McLaren’s latest car (the 600LT Spider) is in its higher performance LT series. It is based on the 570s but is lighter and more powerful, and its 3.8 litre V8 produces 592bhp and 620nm of torque. It has a top speed of 201 mph, can sprint from 0-60 in 2.8 secs and costs £201,000! In addition, is has lightning fast Inertia Push gearshifts.
Chris Harris from Top Gear calls it “not just good. Very, very good!”
An LT (longtail) is the most extreme type of McLaren available and is designed for the track. The 600LT is longer, wider and has stiffer suspension to also help increase downforce. It has a new front splitter, spoiler and diffuser to increase downforce meaning it can go faster around a corner than the normal 570s!
(The 600LT in drift mode!)
The 600LT is essentially a 570s that went on a diet! It weighs 100kg less than the normal 570s. It does this by having lighter seats, lighter wheels and using Alcantara (a lightweight cloth) instead of leather for the interior decoration. It doesn’t have a glove box or carpet. Many panels are made of carbon fibre (a strong lightweight material) and it has lighter brakes, suspension and exhaust system (due to shorter pipes, see below) plus a lighter, plastic windscreen. This loss of weight is the equivalent of adding 60bhp.
It has a lot of tech as well. The 600LT can record your lap time and has onboard camera to record your driving skills! It also has a brake booster which keeps the brake fluid up to pressure, so that you always have a fast response.