While straight-line performance does not quite match the 675LT, it is “a margin faster” on some tracks. That is largely due to cornering speeds that are claimed to exceed those of the 675LT, thanks in part to Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R Tyres bespoke to the 600LT.
Darren Goddard, the Sports Series vehicle line director, said lap time and chassis engagement had been the development focus for the 600LT. He added that it would have more chassis engagement than the 675LT.
The 600LT was revealed late last month ahead of its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut, and now McLaren has announced more details, including highly anticipated performance figures.
The model, which is powered by McLaren’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine delivering 600PS (592bhp) and 457lb ft of torque, achieves 0-62mph in 2.9sec. That matches the 675LT and beats the Ferrari 488 GTB, which achieves the same sprint in 3.0sec.
The model can complete 0-124mph in 8.2sec, 0.3sec slower than the 675LT but 0.2sec quicker than the 488 GTB. Top speed is 204mph.
The £185,500 limited-edition model will be followed by a Spider version in 2019, McLaren has confirmed, in a similar vein to the 675LT and 675LT Spider. Goddard said the Spider variant is “well into development”.
He added: “In fact, it’s very close to where we are with the standard 600LT. The majority of its components are in common with the 600LT — other than the roof, obviously. It’s testing on track right now.”
The 600LT is a final hoorah to the current generation of Sports Series models before it is replaced in 2020. It is the fourth McLaren car to get the ‘Longtail’ name following the F1 GTR Longtail race car, 675LT coupé and Spider. It is described by McLaren as the “fastest, most powerful and most track-focused — yet road legal — Sports Series” made yet.