The latest member of McLaren Ultimate Series – 2019 McLaren Senna – is indeed a, all-out monster on track, worthy of its namesake. But what if we can take the best stuffs out of the Senna and put it in a sports-series car? That seemed to be what McLaren Automotive aimed in the first place and thus, thanks to that, we have a new otherworldly Sport Series speedster: the 2019 McLaren 600LT. This McLaren is powerful, crazy, out of this world, and it is exactly why we need to have a 2019 McLaren 600LT review! Let its power unleash!
If McLaren Ultimate Series comprises of hardcore supercars like McLaren P1 and the recent McLaren Senna, the McLaren Sport Series includes thrilling track toys like McLaren 570GT and 570S. And just recently, McLaren introduced a new member of the Sport Series – McLaren 600LT, a McLaren of raw, uncompromised capability with the power of the insane Senna.
The name “LT” refers to McLaren’s “Longtail” models. And just like its LT predecessors, the McLaren 600LT is expected to be lighter, more powerful, better aerodynamic, driver-focused, and most importantly, a fearsome weapon on track. The car is based on the previous McLaren 570S in which, 23% of the 600LT’s parts are new. But how do these new parts enhance the experience? Let’s check out in more details!
At first glance, McLaren 600LT does look aggressive, yet, not so much different than the 570S; however, there are actually quite a number of things to talk about the 600LT. First off, as a “Longtail McLaren,” the 600LT is longer, in fact, it is 2.6-inch more nose-to-tail than the previous 570S. In terms of weight, the 600LT weighs approx. 2,968lbs (or 1346kg), which is about 100kg (or 220lbs) lighter than the 570S thanks to a number of modifications from the 570S like the carbon-fibre splitter, diffuser, sills, rear wing, aluminum control arms, and the Pirelli Trofeo R ultra-light tires. In addition, it can also generate the same 220 lbs of downforce at 155mph. This weight can even be lowered further in case customers select either packages Club Sport or Club Sport Pro.
Aside from weight-saving, there are also plenty of attentions to aerodynamic details, for example: The 600LT features an extended carbon-fibre front splitter which directs the air over, around, under, and even through the car’s body. The flat floor also has 2 new intakes to lead air to the front brakes, while the carbon-fibre side skirts and the aero winglets are situated behind the front wheels for better airflow.
As for the rear, its bodywork gets 1.9-inch longer so that the rear wing can be mounted further back to improve aerodynamic efficiency. Interesting enough, the exhausts are placed in front of the fixed rear wing so that it flows over the thermal-coated wing, thus, provides more downforce at 155mph.
For better weight-saving, the 600LT’s interior also gets a number of modifications, for example: it features carbon-fibre seats rather than stock leather ones. In terms of control, the 600LT has a much better 7.0-inch TFT driver display which features whole better visuals and more thoughtful layout. And of course, the display will change depending on the selected driving mode.
Unfortunately, the 7.0-inch vertical touchscreen display still feels kind of disappointing due to the underwhelming visual and slow respond. Good news for track enthusiasts though, the 600LT does include a three-camera system along with a recording app so that drivers can check out their performance.
And here is perhaps the biggest criticism about McLaren 600LT’s interior is the seats. For certain customers, these seats can cause few aches and pains especially if they have a long ride.
- Engine: 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V-8
- Power: 592hp @ 7500rpm
- Torque: 457lb-ft @ 5500rpm
- 0-60mph Acceleration: 2.8sec
- Max Speed: 204mph
For the engine, McLaren 600LT inherits the 570S’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V-8 engine but this time, it gets an additional 30 horsepower and 15lb-ft of torque, making up for a total of 592hp and 457lb-ft of torque. Along with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and rear-wheel optimized launch control, the 600LT becomes a ferocious beast indeed which can blast the track from 0 to 60mph only within 2.8sec, 0 to 100mph in 6.0sec, and a max speed of 204mph. And if the 204-mph may sound “underwhelming” on paper, just wait til you can witness the 600LT’s insane acceleration and its bombastic roar right when the engine starts.
Kicking off with the Sport mode, we start to feel a clear sharpened throttle response, shift timing, and damper stiffness. Steering is smooth and precise, which extremely shines in twisting paths. Then moving on to Track mode, everything changes dramatically, it’s like a monster which finally reveals it fangs and claws.
And the best part? It is the brake. Thanks to the lessons learned from the McLaren Senna, the 600LT gains the inspiration from the Senna by borrowing the brake booster, combining with the electric vacuum pump for better response. As the result, the 600LT’s brake has an incredible enhancement not only in terms of stopping power but also balance and precision. Even dashing in straight line during at high speed, the brake still feels sharp and nigh-effortless with rapid direction change. Additionally, the implemented forged control arms from the 720S even enhances the braking experience further with much better stability while cornering.
As the whole, the experience with the 2019 McLaren 600LT is phenomenal, otherworldly even. The 600LT’s astounding experience begins right when we hit that engine button. Its roaring sound is magnitude and it only gets better and better when the car finally accelerates. Steering and braking feel sharp, stable, and tireless even at 155mph. It’s simply something car enthusiasts have always looking for from a supercar of high-caliber like this McLaren 600LT, and surely it does not disappoint.
With everything McLaren 600LT has to offer, this new Sport Series member is indeed an incredible track monster with extreme capability. To certain extent, it feels like a “mini-Senna”! At the base price of $242,500, the McLaren 600LT is a heavy competitor to the likes of $274,390 630-hp Lamborghini Huracan Performante or the $188,500 520-hp Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Unfortunately though, the first year round of 600LTs is reported to be sold out. And despite it does not have any production limit, the number of cars built will depend on the demand.
And so if you are interested in McLareon 600LT? Be sure to check it out as soon as possible and for now, thank you and stay tune for more news in the future!
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