2018 McLaren 720S Pacific Theme
Unveiled in 2017 as a replacement for the 650S, the McLaren 720S has already brought its aggressive design, luxurious interior, and beefed-up V-8 engine into showrooms. As it usually happens, McLaren began showcasing various custom models made by the MSO division, starting with the Velocity Theme unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Come August 2018, and the Brits launched two mode special editions, one of which is the Pacific Theme.
Commissioned by McLaren Special Operations for McLaren Glasgow from Scotland, the Pacific Theme was created alongside Track Theme, a second supercar that will go the company’s dealership in Manchester. Much like all MSO-created McLaren’s, Pacific Theme boasts unique color and trim with a focus on the 720S’s "sophisticated technical luxury." Let’s find out what sets it apart in the review below.
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Design the 600LT of Your Dreams in The New McLaren Configurator
The McLaren 600LT is yet another feather in the cap for the British automaker. As if it doesn’t have enough mouth-watering performance cars already, McLaren unveiled the 600LT with the purpose of filling out its entry-level Sports Series lineup with its own track-focused beauty. It looks the part of a super sports car, has the most power out of all McLaren Sports Series, and it’s configured for the thrills of the racetrack. Unfortunately, all that acclaim comes with the downside of us having little chance of owning one in our lifetimes. So what’s the best way to deal with that reality? Play around with the new McLaren 600LT online configurator, and imagine what our 600LTs could look like. It’s only in the virtual world, but like most things that we literally can’t get our hands on, we’ll take anything we can get.
Video: McLaren 600LT Makes Some Smoke at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The McLaren 600LT is one of the most awaited debut models at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the supercar made quite an entrance with a good ‘ol fashioned tire-burning donut session. While some people will scoff at the car and say that it’s just a 570S with a power boost, the 600LT is actually a lot more than what it’s being given credit for.
McLaren’s Track 25 Plan Includes a P1 Successor, 18 New Models, Much Higher Production, and Lots of Hybrid Tech
With the number of millionaires and billionaires surging in the past decade, the demand for ultra-high-end supercars is also on the rise. As such, manufacturers are scrambling to churn out the best four-wheeled speed machines they can muster. That includes McLaren, which just outlined its £1.2 billion, seven-year business plan.
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2019 McLaren 600LT
Launched in 2015 as the company’s most affordable offering, the McLaren Sports Series grew to include several models beyond the initial 570S and 540C. On top of the Spider version, McLaren also launched the less track-focused 570GT and a couple of race-spec models, the 570S GT4 and Sprint. Come 2018, and the Brits are adding yet another version, this time around inspired by the already iconic 675LT. Meet the 600LT, the track-prepped car that brings Longtail heritage to the Sports Series lineup.
Set to make its dynamic debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, the 600LT follows in the footsteps of the already iconic F1 Longtail and 675LT. It’s lighter, more aggressive; it benefits from new aerodynamics, as well as a more powerful engine. It’s the most powerful and most track-focused Sports Series model, and it’s here to take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS!
Updated 07/11/2018: McLaren dropped new technical details and more images for the new 600LT.
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McLaren considering more extreme version of the 600LT
McLaren 600LT vs McLaren 570S
A few years ago, McLaren was still a very small company that had few models on offer. This changed in 2015, when the Brits added a new lineup, the Sports Series. Placed under the Super Series family which includes the 650S and 675LT, among others, the Sports Series is the brand’s most affordable line of cars. It debuted with the 570S and 540C, but it soon grew to include the 570S Spider, the less track-focused 570GT, and the race-spec 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint. In 2018, McLaren finally granted the Sports Series access to its exclusive Longtail lineup and launched the 600LT.
Essentially an upgrade to the 570S, the 600LT uses more extreme aerodynamics and a more powerful engine. It’s quicker and more agile on the race track, yet it remains road-legal, sliding just under the track-only 570S GT4. So how does it compare to the 570S, the lineup’s range-topping model for three years? Let’s find out in the comparison below.
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The New McLaren 600LT is the Fourth "Longtail", What Are the Other Three?
Making performance versions of performance cars somehow seems like a needless operation, but the likes of the Ferrari Speciale, the Porsche GT3 RS, or the Lamborghini Performante showed there is a market for these types of performance cars. Within the McLaren macrocosmos, we have the so-called LT line up. It is still a small lineup, but with the recent introduction of the fascinating, 600LT, the LT offering now includes the 675LT, the 675LT Spider, and the 600LT. However, there was a fourth LT car. The one that all modern McLaren LT performance beasts take a bow to. Their grandfather, if you like - the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail.
