2020 Mclaren 600LT

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


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Bhavik Sreenath Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 28, 2019


The name Mclaren is nothing short of true petrol head’s wet dream and that is mostly done to the fact that most cars that have been born with the Mclaren tag have redefined the very benchmark of what to expect from a high-performance vehicle be it the Mclaren F1 from back in the which holds the world land speed record for a naturally aspirated production vehicle till date which is an extraordinary feat. The P1 is another one of Mclaren’s masterpieces which became the benchmark of what hybrid power plants were actually capable and it showed the world that the electricity-powered future of automobiles doesn't have to be slow or boring.

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Pros

Ballistic power delivery

Excellent feedback through the steering wheel 

Lightning-fast shifts from the 7-speed Dual-clutch transmission

Exhilarating exhaust note

Cons

Laggy infotainment 

Too stiff a ride for everyday use

What's New?

The 600 LT Spider is all-new for the 2020 model year but under the skin, it continues to carry most of its underpinnings from previous years 570S.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$256500

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

232 cu.in.

horsepower

592 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

457 lbs.-ft. @ 5500 rpm

transmission

7 speed automated 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

76 in.

height

47.1 in.

curb weight

2859 lbs.

ground clearance

3.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

7.1 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

ev range

237 mi.

highway range

347.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / unlimited

powertrain warranty

3 yr. / unlimited

corrosion warranty

10 yr. / unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
 2020 Mclaren 600LT Rear View  2020 Mclaren 600LT 3 Quarter View  2020 Mclaren 600LT 3 Quarter View  2020 Mclaren 600LT 3 Quarter View  2020 Mclaren 600LT Rear View
Interior
 2020 Mclaren 600LT Front Seats  2020 Mclaren 600LT Cockpit Area  2020 Mclaren 600LT Front Seats  2020 Mclaren 600LT interior  2020 Mclaren 600LT Front Arm Rest
Videos
 2020 Mclaren 600LT Review video
 2020 Mclaren 600LT Interior video
 2020 Mclaren 600LT Exterior video

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mclaren 600LT Base

Base

power
592hp @ 7500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$256,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Spider (3.8L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $256,500 MSRP (15/18/22) 592hp @ 7500 rpm, 3.8 L, V-8, premium unleaded
7-speed automated manual rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review


The 600 LT Spider is in the latest in the McLaren lineup which is, in essence, a 570S spider, remastered. This new entry-level McLaren might not be an all-new car from the ground up but the thing is that it does not need to be one. The 570S was already a surreal supercar which could have done with a bit more power and better handling and that's exactly what McLaren did with the new 600LT. For starters, the 600 in the name is to indicate the bump in power which has gone up to 600 horsepower forms the previous 570 horsepower. The other bits include an intensively redesigned aero package and the extensive use of lightweight materials to round off a brutally fast package.

2020 McLaren 600 LT Spyder
2020 McLaren 600 LT Spyder

2020 Mclaren 600LT Features

The 2020 McLaren 600 LT Spider is priced at $256,500 which is over $40K more than its predecessor but for your 40 grand you are treated with a bump in power and lots of space-age weight saving kit which make the 600LT Spider a faster, sharper and a more agile track tool than.

Trim

600 LT

MSRP

$256,500

Key

Features

 Alcantara finished interior upholstery with textile headlining 

 

Manual carbon fiber sports seats 

 

Electrochromatic dipping rear view interior mirror 

 

Alcantara wrapped Carbon Black leather steering wheel 

 

Dual-zone climate control (temp)

 

Full LED headlights with automatic headlight leveling

 

Follow Me Home Headlights (adjustable time)

 

Automatic lights (in conjunction with rain sensor) 

 

Automatic LED daytime running lights & rear lights

 

DAB radio (SiriusXM for USA and Canada) 

 

Bluetooth telephony 

 

USB connectivity & AUX in

 

iPod / iPhone integration IRIS navigation (inc. cluster turn-by-turn display) 

 

McLaren 4-speaker audio system

We Recommend

There McLaren 600LT is only offered in a single trim level but we would definitely recommend the optional breaking package which adds the brake booster package straight out of the Senna hypercar.

 

2020 McLaren 600 LT infotainment
McLaren 600 LT Infotainment
2020 McLaren 600 LT rear windscreen
McLaren 600 LT spyder rear windscreen

2020 Mclaren 600LT Engine

Engine and Transmission

Models

McLaren 600LT Spider

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Audi R8 Spyder V10

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spider

MSRP

$258,500

$203,000

$177,100

$261,945

Engine

3.8L V8

3.8L H6

5.2L V10

5.2L V10

Transmission

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower

562 hp @ 7500 rpm

580 hp @ 6750 rpm

540 hp @ 7800 rpm

631 hp @ 8250 rpm

Torque

443 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm

398 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm

471 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm

 *2019 Figures used for reference purposes only

The 7-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) as McLaren likes to call it is truly seamless in the way it makes use of the LT’s 600 horsepower. The gearbox which has been lifted off the 570s has been given a throw TLC to cope with the bump in power. The engine is ballistic in the way it manages to deliver all that power through its rear wheels courtesy the grippy Pirelli P Zero tires and the big rear wing that manages to give it more downforce than most of its arch-rivals and hence that sense of sticking to the tarmac which is unmatched in this side of supercar territory.

