It’s time to have fun with McLaren’s new Long Tail supercar

McLaren has launched the online configurator for the new 600LT supercar. Launched at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed back in July, the track-prepped Sports Series supercar brings back the Long Tail heritage for McLaren. The 600LT is lighter and more powerful than the 570S. It’s powered by the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, V-8 that’s used throughout the entire Sports Series lineup. The 600LT’s V-8 engine is tuned to produce 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, 30 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque more than the 570S. Now that the supercar’s online configurator is live, it’s time to go have some fun with it.

McLaren 600LT Configurator Invites You To Have Fun
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The first order of business is choosing a right paint color for my (virtual) McLaren 600LT.

This isn’t an easy choice, either, because McLaren’s offering 28 different paint colors to choose from.

In the end, I’m choosing the Saros Elite paint finish. It’s a lighter shade of grey with an almost bluish tint to it. It looks classy on the 600LT without ruining its sporting characteristics.

McLaren 600LT exterior colors

Silver McLaren Orange Onyx Black Silica White
Curacao BLue White Special Luminaire Green Vermillion Red
Sicilian Yellow Vega Blue Myan Orange Chicane Effect
Saros Cosmos Papaya Spark Burton Blue
Abyss Black Polaris Blue Lantana Purple Fistral Blue
Ceramic Grey Mauvine Blue Amethyst Black Sarthe grey
Paris Blue MSO Muriwai White MSO Borealis MSO Helios Orange MSO

Moving on to the wheels and brakes didn’t make my job easier. Sure, there aren’t that many options to choose from, but all the options are worthy of consideration. I’m going with the 10-spoke, diamond-cut ultra-lightweight forged wheels and I’m jazzing it up with red carbon ceramic brake calipers behind it. The combination of the Saros Elite paint finish and the red calipers look amazing on the 600LT.

McLaren 600LT Configurator Invites You To Have Fun
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Since money isn’t a problem with the 600LT configurator, I’m going to dial up on McLaren’s carbon fiber offerings by choosing all three carbon fiber upgrades that are available. Upgrade 1, for example, covers the door mirror casings and the extended sire intakes. Upgrade 2 adds to that by giving the carbon fiber treatment on the front splitter, side skirt, rear bumper, rear spoiler, and integrated diffuser. Then there’s Upgrade 3, which puts the carbon fiber touches on the exterior door inserts, the rear deck, and the service cover.

McLaren 600LT Wheels

10-SPOKE ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT FORGED
Silver
Diamond Cut
Gloss Black
Satin Raw Metal
5-SPOKE ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT FORGED
Silver
Diamond Cut
Gloss Black
Satin Raw Metal
McLaren 600LT Configurator Invites You To Have Fun
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With the exterior done, I’m turning my attention towards the interior of my 600LT. This is, without question, the most difficult section to configure, largely because I want to include all the available options in my virtual supercar. That obviously can’t happen so difficult choices have to be made.

The first of these difficult choices is dressing up the interior in a two-tone Jet Black and Carmine Red leather treatment.

Jet Black leather dominates the surface section of the interior. I’m purposely limiting the Carmine Red leather to the door panels because I want to have a symmetrical design with the exterior.

After much thought, I’m holding off on adding more options to the interior other than getting MSO Defined Red seat belts. The 600LT’s cabin is fantastic enough on its own. If I added more carbon fiber to it, I’d practically drown myself on the damn thing. All the carbon fiber panels in the exterior are more than enough for me. I don’t need a lot more of them in the interior.

That said, I am adding the optional Bowers & Wilkins Audio System. The system offers 1,280 watts of power to go with a digital 14-channel amplifier, a 12-speaker system, and a host of state-of-the-art Bowers & Wilkins audio technologies. I’m also checking all the boxes under “Safety & Security.” That’s going to get me a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, a vehicle tracking system, and a security pack that includes the aforementioned sensors a vehicle lift feature, a fitted car cover, and an alarm upgrade.

McLaren 600LT Configurator Invites You To Have Fun
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McLaren 600LT Interior Options

Alcantara LT Interior
Leather & Alcantara LT
ALC BY McLaren Designer LT
LTR BY McLaren Designer LT
Interior Leather design 1: CARMINE RED / JET BLACK
Interior Leather design 2: JET BLACK / SCORIA GREY
Interior Leather design 3: JET BLACK / MIDNIGHT BLUE

The rest of the options are inconsequential to me. My McLaren 600LT can do without the fire extinguisher, ashtray, branded floor mat set. I am getting warning triangle and a first aid kit, but I’m not getting them from McLaren.

