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McLaren releases the 592bhp 600LT – their most powerful Sports Series model to hit the tarmac

Introducing the McLaren 600LT, the fifth model released by the British manufacturer and also their most powerful in the Sports Series range. It's not cheap though, carrying a £36,500 premium over the 570S, the hand-built 600LT will cost upwards of £185,500.

The Longtail, or LT, is McLaren’s sub-brand reserved for only the most extreme models. In fact, only four cars have carried the badge, including the McLaren F1 GTR racer in 1996 who carried it first.

McLaren claims almost 25 per cent of the car’s parts are new or redeveloped from the 570S donor vehicle. As such, the 600LT follows on from 2015's 675LT, adopting that car’s mantra of more power, less weight and optimised aerodynamics.

It's the bespoke carbon fibre bodywork that serves up the most obvious changes. The body itself is 74mm longer thanks to a unique carbon fibre roof, front splitter, side skirts and extended rear diffuser, while top-exit exhausts and a fixed rear wing to help reduce weight and improve downforce.

Hop inside and you'll find Alcantara-trimmed carbon fibre racing seats from McLaren's P1 but, if buyers so please, they can spec the even lighter carbon fibre seats from the new Senna. With every lightweight option fitted from the British firm's inventory, the 600LT weighs up 96kg less than a standard 570S, tipping the scales at 1,247kg without fluids.

Mclaren's 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine powers the 600LT, as it does all their road cars, but has been tweaked to develop 592bhp and 620Nm of torque. A new cooling system and reduced exhaust back pressure play their part in the power upgrade, and performance is expected to be around the 3.0-second mark for its 0-62mph charge.

The 720S donated its chassis for the 600LT, while there are forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension, a carbon ceramic braking, stiffer engine mounts and Pirelli Trofeo R tyres are all designed to bring better ‘track focused dynamics.’

McLaren announced that the 600LT be produced in ‘strictly limited numbers’. Considering only 500 examples of the previous 675LT coupe and 675LT Spider were built, it’s likely McLaren will follow suit with the 600LT.

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