delivers a substantial weight saving and an incredible aural experience.

The new addition to the LT family has all the physical hallmarks of a true McLaren ‘Longtail’, including a silhouette elongated by 74 mm, an extended front splitter, lengthened rear diffuser and fixed rear wing. In total, more than 23% of parts are different on a standard 600LT compared to a 570S Coupe, the company said.

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The minimalist track-focused interior has Carbon Fibre Racing Seats first seen on the P1, and generous usage of Alcantara. The Super-Lightweight carbon fibre seats developed for the Senna are available as well.

The McLaren Special Operations (MSO) offers a range of features that includes a carbon fibre roof and cantrails, and vented carbon fibre front fenders. The aforementioned 1,247 kg dry weight is achieved when every lightweight option is fitted.

Power
The 600LT is powered by a 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo, developing 592 bhp and 620 Nm of torque, paired to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. The  power-to-weight ratio of the 600LT at its lightest dry weight is 481 PS/tonne.

The new model features the forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension and lightweight braking system from the second-generation McLaren Super Series (read 720S), and a bespoke, track-focused Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres.

McLaren said that the “production volume is strictly limited.” Priced from £185,500 with taxes (UK), and includes a Pure McLaren Road Owner Track Day experience with driver training.

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