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ReviewsThe McLaren 600LT Is a 2019 Automobile All-Star

08:30  11 march  2019
08:30  11 march  2019 Source:   automobilemag.com

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It pays to look ahead in the McLaren 600 LT . Far ahead. You sit incredibly low, laid back a little further than perhaps seems “normal” in the context of most road cars, and the view out is as vivid as an IMAX cinema screen thanks to the low scuttle and slender A-pillars.

2019 McLaren 600 LT Deep Tech Dive. Having previously driven the 570S Coupe, GT and Spider, I didn't expect McLaren to push its Sport Series into Super With all the right carbon-fiber options ticked and enough comfort features deleted, the 600 LT is 220 lbs lighter than the 570S it's based on.

It pays to look ahead in the McLaren 600LT. Far ahead. You sit incredibly low, laid back a little further than perhaps seems "normal" in the context of most road cars, and the view out is as vivid as an IMAX cinema screen thanks to the low scuttle and slender A-pillars. You feel you could reach out and touch the road. Not that you need to. McLaren has resisted the call of electric power steering, and the simple Alcantara-covered wheel dances in your hands, putting you intimately in touch with the contact patch between tire and tarmac.

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AUTOMOBILE All - Stars . As far as design, you won’t find many members of the Automobile staff who are huge fans of the 570S’s rear end. The back of the 600 LT is a nice improvement, particularly when it has the optional Rear Bumper (fender) Aero Fins.

This is the McLaren 600 LT . The next chapter in the storied history of the McLaren ‘Longtail’. This delivers substantially increased downforce to enhance the dynamic experience – especially on track. For the driver, the result is an incredibly pure and confidence-inspiring connection with the 600 LT .

The driving environment is so well focused, with every control and sightline honed to help you deal with what comes at you. And for good reason. As the 600LT weighs around 3,000 pounds and produces 592 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque, what you perceive to be far in the distance will be under those Pirelli P Zero Trofeos much quicker than you think. Like we said, it pays to look ahead.

But there's a problem. A distraction. In your peripheral vision the rearview mirror keeps flashing. By the time your eyes flick up and to the right, there's nothing to see but . . . there it is again. As the sun starts to fade away, the faint flicker in the mirror becomes a fire as two jets of hot blue flame vent from the top-mounted exhausts with every stab of the throttle.

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AUTOMOBILE All - Stars . “ The McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ that began the lineage was one of the purest racecars in modern motorsport history. The 675LT resurrected the revered name, creating the purest distillation of the sheer driving pleasure embodied by all McLaren cars,” said Mike Flewitt

The McLaren 600LT Is a 2019 Automobile All-Star© Andrew Trahan

If you didn't love the 600LT already (and you will), then the realization that it spews flames when the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 is under load and then chuffs two fireballs as you lift off the gas is enough to have you adding up the value of close relatives and fripperies such as your home. This is McLaren cutting loose. Forget thoughts of Woking's finest being clinical or charmless—the 600LT embraces fury, excitement, and fire, and the result is a supercar of pure intensity. "I like driving formula cars and fast karts more than just about anything," executive editor Mac Morrison said after taking the car on a few laps. "The McLaren provides the same type of quick responses and tactile feedback as those do. I was talking to myself all the way around the circuit, basically saying 'what a blast' again and again."

The McLaren 600LT Is a 2019 Automobile All-Star© Andrew Trahan 2019 McLaren 600LT All Star 03

Indeed, the mid-engine layout, the rigidity of the carbon-fiber tub, and the minimalist cockpit create a race car vibe, and on track the 600LT delivers. It feels beautifully responsive, there's less understeer than in the 570S on which it's based, and the body control is locked down and accurate. However, again it shows genuine interactivity. You can tweak the tail here, provoke the car into gentle oversteer, and lean on the excellent electronics in ESC Dynamic mode to experience the LT right on the edge without too much risk of tumbling over into the abyss. Fly without the clever stability systems, and the 600LT's consistency remains. Perhaps it lacks the outright traction of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, but there are no surprises. McLaren's hard-core road racer is satisfyingly progressive and forgiving.

