The return of the longtail McLaren didn't disappoint.
The hotly anticipated new longtail from McLaren is official, having conquered Goodwood while proving it’s just as good at slaying tyres as it is sticking to corners. The 600LT made its debut as promised, utilizing its upgraded 592-bhp 3.8-litre biturbo V8 to send the supercar scampering off the line with a just a hint of tire smoke.
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Just how quick was the launch? McLaren tells us the 600LT can rip to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, which is just a touch faster than a Ferrari 488 GTB. Stay on the throttle and the McLaren hits 124 mph in 8.2 seconds, and if you find yourself with enough room to run, the 600LT will continue showing Ferrari its taillights all the way to 204 mph, and we can’t help but think that’s not just a happy coincidence.
'Only the fourth McLaren in more than two decades to be designated a ‘Longtail’, the 600LT redefines expectations of super-sportscar performance, delivering astonishing acceleration and outstanding track cornering speeds with a truly extraordinary dynamic connection between driver and car,' said McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt.
Of course it’s more than just a 570S with a power boost. Through prolific use of carbon fibre and design tweaks the 600LT shaves 96 kilograms from its donor platform, despite its increased length. Extensive aerodynamic changes also help the 600LT stick to the pavement for better high-speed bite, something we could see in the video above both before and after the requisite break in the middle for a few debut donuts. Yes, the 600LT is destined to be a street-legal track dominator, but with nearly 600 bhp on tap in a car weighing just 1,247 kg, it can atomise rubber at will.
The 600LT won’t be around for long. We don’t know how many McLaren plans to build, but we do know it will be a very limited run that won’t last for more than 12 months.