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2020 Mclaren 600LT Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Krishna Choubey Automobile Journalist Updated on: November 22, 2019


Carrying forward the tradition introduced by the outrageous F1 GTR LongTail, McLaren has come up with its fourth supercar with the Longtail moniker, the 2019 600 LT. The highlight of the first Longtail F1 GTR, was it's much improved aerodynamics and an extended tail, however the next Longtails were more driven towards the reduce weight add performance formula.The 600 LT, also follows the same course, and is a more track oriented version of the 570s, on which it is based upon. 

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Pros

Extremely quick

Track- oriented spirit

Beautiful symphony from the rear- top mounted exhaust

Cons

Sloppy infotainment

More of a track car than a daily driver

What's New?

Completely new model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$240000

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

204 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

232 cu.in.

horsepower

592 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

457 lbs.-ft @ 5500 rpm

transmission

7-speed auto-shift manual

chassis

frame type

monocoque

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

66.1/62.6

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

181.3 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

47 in.

curb weight

2994 lbs.

ground clearance

3.6 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

10.8 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / unlimited

powertrain warranty

36 months. / unlimited

corrosion warranty

10 yr. / Unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / Unlimited



Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mclaren 600LT Base

Base

power
592 hp @ 7500 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
mpg
TBD

$240,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.8L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $240,000 MSRP TBD 592 hp @ 7500 rpm, 3.8 L, V-8, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
7-speed auto-shift manual rear wheel drive 2

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Right from the added length, lowered body, and better track width, McLaren has tried hard to pack its best sporting credentials in the 600LT. Power source remains the familiar 3.8 Liter V8 from its older sibling, but is now tuned to produce more horses. To further complement that power surge on the track, the 600 Lt also sheds off 100 kgs of weight compared to the 570. The weight reduction has been carried out by the extensive use of lightweight elements, on the exterior as well as interiors.

Overall the 600 LT is a track beauty and is certainly not your everyday car just for ferrying to your office. Take it to the track on weekends and that's where you will unravel its utmost ferocity. It starts with a price tag of $240,000, it locks horns with the Audi R8, Porsche GT3 RS and the Lambo Huracan, and is certainly a very strong competitor to the German fleet.

2020 Mclaren 600LT Features

The 600LT is an all new model in McLarens line-up, and is available with just one set of mechanical configuration. Whats on offer though, is two chose between two body forms. You do have the option of getting your 600LT either as a coupe, or as a convertible with a retractable hardtop. Both the coupe and the convertible share similar components, apart from the foldable roof in the convertible.

Trims

Rear engine 2 door coupe

MSRP

$240,000

Engine

3.7 Liter V8

Features

Alcantara simulated suede/carbon fibre steering wheel

 

Sequential sport shift

 

Carbon ceramic brakes

 

Limited slip differential

 

Wireless phone connectivity

 

Speed-sensing electro-hydraulic power assist rack-pinion steering

 

Rear wing spoiler

 

Composite/aluminum body material

 

6 way power adjust Bucket front seats with simulated suede upholstery

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There's just one configuration available for the 600 LT without any further trims or models. However, in order to get one, you need to be very lucky. The 2020 600 LT is a limited edition product with just 100 of them being made. After the coupe’s roll, an equal number of convertibles will follow. In order to get one of these, you need to be as quick as the car itself.

2020 Mclaren 600LT Engine and Performance

“You dig into the throttle, and after the smallest bout of turbo lag, there's ferocious revving and blistering straight-line speed.” - Motor1.com

Engine and Transmission

The engine is mid-mounted between the two axles and is the same twin turbocharged 3.8 Liter V8 unit that powers the 570s. However, here the engine is fine tuned to punch out 592 horses, 30 more than its older sibling. The upgraded power and the extremely light body helps the 600 LT gain a power to weight ratio of 463 horses per ton which gets more pronounced once it starts rolling on the track. 

