Is this more exciting than the Senna? I think, over all others, that’s the question.
On the one hand, a 789bhp hypercar built primarily for the track but apparently acceptable on the road. Speed, downforce, impressiveness.
The 600LT has speed and downforce too, as a result of upping the 570S’s engine output by 30bhp and extending the front splitter, rear diffuser, fitting a new rear wing (hence the name) and getting an 8mm lower ride height. But as much it’s about feel, finesse, “the purest distillation of sheer driving pleasure”, according to McLaren boss Mike Flewitt.
Let’s see, to a point: there’s a limit to what you find out in 1.1 miles, especially if you’ve not driven a 570S for a while. But McLarens transmit messages sufficiently well that you can pick nuances between them: they all steer beautifully, but this one better than perhaps any other. A suede-rimmed wheel always helps.
The weight (1247kg dry) is 100kg less than a 570S – which is a feat in itself – and the less a car weighs, the more pleasingly it steers, in my experience. So this is good as modern power-assisted units get.