The 600LT made a suspenseful entrance in darkness enshrouded in smoke effect at the far end of the power station. Its imposing presence was enough to set adrenaline levels soaring but when it began its dynamic showcase and exhibited its drive agility, the guests all gasped in awe and amazement.
From the high speed driving to drifting the car around the hall, the sound of the roaring engine and screeching tyresfilled the room with anticipation and palpable excitement. The dynamic performance culminated in the reveal of the 600LT, and earned the rapturous applause of the audience when the unique top-exit exhausts on the 600LT spat flames as it sped down the hall in front of the 250 guests who were there to witness the spectacle.
In her welcome speech, Renee Chua, Managing Director of McLaren Singapore said, ”We are extremely thrilled about the arrival of McLaren 600LT. Being the lightest, most powerful and quickest road-legal Sports Series McLaren, the 600LT is yet another example of McLaren’s relentless spirit of pushing the limits. We are positive that the 600LT will appeal to drivers who are looking for a heightened engagement with their car and those who challenge themselves to the edge of their limits and beyond.”
George Biggs, Managing Director, Asia Pacific of McLaren Automotive shared, ”The McLaren 600LT is the fourth ’Longtail’ McLaren in more than two decades. The McLaren F1 CTR ’Longtail’ that began the lineage was one of the purest race cars in modern motorsport history. The 675LT resurrected the revered name, creating the purest distillation of the sheer driving pleasure embodied by all McLaren cars. With the 600L T, we welcome the next chapter in the McLaren Longtail story.”
He added that ”The 600LT also showcases the ethos of optimised aerodynamics, increased power, reduced weight, track-focused dynamics and enhanced driver engagement that are the hallmarks of a McLaren ’Longtail'.
Inspired by the renowned McLaren 675LT and its iconic 'Longtail' racing predecessor, the McLaren 600LT is built for turbocharged performance on both roads and race circuits alike. The new addition to the LT family has all the physical hallmarks of a true McLaren 'Longtail', including an eye-catching silhouette that has been elongated by 74mm; it also has an extended front splitter; a lengthened rear diffuser, and a fixed rear wing. In total, more than 23% of parts (by number) are different on a standard McLaren 600LT compared to a McLaren 5705 Coupé.
From the outset, the formula for the McLaren 600LT was simple — add power, improve aerodynamic performance and significantly subtract weight. Compared to the McLaren 5705 Coupe, the McLaren 600LT is 96kg lighter. Built using the lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis for which McLaren is renowned, the 600LT further benefits from a new carbon fibre bodywork that lowers the vehicle weight while optimising aerodynamic performance. One of the more distinctive additions is the car's unique top-exit exhausts that gives the new LT model a distinct aesthetic appearance, as well as delivering substantial weight saving and an incredible aural experience.
The minimalist, track-focused interiorfeatures both the Carbon Fibre Racing Seats - first seen on the 'McLaren P1', and lightweight Alcantara® trim material extensively. Super—Lightweight carbon fibre seats that are developed for the McLaren Senna are also available in lieu of the standard seats if customers are looking for further weight savings. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) offers a range offeatures that includes a carbon fibre roof and cantrails and vented carbon fibre front fenders. With every lightweight option fitted, the lightest dry weight of the new McLaren 600LT is as low as 1,247kg.
To deliver the extreme performance that is befitting of 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. Peak power is BOOPS (592bhp), with maximum torque of 620Nm and the power-to-weight ratio of the McLaren 600LT at lightest dry weight is an astonishing 481hp/tonne.
The absolute remit of the McLaren 600LT is to engage and excite drivers to the highest levels imaginable. To this end, the new model features the forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension and lightweight braking system from the second-generation McLaren Super Series; bespoke, track-focused Pirelli P ZeroTM Trofeo R tyres; quicker steering; sharpened responses from the throttle and brake pedals; significantly firmer engine mounts and exhausts that are mounted virtually behind the driver's shoulderto bring the incredible sound of the powertrain into the cabin.
The new carbon—fibre bodywork and large rear diffuser deliver substantially increased downforce to further enhance the 600LT dynamic experience, especially on a track. The driver is encouraged by the deep-rooted and incredibly pure connection with the car to fully exploit the optimised aerodynamics, reduced weight, increased power and track—focused dynamics. This higher level of excellence and engagement is the ethos at the heart of the McLaren 600LT,just as it was with the McLaren 675LT models and the McLaren F1 GTR 'Longtail' before them.
Volume of the new McLaren LT will be strictly limited. Production of the 600LT Coupé will begin in October 2018 and last for around 12 months, with build slots scheduled around existing Sports and Super Series models, as well as the sell-out Senna, Senna GTR and BP23. The specialist carbon fibre body panels of the 600LT will also ensure that it is significantly rarer than its Sports Series brethren.