The engine responds instantly to every command and the 7 speed dual clutch is buttery smooth with no lag at all. It kicks off the line extremely fast and has a thumping mid range. Power is transferred to the rear wheels but you barely get the feel that this is rear wheel drive machine. It might not have the power of the 720s, but you never feel it. Hit the start button, and the engine starts roaring with all the horses sitting underneath it waiting to be delivered to the wheels in a single command. Once you start revving it, the engine keeps on pulling and pulling. That's the beauty of this nimble McLaren.

Models

McLaren 600 LT

Porsche GT3 RS

Audi R8 Performance

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

MSRP

$240,000

$190,050

$195,000

$281,048

Engine

Twin-turbocharged 3.8 Liter V8

4 Liter naturally aspirated flat 6

5.2 Liter V10

5.2 Liter V10

Transmission

7 Speed dual clutch auto

7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

7-Speed Dual-Clutch

7-speed automated manual

Horsepower

592

520

612

630

Torque (ft-lbs)

457

346

428

442

Among the competition though, the 600 LT might be behind the R8 and the Huracan Performante. However not to forget that the 600 LT is powered by a V8, compared to the V10s of the German siblings, but even with the V8, this Brit is capable enough to give the competitors a run for their money.

Acceleration

On the acceleration front, the 600 LT truly shows off its colors. It might not be as powerful and as swift off the line as the Huracan performante or R8, but it still manages to race from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds. Drag the 600 LT below 2000 and it shy and composed like a Hyundai Elantra. However once you get into the red hot zone and let that back-top exhaust fire flames, it starts building velocity like a jet.

Models

McLaren 600 LT

Porsche GT3 RS

Audi R8

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

0-60 MPH 

2.8 seconds

2.9

3.0

2.5

Quarter mile

10.4

11.0

11.0

10.5

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

NA

10.3

11.0

11.8

It is the very well balanced proportions and the strong mid range of the V8 which catches up extremely fast, makes the 600LTs 2.8 second show possible. Even without an all wheel drive, the 600 LT is almost as quick as the Lambo and 0.2 seconds quicker than the R8.

Ride and handling

The 600 LT is a perfectly balanced machine between power and agility. The long and low slung body with improved aerodynamics, keeps it planted all the time and has more mechanical grip than the other machines in the lot. . 

However the most striking highlight of the 600LT is its steering wheel, in fact it is considered to be one of the best steerings from the British manufacturer by far. It is extremely precise and accurate and the fact that it's still hydraulic, really creates the magic here. The 600 LT does get adaptive dampers, but it still somehow feels like a more conventional car with struts and suspensions, and that gives this LT its own edges, along with its shortcomings. The stiffer suspension coupled with adaptive dampers do allow some vibrations enter the cabin even on the slightest undulations. But that's mostly on straight lines or city traffic. Take it on a track, start revving the throttle, and its character changes completely.

Grab that steering wheel and you feel so connected with the car. Throw it around corners on a tight track and the 600LT with greet you with a smile. There's no locking differential though but you still get the feeling as if all four wheels are moving independently, that's how responsive and agile the steering wheel is. It loves to get going, get moving, be it around corners or straight lines. This 600LT is so maneuverable. As a driver, your communication with the car never breaks down, you are always in complete control. 

Braking

All the cars in the competition are seriously track focused machines hunting constantly for speed. To tame their brutal power and acceleration, they are all equipped with advanced braking technologies, which are very good in their business. In the McLaren 600LT, the carbon ceramic brakes are good enough to bring it from 60 miles to a complete stop, in just 98 feet. Just like many of its components, the brakes too have been picked up straight away from the 570s. However, unlike the 570s, the pedal firmness and response has been improved, and the brakes bite harder, without being soft.

Models

Mclaren 600 LT

Porsche GT3 RS

Audi R8

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Brake Front (in.)

15.5

16.1

14.4

15.0

Brake Rear (in.)

15.0

15.4

14.0

14.0

60-0 MPH (ft.)

98

92

95 (Est)

93

However, the Porsche GT3 RS turns out to be the most disciplined while stopping. The GT3 RS comes to a complete stop in just 92 feet. Thanks to its largest brake rotors in the lot with 16.1 at the front and 15.4 at the rear as well as its shortest wheelbase among all.