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The McLaren 600 LT Is a 2019 Automobile All - Star . So what makes the G550 an All - Star ? All of these things, but also the way all of these things add up to an experience that ’s more than the quotidian, more than just another nice luxury SUV.

The McLaren 600 LT Is a 2019 Automobile All - Star . You doubt me? Then I suspect you haven’t driven one. I previously tested a GT2 RS before All - Stars , so it came as zero surprise to me that this weapon scorched its way to becoming a crowd favorite at our annual shootout.

On the actual road, things get even better. Here you sense how McLaren cares for details immeasurable in lap times or lateral g figures. The light, detailed steering is central to the car's appeal, and it's backed up by a chassis that seems to breathe over frost-damaged surfaces and one that glides elegantly where you expect it to feel harsh. The engine is just starting to feel its age. We love the dizzying top-end delivery, but there's some throttle lag in the low- and midrange, which seems at odds with the scalpel-sharp feel of everything else. It's not exactly tuneful, either. Even so, the McLaren is absorbing when you give it its head, and it fizzes with specialness even at low speeds.

The McLaren 600LT Is a 2019 Automobile All-Star© Andrew Trahan

Still, going slowly does prove difficult at times. "Going fast is oh-so-easy in the 600LT," contributor Basem Wasef said, "and it has a way of begging you to go even faster." Others agree. "Man, this thing is so easy to drive at blistering speeds," editor-in-chief Mike Floyd said. "It's scary how well it feels in the hands of mere mortals like yours truly." Even better, the 600LT seems to look after the pilot but never pulls them out of the equation; the electronics aid drivers rather than demoting them. Our Art St. Antoine nailed it perfectly: "I know there's cutting-edge tech on board, but you don't feel it. The 600LT comes across as analog. And that's a good thing. Very natural, very pure, very direct."

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The new McLaren 600 LT epitomises the McLaren philosophy of producing lightweight super-sportscars that deliver extreme performance and are The ethos underpinning every aspect of the development of the 600 LT was a determination to deliver the purest possible connection between car

The McLaren 600 LT Is a 2019 Automobile All - Star . The Veloster N was a surprise favorite of this year’s All - Stars competition. Its inclusion was the subject of much debate among Automobile staffers, and it was only after a lot of lobbying initiated by a couple of the Veloster N’s biggest fans on staff that

Yes, McLaren has built something special here. Yes, the company appears to bring out a new model every three or four weeks, and, admittedly, using the same architecture across all the models can't help but raise eyebrows and create a bit of cynicism. However, the speed of evolution is bearing fruit. From tame, slightly aloof supercars earlier in the decade, McLaren has discovered a burning passion for extreme, pared-back, and wickedly sharp driver's cars within. Those flames are more than just a distraction. They're the embodiment of McLaren's inner fire bursting out through every fiber of the 600LT. Is it an All-Star? You're kidding, right?

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2019 McLaren 600LT Specifications

PRICE $242,500/$308,630 (base/as tested)
ENGINE 3.8L twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8; 592 hp @ 7,500 rpm, 457 lb-ft @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
LAYOUT 2-door, 2-passenger, 
mid-engine, RWD coupe
EPA MILEAGE 17/22 mpg (city/hwy, est)
L x W x H 181.3 x 82.5 x 47.0 in
WHEELBASE 2,994 lb
WEIGHT 3,117 lb
0-60 MPH 2.8 sec
TOP SPEED 204 mph

The McLaren 600LT Spider Is Mind-Bendingly Fast.
Dropping the top on the LT coupe adds weight, but doesn't make the car any worse. Close your eyes, and imagine the McLaren 570S. If you’ve never been in one, let me paint a picture. It will be mind-bendingly fast, with a power band that never seems to end. It will have razor sharp handling. It will make fun sounds, and with the stability control left on, it will make you feel like a hero at weekend track days. If you've spent time in supercars before, and particularly McLarens, you will likely recall that even the “entry level” Sports-Series McLarens are likely the fastest cars in your memory bank.

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