This Sunday there’ll be plenty of elegant, classically beautiful vintage cars gracing the lawns of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The McLaren 600LT in Stealth Grey is not one of those.
Not that it’s not beautiful, in a dark, almost sinister kind of way. It’s just that it’s a world away from anything you might risk calling ‘classic’. Nothing from the 1960s used this much carbon fibre or the super-lightweight driving seats of McLaren’s Senna.
Essentially, this is the phenomenal 600LT with all the bells and whistles McLaren Special Operations can come up with, ones that counterintuitively take weight away from the car. All that carbon fibre – roof, cantrails, fenders, most of the interiors – makes the 2.8-second sprinter even lighter and more responsive. How this thing is road legal we’ll never know.
Don’t worry about all those extras upsetting the sexy, aerodynamic shape of the 600LT though. It still has that long, low, immensely cool silhouette the Longtail is known for, it just means you’ll need that extra downforce all the more.
It’s not all seat-of-the-pants performance though. If you can hear them over the 204mph-capable, 600PS engine, the 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system offers superlative in-car sound quality. At the same time a touch of embroidery alleviates the carbon fibre nicely. Oh and the keys are hand-painted and bespoke… because of course they are. This is McLaren.
Of course, the one aspect you can’t get with the body kits for the 600LT or any of the usual finishing touches is that unique Stealth Grey finish. We’re already lamenting that fact given that it transforms the already intimidating beast of a car into something out of a road safety officer’s nightmares.
When it was launched back at the Goodwood Festival of Speed we reckoned you couldn’t get much cooler than the 600LT as it was. We were wrong. Well, there’s a first time for everything.
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