McLaren 600LT Will Change Your Idea of Fast, According to Doug DeMuro
The 600LT, the McLaren 570S’s high-performance cousin, is a race car for the road that will make you rethink what a fast car really is.
With one glance, it’s easy to tell the McLaren 600LT is an exotic supercar. It’s all swoops and curves that sit low to the ground and end in a large rear wing. But what’s it like to live with? That’s something you can only learn by driving it…or watching Doug DeMuro dissect it and get behind the wheel.
If McLaren’s alphanumeric naming scheme is confusing to you, don’t worry. Just picture the 570S and add power and subtract weight. As DeMuro puts it, “Consider it basically the GT3 RS of the McLaren world.” In McLaren speak, LT stands for Long Tail, which is an homage to the McLaren F1 GTR Long Tail race car from the 1990s and shorthand for the high-performance version of a McLaren model. According to DeMuro, the 600LT weighs 212 pounds less than the 570S, but its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 is tuned to generate 592 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. Flat out, the LT can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph.
That enhanced engine sits under a mesh cover in the middle of the 600LT…that can’t be opened without tools. The good news is that the V8 breathes through a cool pair of top-mounted pipes. DeMuro calls the setup “one of the coolest exhaust placements in the entire car industry.” We have to agree.
As you can probably imagine, the interior of the 600LT is focused on performance. There are dials that control the settings for the powertrain and handling (Normal, Sport, and Track), grippy carbon fiber buckets, and minimal but not non-existent storage. McLaren got creative with giving 600LT owners storage space and put it wherever they could, including in the narrow center console, nets around the cockpit, and even slits in the front of the seats.
On the road, the 600LT drives mostly as its looks imply it would. In other words: like a race car. Its lap time-focused suspension is flinty and makes for a rough trip over uneven pavement. The performance driver’s seat is a tight fit. True to form, the 600LT’s steering is precise.
Then DeMuro puts his foot down. He only does it for a few seconds, but that’s enough time for the 600LT to make a strong impression on him. “That is 918-Spyder-kind-of-territory fast. That is eyes-go-back-into-your-skull kind of fast.” In fact, the LT is more than just quick. It makes DeMuro realize there’s a level of fast above what he once thought was fast. Just wait until he drives a Speedtail or Senna…