Acceleration

At 2.9 seconds, the 600 LT now sits at the very top of the supercar drag race table alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. But if that's not enough street cred for you then we are happy to inform our reads that the 600 LT spider is capable of sprinting to 125 mph in a mere 8.2 seconds which is getting seriously close to hypercar territory. 

Models

McLaren 600 LT Spider

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Audi R8 Spyder V10

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spider

0-60 MPH

2.9

2.9

3.5

2.9

Quarter mile

11.0

 

11.9

-NA-

Engine

3.8 L

3.8 L

5.2 L

5.2 L

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

6.6

8.4

10.4

11.7

Braking

The huge 6 piston carbon-ceramic rotors, which are made in-house by McLaren are undeniably one of the best in the business, coupled with the super sticky Pirelli P Zero brings this agile beast to a halt in no time. Another clever bit of tech that makes its way into the 600 LT’s options list is the brake booster feature borrowed from the Senna Hypercar which primes the breaks in advance by building pressure in the vehicles hydraulic brake cylinder which allows the 600 LT Spider to come to a complete halt from a 125 miles an hour in a mind-numbing 121 meters which is just 5 meters more than the P1 Hypercar.

Model

McLaren 600 LT Spider

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Audi R8 Spyder V10

Lamborghini Huracan Spider

Brake Front (in.)

15.35

16.1

14.4

15.0

Brake Rear (in.)

14.96

15.4

14.0

14.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,303

3,682

3,957

3,399

60-0 MPH (ft.)

105

97

111

105.6

 

2020 Mclaren 600LT Fuel Economy

Enquiring about a supercar’s fuel economy should be made a criminal offense. But for those who are all about their numbers, it is safe to say that the 600 LT is no Prius and it manages to squeeze out a mere 20 mpg combined. The 600 LT, however, is in the same ballpark as most of its competitors which makes it a valuable proposition (in an imaginary world full of supercars and hypercars) .

Model

McLaren 600 LT Spider

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Audi R8 Spyder V10

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spider

MPG (city)

19

19

14

13

MPG (highway)

23

24

25

19

MPG (combined)

16

21

18

15

 

2020 Mclaren 600LT Interior

Seating and Comfort

The LT 600 spider has taken the weight saving game up a notch which has made its way even to the interiors of the vehicle. For starters, the cabin has been stripped of all kinds of leather upholstery and Alcantara has been brought in to take its place. 

The seats have also received a thorough weight-saving treatment to go with the vehicle's weight-saving theme. The new seats are made entirely out of Carbon Fiber which results in massive amounts of weight reduction without compromising on comfort and functionality.

The seats are however clearly designed with the 600 LT Spider’s aggressive performance in mind hence the seat itself isn't the most comfortable on long journeys but they do offer a tremendous amount of support and are highly capable of keeping the driver and passenger in place even during high spirited driving.

 

Model

McLaren 600 LT Spider

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Audi R8 Spyder V10

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder

Passenger capacity

2

4

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.2/53.4/43.9

35.2/53.2/42.1

38.5/55.1/-

32.5/52.4/

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

33.5/50.4/26.4

N/A

N/A

The seats might be a right match to McLaren’s ballistic performance but getting yourself into the cabin and on to those seats is definitely a hustle in itself which is mostly due to the high strength carbon tub which intrudes so much into the cabin that as one opens the door they are greeted by a massive carbon fiber door sill which is a couple of inches in height and width, which forces its occupants to leap into the cabin instead of just stepping in, well its just one of those quirks that makes a supercar what it truly is.

Interior Features

  • Extended leather interior with textile headlining 
  • Manual sports seats 
  • Electrochromatic dipping rear view interior mirror 
  • Carbon Black leather steering wheel 
  • Dual-zone climate control (temp) 
  • Rear window heating element on the rear window 
  • Air conditioning Manual adjust steering column (reach and rake) 
  • Black seatbelts Tonal stitch Satin chrome brightwork

Infotainment System

The seven-inch McLaren IRIS smartphone-style touchscreen interface might look space-age just like the rest of the vehicle but its quite the opposite in real life. The system is slow and laggy unlike the rest of the vehicle and the interface itself isn't the most intuitive and one might find themselves struggling to enter directions or addresses onto the satnav for the same reason. Good thing that this isn't a GT car that needs to have an easy to use Satnav in order to smoothly execute a cross-continental voyage on the tarmac. McLaren has however packed the IRIS infotainment with plenty of features such as:

  • Satellite navigation
  • Bluetooth telephone connection and audio streaming
  • Wi-Fi tethering
  • Voice activation
  • Integrated apps
  • DAB or SIRIUS radio 
  • USB connectivity and AUX input
  • McLaren 4-speaker audio system McLaren Track Telemetry (MTT)

Cargo Capacity

The Mid-engine layout of the 600 LT Spider only allows for a ‘frunk’ which is the front-mounted trunk that is surprisingly roomy for what it is and is capable of accommodating a duffle bag or two with ease.

