600LT Reinvigorates the McLaren Sports Car

In keeping true to its promise of extending the “LT” line of performance road cars, McLaren has unveiled the new 600LT as the flagship of the Sports Series.

The 600LT delivers the potential of the Sports Series by increasing power and managing aerodynamics in a way to fully realize that power. The body is vastly redesigned at virtually every angle of the car to channel air most effectively in a track setting where the car is at home, and the result is that approximately 23 percent of the car is entirely new.

These changes are much more transformative than they are marginal, as redefining the Sports Series as a dedicated track weapon instead of an everyday sports car was not a slight task at all. The front and rear bumpers, as well as sideskirts, are dramatically restyled for a functional presence beyond the 570 it is based on. Strategically-placed carbon fiber blades work together to cut through the air and provide high-speed stability as it maneuvers the circuit, and the new fixed wing plants the rear-driven 600LT at speed. Fitting, then, that the car will be publicly unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, where it could put those enhancements to use on the famous hillclimb.

Effectively paired with the wing is the exhaust – which wouldn’t make much sense when describing just about any other car. The exhaust’s path is now shortened and exits behind the engine cover instead of through the rear bumper, and the exhaust air flows over the wing for additional downward pressure. Otherwise, the placement of the exhaust allows for a bigger diffuser to take up the rear’s underside and reduces exhaust backpressure. But the party trick will be flames igniting upward through the exhaust as the 600LT downshifts into a corner on a track.

Powering the 600LT is a modified version of the 3.8-liter V8 featured in the 570S, but now rated to 592 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. 211 pounds of weight is saved from the 570S and optional extras could cut that down even more. Bespoke forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires will help wrangle the power and churn out nice, trim lap times, and the optional carbon fiber buckets from the Senna will keep the driver in place.

Following the July debut, limited production of the 600LT will begin toward the end of the year. More details will be released on our social pages over the coming weeks.