2020 Mclaren 600LT Fuel Economy

All the cars in the lot focus heavily on track hunting. However, McLaren has always been known for walking the extra mile, when it comes to performance featuring. However, what's surprising is that even with the exotic performance, the 600LT returns best mpg figures among the competition, with a 20 mpg combined figure.

Models

McLaren 600 LT

Porsche GT3 RS

Audi R8

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

MPG (city)

14

15

14

13

MPG (highway)

25

19

24

18

MPG (combined)

20

16

17

15

What makes the 600LT this promising on the track, is the extensive use of carbon fibre, to reduce weight. Even the chassis is a carbon-fiber monocell. To reduce weight, McLaren also chopped of some creature comforts like air-conditioning and audio system. However, you can equip one of those in the exact configuration you want. Above all, McLaren’s aerodynamics needs no introduction here. The overall weight reduction and extremely efficient aerodynamics, not only allow the 600LT to sprint faster, but also allow lower fuel consumption.

2020 Mclaren 600LT Interior

“Inside, you'll find a track-oriented cabin complete with swaths of faux suede and the same lightweight carbon-fiber seats as in the P1. You can also opt for the ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber seats from the McLaren Senna to drop even more weight. This probably won't be much of a road-trip car, but the aggressive buckets should be right at home on a track.”- Edmunds.com

Seating and comfort

On the inside you will find a typical McLaren theme drenched in a cockpit like enthusiasm, but a minimal one. The dashboard, door panels and seats are soaked in carbon- fiber and faux- suede which are not only soft to touch, but also make the interior feel very premium and sporty. That's McLaren in its business. 

The carbon- fiber bucket seats are covered with Alcantara- suede, and they might seem intimidating to many, but it's better to avoid being judgemental with any component of the 600 LT. The seats are well bolstered and even offer decent legroom for a sports car. The single- piece seats are one of the most comfortable seats that you can get in a sports car of this character. 

However, the upright posture and fixed headrests might displease you, unless you are as motivated and agile as the 600 LT. Getting the optional $3400 package that unlocks heating and power adjustability would be an added advantage on the 2020 McLaren 600 LT for added comfort. Theres not a lot that you could expect in these breed of cars in the comfort department

Infotainment

The infotainment system in the 2020 McLaren 600 LT comprises of a vertical touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster and a radio as well. The multi- functional infotainment system is rich in features, but it's not as talkative as the car itself. 

You don't own a McLaren 600 LT for its infotainment interface or the sound quality from the speakers. Having said that, the aforementioned complaints are very minute for a car of this character.

Since it is a McLaren, and you do get the liberty of customizing it according to your taste. You can get the air-conditioning and the radio removed, to reduce further weight, and you can also pack it with advanced features like a 12- speaker audio system and a power- adjustable steering column.

Interior Features

  • Smart device integration
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Touchscreen primary infotainment screen
  • 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Proximity key
  • Overhead console
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Front cupholders
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 3 USB ports
  • Cruise control
  • Sport steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping
  • Chrome/Carbon- fiber/Alcantara- suede interior accents
  • Sports bucket seats

Cargo

You certainly won't head out in a McLaren for your weekend shopping or a visit to the countryside on a vacation. Cars like the McLaren 600 LT are not ideal for these stuff, they are meant for taming fast winding laps, hence expecting generous cargo bay in these fierce machines, would only lead one to disappointment.

Models

McLaren 600 LT

Porsche GT3 RS

Audi R8

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

5.3 

4.4

8

3.5

However, the 600 LT displays some modesty with a 5.3 cu-ft of cargo area, which is pretty much in line with most of the cars in this segment. When compared to its rivals though, the 2020 McLaren 600 LT does fall short to the Audi R8 which has an ample 8.0 cu-ft of cargo room, which is more than enough for cars with such violent intent.

2020 Mclaren 600LT Exterior

“Flaunting a prominent rear wing and further expanding upon the outrageous capabilities of the 2020 McLaren 570S, the limited-edition 600LT is the ultimate version of McLaren's "entry-level" supercar.”- caranddriver.com

Design and dimension

McLaren’s, barely need any detailed description about their design language. They mean serious business and the intent also reflects in their sporty, aggressive and lightweight products. On the outside the 2020 McLaren 600 LT remains very familiar. 

