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The McLaren 600LT, arriving soon at McLaren Auckland

Brace yourself for that moment. When it’s just you. The car. Raw and uncompromised. A stretch of tarmac ahead. Calling you. Total focus. Pure adrenaline. This is the moment to push yourself. To the very edge of your ability.

This is the McLaren 600LT.

The McLaren 600LT marks the beginning of the next chapter in the McLaren ‘Longtail’ (LT) story and at the same time sets a new sportscar benchmark as the fastest, most powerful and most track-focused – yet road legal – Sports Series McLaren has created.

Inspired by the renowned McLaren 675LT and its iconic ‘Longtail’ racing predecessor, the McLaren 600LT is built to excel on roads and race circuits alike.

Only three McLarens in history have earned the Longtail status.

The first was a track evolution of our earliest road car – the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail. A machine that took first place in five of the GT Championship’s eleven races. And crossed the line at Le Mans with its purpose-built track rivals trailing 30 laps behind. It’s most distinctive, enduring feature was the extended rear… the long tail. It reduced drag. Boosted downforce. And gave rise to a legendary design and engineering ethos.

Fast forward eighteen years. A new Longtail is born. Inspired by the F1 GTR’s track heroics, the 675LT hit the road. It recalled the Longtail’s iconic profile and brought pared-back performance to modern McLaren road cars. It also drew acclaim from every driver who sat behind the wheel. And more than a few gasps from the people it passed by.

Power ahead to the present day and welcome a new member to the McLaren Longtail family. One that shares the same spirit as its predecessors. That pushes McLaren engineering and design to the maximum. And that strips away every obstacle to top performance.

The 600LT… a Longtail to uphold the legend.

The Longtail ethos runs more than skin deep. Beneath its tightly sculpted form, the 600LT lives up to this extreme reputation.

Hard lines. Fast times.

Aesthetics. Aerodynamics.  In the 600LT the two share a symbiotic relationship. Each exists because of the other.

The new addition to the LT family has all the physical hallmarks of a true McLaren ‘Longtail’, including a silhouette elongated by 74mm; it also has an extended front splitter, lengthened rear diffuser and fixed rear wing. The carbon fibre fixed wing is placed further back. Which forces passing air to enhance the car’s performance. That’s more downforce causing more grip. More high-speed stability. More exhilaration.

Stopping power. It comes from our latest-generation lightweight braking system. A technology developed for our ground-breaking Ultimate Series. That uses carbon ceramic discs and pads. With brake-booster technology from the almighty McLaren Senna. Which all means the 600LT stops fast. Very fast.

To deliver the extreme performance appropriate for an LT, the McLaren 600LT is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre V8 engine that benefits from an uprated cooling system and reduced back pressure in an exhaust system that is even shorter and more extreme than that of the McLaren Senna. With every lightweight option fitted, the lightest dry weight of the new McLaren 600LT is as low as 1,247kg. Peak power is 600PS (592bhp), with maximum torque of 620Nm (457lb ft) and the power-to-weight ratio of the McLaren 600LT at lightest dry weight is an astonishing 481PS/tonne.

The absolute remit is to engage and excite drivers to the highest levels imaginable. To this end, the 600LT features quicker steering, significantly firmer engine mounts, track-focused Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres and the lightweight suspension and braking system from the McLaren 720S.

Brace yourself behind the wheel of the 600LT and your mind clears. Your senses sharpen. This is a track-focused cockpit. A pure distillation of performance driving.