I love how my Mclaren 600LT turned out. It’s not as flashy as some of the other 600LTs I’ve seen, and I’m perfectly fine with it. In fact, I prefer the more low-key look of my virtual supercar. It’s eye-catching without being overbearing, which is exactly what the 600LT is all about.

Further Reading

2019 McLaren 600LT Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren 600LT.

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Buyers who have secured a 600LT Coupé are now exploring the wide range of colours and options available using an advanced real-time configurator to complete their order in retailers - but anybody with internet access can build their own perfect ‘Longtail’ using McLaren’s online 2D configurator.

The pioneering specification system allows you to view the 600LT in any of the 28 different body colours offered, three of which are newly introduced with the launch of the 600LT: Myan Orange, Chicane Effect (grey); and Luminaire (green). 14 of the paint colours are in an MSO Defined palette developed by McLaren Special Operations for the new ‘Longtail’.

Customers and brand enthusiasts can explore the six different ‘By McLaren’ Designer interior themes and extensive range of performance-oriented options – many of them in visually striking and lightweight visual carbon fibre – in combination with their preferred exterior colour. The interior themes selected by McLaren’s design team for the new 600LT comprise three in Alcantara® and three in Nappa Leather. All feature bold colours and are differentiated respectively by either lightweight technical material or soft-grain leather, covering the seat bolsters and cushions, facia and centre tunnel.

“This is a great way to explore the specification of a car like the 600LT before finalising your choices,” commented McLaren Automotive Chief Test Driver, Kenny Brack. “You can see on screen what each paint colour looks like in isolation, choose your wheel design and finish and then contrast the exterior look with any of the interior specifications that appeal, before adding optional features and equipment.”

Brack selected Sicilian Yellow exterior paint and matched it with a full Carbon Black Alcantara® interior. MSO Defined 6-Point Harnesses - one of the features included in the MSO Clubsport Pro option pack for the 600LT selected by Kenny – were specified in blue, combining with Azura Blue Coloured Brake Calipers to create a visual theme aligning with the flag colours of his home country of Sweden.

Other features in the MSO Clubsport Pro Pack include a Carbon Fibre Roof, Carbon Fibre Front Fenders with Gloss Visual Carbon Fibre Louvres and Super-Lightweight Carbon Fibre Racing Seats. Gloss Black finish on the 10-Spoke Ultra-Lightweight Forged Aluminium Alloy Wheels; all three Carbon Fibre Exterior Upgrade packs; and McLaren Track Telemetry with three cameras were also selected by Kenny. In keeping with the track-focused nature of the specification, air-conditioning, satellite navigation and audio – all no-cost options – were not added.

Racing driver and McLaren brand ambassador, Bruno Senna, configured his 600LT in Burton Blue from the MSO Defined range of exterior colours, again complemented by a full Carbon Black Alcantara® interior. Bruno also specified the full complement of Carbon Fibre Upgrade packs and features in the MSO Clubsport Pro Pack, but selected McLaren Orange for both harnesses and seatbelts.

Gloss Black wheel finish was favoured, contrasted with yellow brake calipers, while McLaren Track Telemetry with three cameras was again selected. Further specification was more road-oriented, with air-conditioning and a Bowers & Wilkins Audio System chosen, alongside front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and vehicle lift.

In addition to the online 2D configurator available at http://configurator.mclaren.com/model/coupe600lt, the real-time specification tool is installed in McLaren retailers worldwide as a 3D experience that delivers 4K detail with even greater clarity and tonal accuracy. In MARC (McLaren Automotive Real-time Configurator) guise, the system is the most detailed configurator to date from the British luxury sportscar and supercar brand.

Following its global debut in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the McLaren 600LT Coupé is available to order from McLaren retailers, priced from £185,500 with taxes (UK). Production volume will be strictly limited, with build commencing in October 2018 and running for around 12 months, build slots being scheduled around existing Sports Series and Super Series models, as well as the sell-out McLaren Senna, Senna GTR and McLaren Speedtail.

To discover more about the new McLaren 600LT, visit: http://cars.mclaren.com/sports-series/600lt. A film demonstrating the MARC system in operation can be viewed at https://youtu.be/GWF0Gm2CFBU.

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