The seatback is storage can also be utilized in various ways, as its equipped with clever touches such as a dedicate shelf to hold small bags and a coat hook for added functionality. 

All in all the cabin is sufficient to pack enough luggage for a weekend getaway.

Model

McLaren 600 LT Spider

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Audi R8 Spyder V10

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spider

Cargo Volume with 2nd row up (ft.3)

5.3

5.7

4.0

N/A

 

McLaren 600 LT Spyder interior
McLaren 600 LT seats

2020 Mclaren 600LT Exterior

Design and Dimensions 

McLaren takes first and foremost priority delivering a purpose-built exterior that is designed with such accuracy and precision that it seems like the golden ratios have been implemented into designing the exteriors of the vehicle, making it extremely pleasing to the eye. The low stance and the wide body design gives it more presence than its predecessor. And other tricks that the McLaren 600 LT Spider has borrowed from the supercar book of cool are the doors that go up instead of sideways and a great big fixed-wing which is lavishly furnished with tonnes of carbon fiber.

The massive rear wing, however, is not just an aesthetic add on. The carbon wing is placed their to get rid of all the active aero trickery that was found onboard the 600 LT’s predecessor in a bid to save weight along with adding more downforce. 

Talking of weight saving, the 600 LT Spider was put under a serious diet for performance gains over its predecessor. For starters, we have a carbon fiber rear wing, followed by lighter rims and breaks and even a lighter exhaust setup than the 570S. All of this weight saving space-age technology results in a car which is 100 kilograms down on weight form its predecessor and in the world of supercars, less weight equals more speed.

Model

McLaren 600 LT Spider

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Audi R8 Spyder V10

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spider

Curb weight (lbs.)

2,749

3,682

3,957

3,399

Length(in)

181.3

177.4

174.3

175.6

Width(in)

76.0

74.0

76.4

75.8

Height(in)

47.0

50.9

49.0

46.5

Ground clearance (in)

3.2

3.2

3.8

3.5

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

96.5

104.3

103.2

Track width (in) F/R

65.9/63.7

60.7/62.6

64.5/63.0

65.7/63.8

Exterior Features

  • 20" Forged Carbon Wheels
  • Alloy Wheel Locks with Titanium Bolts
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Wing
  • Carbon Fiber Lower Grille Insert
  • Premium Paint
  • Full LED headlights with automatic headlight leveling Automatic lights (in conjunction with rain sensor) Automatic LED daytime running lights & rear lights 
  • Central High Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL) 
  • Dual function LED rear fog / reverse light 
  • Dihedral Doors Electrically folding heated door mirrors (with a dip in reverse functionality) 
  • Dark Palladium rear deck and service cover 
  • Dark Palladium aero blades and side skirts 
  • Silver exhaust finisher Silver badge set (front, rear, steering wheel and wheel center caps)
2020 McLaren 600 LT Drive
2020 McLaren 600 LT exterior
2020 McLaren 600 LT exterior
2020 McLaren 600 LT exterior
2020 McLaren 600 LT exterior
2020 McLaren 600 LT exterior

2020 Mclaren 600LT Safety

With this kind of mind-numbing performance on tap, McLaren has packed the 600 LT Spider with a whole host of safety features and equipment to make it as safe as possible. 

The LT 600 Spider has not been tested by any safety regulatory authority such as Euro NCAP or NHTSA and it probably never will be due to its high cost of production and low production volumes.

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) 
  • Dynamic Electronic Stability Control (DESC) 
  • Traction Control (TC) 
  • Hill hold assist Cruise control Electronic parking brake
  • Volumetric alarm upgrade (including interior storage compartments) 
  • Vehicle tracking system

 

2020 Mclaren 600LT Competition

McLaren 600 LT Spider vs Huracan Evo Spider

Just like the 600 LT Spider, teh Evo Spider is also all new for 2020 and it is also the McLaren’s arch rival as both these vehicles proimise to offer similar kind of performance in a similar setup but they do differ in the way they deliver this performance. The Huraccan Evo is an all wheel drive monster which is the newest benchmark in agility but the McLaren manages to hold its ground by offering raw and unadultrated feedback and response courtesy its direct chassis and steering feel which is better than the Lamborghini.

McLaren 600 LT Spider vs Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

The Porsche is any purists wet dream with the manic flat 6 powerplant which has been tuned to produce even more power in its Turbo S guise coupled with all wheel steering and direct handling it might just be better around twisties but it is no match for the McLaren in terms of outright acceleration and it fails to make its driver feel like it wants to kill you.

McLaren 600 LT competitors
2020 McLaren 600 LT Spyder Competitors

2020 Mclaren 600LT Final Verdict

This entry-level 600 LT Spider is just McLaren’s way of showing the world how an already perfect machine can be remastered. The 600 LT Spider is everything that the world said the 570 s Spider was and could have been. The addition of power and loosing the 100 kilos has made it a sharper vehicle all in all and it undeniably is a supercar bargain for all those who have 250 Grand to spare on a dream machine.