Affording a McLaren will always be a pipe dream, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited when we see a new one. The McLaren Senna was revealed earlier this year to a lot of fanfare here in hypercar-fan territory, thanks to its insane 800-ish horsepower. The New 600LT doesn’t quite promise that much in terms of raw power, but is just as exciting in every other way…
The LT stands for Long Tail, and the 600 is a reference to the amount of power this bad boy is capable of – just under 600 horsepower and 457 ft-lbs of torque. While that’s not nearly as much as the Senna, it’s still something to get excited about. Such power is generated by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine, paired with a seven-speed, dual-clutch, automatic transmission. Combined, they can crank out 0-60 in about 2.8 seconds, and speed tops out at 204 mph.
To achieve max speed and performance, the 600LT is built on a carbon fiber, monocoque chassis that, combined with newer carbon fiber parts, helps bring the cars weight down to only 2,749 pounds – 212 pounds lighter than the 570S coupe. There’s carbon pieces and trim virtually everywhere – shift paddles, the roof, carbon fender louvers – and other lightweight pieces, such as titanium wheel bolts.
The car is stopped and slowed by carbon-ceramic brakes, which have a brake booster based on the one found in the Senna, and the 5- or 10-spoke wheels come wrapped in gorgeous Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires.
Want one? The McLaren 600LT costs about $240,000. Included with that price tag an entire day of driver training, ensuring you know how to handle its power and mobile cornering and handling abilities comfortably and safely. Production begins in October, and McLaren plans on releasing only a limited number of 600LT’s – though that limited number has yet to be named.