McLaren 600LT Lives Up to the Legacy of the 675LT

By -

McLaren 600LT swings its (light) weight around the famed Hungaroring, may be the best McLaren longtail yet.

McLaren’s legacy as a manufacturer is cemented in stone. From the racetrack to the street, from the MP4/4 to the Senna, McLaren has been killing it since 1963. The rare 2015-2017 675LT is another one of McLaren’s greatest hits. It was evolution of the 650S, made for the track and capable of hitting 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds from a standing start, topping out at 205 mph on the long straights.

Though the 675LT is no longer in production, the McLaren Longtail legacy continues on with the 2019 600LT. Carfection host Henry Catchpole gets a chance to experience all the 600LT has to offer with a few laps around Mogyoród, Hungary’s Hungaroring.

McLaren 600LT

“The name’s not as catchy as Senna or Granchi,” says Catchpole, “but this car is a mouth-watering prospect. For your 185,500 pounds, you get a dry weight of 1,247 kilos, you get bespoke Trofeo R tires that were developed alongside the car, you’ll get quicker steering and more linear torque delivery, and those amazing top-exit exhausts.”

So, about $200,000 USD, a 2,900 pound curbweight, big tires and big power, sounds good to us.

McLaren 600LT

The 600LT already bests its successor around the track, boasting higher cornering speeds than the 675LT, and hitting 125 mph in 8.2 seconds from a standing start. The shifts in sport mode are less smooth than in track mode, while the brake feel isn’t as firm as it is on the Senna, “but it’s really [a] solid feeling from the top of the pedal, really confidence-inspiring.”

 

ALSO SEE: 1967 Shelby GT500 CR Track Test Review

 

“The nice thing about this car is that even when it does cut loose, it doesn’t feel like the sort of car. It doesn’t feel unnatural. It doesn’t make your heart race, [or] spike,” Catchpole says. “And it has got that LT emotion and interactivity that the 675 had. It seems crazy that a 600-horsepower car doesn’t feel ridiculously quick in a straight line. That’s the world we’re living in these days.”

McLaren 600LT

Though the 600LT may not have hundreds upon hundreds of horses to use like other supercars and hypercars, the new McLaren longtail can corner and brake with the best of them, if not better. When compared to the McLaren 570S, whose driving dynamics are “pretty loose and mobile under hard braking, the 600LT is much more secure” with its more precise handling when braking, and weightier steering via the 600LT’s hydraulic steering system.

 

ALSO SEE: Bugatti Chiron Driven! 1,500 Horsepower of Engineering Excellence

 

“The other far-reaching change over the 570S, of course, is the 100-kilo reduction in weight,” says Catchpole. For the 600LT, McLaren went all-out on reducing weight on its new longtail, from the carbon fiber bodywork, suspension components, and braking system, to the stainless steel top exhaust tips, Alcantara trim, and the lack of door pockets, satnav, and air conditioning. All of that amounts to the equivalent of “81 bags of sugar and a 19-kilo trolley.”

McLaren 600LT

 

“I’ve been impressed by certain aspects of recent McLarens like the 720S and Senna,” Catchpole explains, “but I admit they haven’t really gotten under my skin. Even in the all too brief time I’ve had in the 600LT, however, I was rather smitten.” His fear the 675LT “might have been a one-off” has been thankfully put at ease with all McLaren has done with the 600LT, conjuring up the same “beguiling, intangible characteristics, the ones that are about more than just pure speed, ones that make you smile, rather than just nod in acknowledgement of the target achieved.”

Join the 6SpeedOnline forums today!

Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

Comments ()