The similar architecture from the 570s also reciprocates into a similar design to that of the 570s, even with an added 2.9 inches of length. However, there are some very small changes made to the 600 LT for better aerodynamics, which one might not notice, until you take a closer look. 

Models

McLaren 600 LT

Porsche GT3 RS

Audi R8

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Length (in)

181.3

179.4

174.3

175.6

Width (in)

76.0

74.0

76.4

75.8

Height (in)

47.0

51.1

48.8

46.5

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

96.6

104.3

103.1

Track width (in) F/R

66.1/62.6

62.5/61.3

NA

65.7/63.8

Curb weight (lbs)

2989

3260

3572

3047

There is the same exotic looking front face with signature McLaren Sport series headlamps with curved air intakes. However, McLaren affectionates will spot the recontoured bumper and protracted splitter. At the rear, even though the tail lamp housing remains similar to the 570s, the 600 LT gets a larger carbon- fiber diffuser along with a fixed rear wing. The exhaust pipes are repositioned and they now sit on the decklid. 

Exterior features

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Daytime running lights
  • Carbon- fiber rear diffuser
  • Rear wing spoiler
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Composite/aluminum body material
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Rear camera
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Decklid mounted rear exhaust

2020 Mclaren 600LT Safety

Driving a car as potent as the McLaren 600 LT is always vulnerable to unwanted invitations, in the blink of an eye. Needless to say, along with a brawny engine and an aggressive character, McLaren has also put in place extremely responsible safety apparatus to keep the soundness of the driver and the car, under check. Look out for the most advanced safety features, and you will find all of them in the business in the 2020 McLaren 600 LT.

Right from the massive brake rotors to a host of electronically assisted gizmos, there's everything you need to spin it around town or track with utmost confidence.

Safety features

  • Brake pad wear
  • Auto-leveling headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Fixed front head restraints
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Knee and side- impact airbags
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • ElectronElectronic stability stability control with anti-roll
  • Traction control
  • Power door locks
  • Front seatbelt pre- tensioners

2020 Mclaren 600LT Competition

2020 McLaren 600 LT vs Porsche GT3 RS

The Porsche GT3 RS is a brilliant machine in the segment. Unlike its turbo powered rivals, it is the only car among the competition that features a naturally aspirated engine. The 520 horses might not seem impressive to many, but on the track it goes almost neck-to neck with the 600 LT. It accelerates ferociously and handles brilliantly as well. The shorter wheelbase and track width provide excellent grip and performance. Over the 600 LT, it is more feature rich as well, and off- course, it is blessed with the best brakes among the lot. Both the cars, the McLaren 600 LT and the GT3 RS are very similar when it comes to driving dynamics and performance.

2020 McLaren 600 LT vs Audi R8

There are many reasons why the Audi R8 is called the daily- driving sports car. It has a powerful V10 engine, an amazing transmission and great handling as well. However, it does accelerate very fast and has a very strong punch, but not as fast and as strong as the other three in the competition. What might be a reason for this is the fact that it is the most heaviest among the competition, and the extra weight does have an effect on the overall performance. The most prominent complement to its daily driving character comes from its boot. The Audi’s 8.0 cu-ft of cargo bay is the best among the competition.

2020 McLaren 600 LT vs Lamborghini Huracan Performante

The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is one car in the lot, that is as brutal as the McLaren in terms of looks and performance. Among the competition, it has the most powerful engine and is also the quickest. An extremely aerodynamic body with a lightweight chassis along with the monstrous engine is what creates magic here. The Huracan Performante is a very serious track machine.

2020 Mclaren 600LT Final Verdict

The 2020 McLaren 600 LT is an absolutely brilliant piece of machinery. Although McLaren touts it as a daily- drivable sports car, but the 600 LT has all the DNA of a merciless track machine. It is ferociously fast, has a steering as precise as a needle- tip and is extremely maneuverable too. It is not a car that you would take out to a weekday walmart tour. It is an ideal car to make some winding sprints on weekend track events.