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  • Launched in 2018
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McLaren’s best car, it’s incredible

Best bits

  • Super, near hyper, car performance in a sports car package 
  • Not just fast, but so rich in detail and feel, too 
  • If a £185,000 car can be called a bargain then this is it, you’ll need to pay £1m for similar thrills in McLaren’s own Senna model  

Not so great

  • McLaren doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability, so you’ll appreciate the warranty 
  • In Sport mode the gearbox’s downshifts are needlessly brutal and jerky
  • McLaren trails its rivals when it comes to infotainment, its system fiddly and buggy, if, it’s actually working 

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Overall verdict

"The 600LT is an incredible performance car, raw, visceral but useable, it’s capable of outrageous performance, but delivers a thrilling driving experience at any speed. It’s so good we’d not bother looking at any of the models above it, and that includes McLaren’s occasional, huge money, limited edition hypercars. The 570S was already exceptional, but the 600LT elevates it to another level altogether, a sensational car."

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In the short time McLaren Automotive has been in business it’s created some incredible sports and supercars, and the 600LT is arguably one of its very finest. It heads the company’s so-called Sports Series range, which can be considered the feeder models into the line-up below McLaren’s Super Series, which contains cars like the 720S, and the Ultimate Series, which is reserved for occasional hypercars or track specials like the P1 and Senna.



That Sports Series model choice starts with the 540C, followed by the 570 S and 570 GT, with the 600LT heading up the range as the most focussed, sporting choice for buyers. McLaren’s naming here is fairly unambiguous, at least partially, that 600 referring to the horsepower, or, PS. 


And the LT? That refers to Long Tail, which is a reverential nod back to the company’s earliest road car, the F1, in its ultimate Long Tail racing guise, where some length was added to the rear to aid high speed stability at faster tracks. The LT names has been adopted previously by McLaren, on its 675LT coupe and Spider, but with the 600 LT it’s the first time it’s been adopted in the Sports Series cars. 


That LT tag is descriptive, too, though it’s not as overt as the F1 race cars it pays homage too, the 600LT increasing in length by a scant 74mm, that made up of a combination of its slightly longer rear spoiler around the back and more assertive aerodynamic splitter on the front. It is longer, then, but marginally.   


Like that 675LT the 600 LT can be had in either closed coupe form, or open to the sky above as a Spider. The difference between them just that, as the stiff carbon fibre construction of the Spider means there are no discernible trade-offs behind the wheel for optioning the open topped car, unless, of course, you dislike sun cream, or hats. 


As the most focussed, track biased car in the Sports Series range the 600LT doesn’t just get those aerodynamic changes to live up to its LT billing, but has been on a strict diet, shedding weight to up its dynamic ability, while gaining power – up 30PS over its 570S relation. 


That 570S wasn’t short of performance to begin with, with a 3.2 second 0-62mph time 204mph top speed, but the 600LT shaves a not inconsiderable 0.3 seconds from that time, and feels notably quicker throughout its entire performance range, that's evident if you keep accelerating, the 600LT reaching 124mph from standstill 8.2 seconds compared to 9.5 seconds in the 570S.  


Much of those gains are down to McLaren’s obsessive detail changes, there’s around 100kg less weight in its most extreme specification – but who wants their car to have no audio or air conditioning equipment? Changes to McLaren’s 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 which McLaren snappily dubs the M838TE, also help, with not just the power increasing to that 600PS, but torque gaining 20Nm for a 620Nm maximum. 


The cumulative effect of McLaren’s revisions are little short of incredible, not just in the raw performance it offers, but the level of excitement and involvement it delivers, too. 


Is the McLaren 600LT right for you?

If you like fast, incisive sports cars then, yes, the McLaren 600LT is certain to appeal. The 570S was already one of the most accomplished sports cars in McLaren’s range and against its rivals, but the 600LT really did elevate its status to another level altogether. 


Unlike the 675LT before it, in McLaren’s Super Series range, the 600LT wasn’t restricted in build numbers, but that doesn’t impact on its desirability one bit. That it’s faster around a track than its more powerful, significantly more expensive LT predecessor tells you everything you need to know about how committed McLaren is to performance, all of which makes its before options price of £185,500 look like a relative bargain.


It’ll likely be a weekend indulgence, be that on road or for trackdays, but for all its focus the 600LT is an adept daily driver, with a few provisos relating to practicality, of course. 


What’s the best McLaren 600LT model/engine to choose?

With the 600LT there’s only one engine available, a 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 with 600PS and 620Nm of torque. The choice for a 600LT buyer is limited to whether you prefer your sharper, faster McLaren Sports Series model with or without a roof, as McLaren also offers the 600LT in Spider from. 


Do that and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the sun on your neck while not losing out too much on performance, the Spider taking the same 2.9 seconds to reach 62mph but adding 0.2 seconds to the 0-124mph time and losing out 3mph over the coupe’s top speed. 


Small differences, but being open to the elements does mean for all the quantifiable differences it’ll sound, and feel just as fast and intense, if not more so. Even so, we’d probably steer you towards a coupe, but if open-topped sports cars are your thing, the 600LT Spider does widen the gap between it and its direct rivals significantly, as it’s stiffer and sharper than any of them. 


What other cars are similar to the McLaren 600LT?

The 600LT sits at the top of McLaren’s Sports Series, so it’s the company’s rival to cars in a similar position. Think Porsche 911 GT3 or GT2 RS, the Ferrari 488 Pista, Lamborghini Huracan Performante - basically any sports or supercar’s most thoroughbred choices with a track bent. 


McLaren asks £185,500 for it before options, which places it significantly above the GT3 RS, but under the GT2 RS, that Lamborghini and the Ferrari, too. Don’t think you’re going to walk out of the McLaren dealer having paid just that, with options we’d be amazed if any 600LT costs less than £200,000, and significantly more if you tap into McLarens MSO (McLaren Special Operations) skill set and ask for even greater personalisation.     


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