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McLaren Automotive has launched its lightweight track-focussed 600LT into the Australian market, with a starting price of $455,000 plus on-road costs.
The McLaren 600LT, the first in the Sports Series range to wear the ‘LT’ badge, will hit our shores in late 2018, with a McLaren spokesperson confirming several Australian customers had already placed orders.
The 600LT is a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S, and is very much being marketed as a track day car that can also be driven on the road. But while it shares the same carbon MonoCell II chassis as the 570S, the 600LT tips the scales at a svelte 1274kg (dry weight), almost 100kg lighter than its tamer sibling.
A carbon-fibre diet – new front splitter, a completely redesigned rear diffuser, and sports seats lifted straight out of the McLaren P1 – only partially accounts for weight loss. Shaving 2mm off the thickness of the 600LT’s windows saves 2.1kg, while a shorter exhaust system (which now proudly exits out of the top of the 600LT’s rear – it’s spectacular in action, spitting fire in long plumes) provides a further 12.6kg weight saving.