There are only a few weeks left before McLaren debuts its latest offering at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed — but our snapper has already managed to get a good look at the most anticipated Sports Series model ever and sent us plenty of spy shots of it as it lapped the Nürburgring in anger.
For the newest incarnation of the LT suffix (LT, as you know, stands for Long Tail — a nameplate that pays tribute to the original McLaren F1 and which was already used on the 675LT), McLaren chose the 570S as the basis but garnished it with all sorts of aerodynamic trickery. It’s known, for now, as the 600 LT and as the name suggests, it will have 600 horsepower and probably far more torque than the 601Nm produced by the 570S.
The revised M838T 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 will be backed by a stronger chassis and an upgraded suspension system and mated to a seven-speed transmission very likely tuned to shift those cogs as if you’ve been hit in the back with a wrecking ball. This is, after all, going to be the most aggressive, track-focused Sports Series model yet.
Although heavily camouflaged, we can see a few differences compared to the 570S such as redesigned side vents on the front bumper, a new splitter that extends more in front of the nose, and canards on the sides while the centre section appears to have been closed off. The bonnet and fenders look the same as those on the 570S while the profile has reshaped skirts and it rides on a new set of wheels. The rear fender intakes appear to be bigger and the fenders themselves look wider too. Around the back, it features the same taillights as the 570S but the wing on the deck lid is new — and it’s massive. The bumper is new as well and it gets large cutouts and canards on the sides and of course a big diffuser.
There will probably also be a second body style — the 600LT Spider — and as far as production numbers go we expect no more than 500 units of each.