Matured under the watchful eye of McLaren racing engineers in the 90s for the 1997 racing season, the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail had such an imposing expression that it became an icon.
The McLaren Long Tail history may not be long, but it is full of cars that moved the bar within their respective segments.
8 Incredible Changes McLaren Made to Turn the 570S into the 600LT
Sharpening up its baby car, McLaren made some intricate changes geared towards giving the 600LT the character of a devil. As everything with McLaren, everything the engineers did to turn the 570S into the 600LT is quantifiable and extremely precise. It has made the ultimate Sport Series car by gifting the 570S with 23 percent new parts and dedicating 12 months to its production at their assembly lines in Woking. The new McLaren 600LT Coupe will be in production for a year starting in October. It is an extremely limited car as is the case with every “Long Tail” from McLaren. Order books are opened now.
The next time we see the 600LT will be at its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month. McLaren should disclose more about its performance and dynamic virtues on the occasion. For the time being, we do know the 600LT is a devil. Making sure its buyers can handle extreme tendencies, McLaren included a Pure McLaren Road Owner Track Day at a race circuit with a racing driver. The driver will teach you how to tame the 600LT, not die in it.
These are eight incredible changes McLaren made to turn the 570S into the 600LT
McLaren Builds Bespoke 570S Spider for the Elton John AIDS Foundation
McLaren has created a custom-made special edition 570S Spider that went for £725,000 (almost $950,000) as part of the 25th anniversary of Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of the one-off McLaren will go to John’s charity, which has helped millions of people across 26 different countries.
The McLaren 600LT Bests the 570S with More Grunt and Less Weight
Teased for quite some time now, the hardcore version of the McLaren 570S has been unveiled ahead of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. As predicted by TopSpeed, it’s called the 600LT, a name that includes the engine’s output in PS and the fact that it’s a member of the "Longtail" lineage, which pays tribute to the original McLaren F1 Long Tail race car. As you might have already guessed, it’s the most powerful and most track-focused member yet of the Sports Series family.
What You Need to Know About the Upcoming McLaren 570LT
Introduced in 2015, McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series has expanded to include no fewer than seven models in just a couple of years, including the racing versions, the cabriolet, and the bespoke MSO X. But, McLaren isn’t stopping here and has already confirmed a new version is underway.
Teased in a couple of pictures, the upcoming sports car was confirmed to feature optimized aerodynamics, increased power, minimized weight, and track-focused dynamics. We don’t know much about it yet, but McLaren provided a few valuable hints about the car that’s often referred to as the 570LT. Let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the most extreme Sports Series model ever built.
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The Full-Scale McLaren 720S Made Out of Legos is at the Petersen Automotive Musem
The 1:1 scale LEGO McLaren 720S remains the most incredible automotive LEGO creation we’ve seen, and now, you get the chance to see it up close at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. We first saw the incredible creation at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed last June. Now, it’s made the trip to the U.S. where fans helped complete its build.
McLaren Teases Hardcore 570S; It Could Be Called the 600LT
2018 McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition
The McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition is a one-off creation that was designed to pay homage to the F1 GTR cars of the 1990s; with a recreation of the Gulf Racing colors that were worn by the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail race car. There aren’t any serious performance upgrades, but MSO gave this 675LT the full interior and exterior treatment.
Someone Brutally Destroyed a McLaren 720S and Left it for Dead
It seems like once a week there’s some idiot in a supercar trying to be a hero. Usually, it results in destroying said supercar along with plenty of other property too. Such things can easily rack up $1 million or more in damages. On the plus side, we usually get to see a video of said idiot trying to be a hero. That isn’t the case today, but we do get to see the aftermath and all we can say is “WOW.” Apparently, someone needs to McLaren one hell of a thank you letters as the Monocage II structure definitely saved their lives.
What actually happened seems to be a bit of a mystery, but the drive was obviously hauling ass and, apparently, narrowly missed ending up in a deep ravine. One side of the car is at least recognizable while the flipping of the car literally sheered the passenger side door and one of the wheels right from the car. Believe it or not, the passengers walked away, although they probably had some pretty thick brown stains in their undergarments.
One other thing to point out is what the hell is going on with the rest of the supercars on the scene? Do they all have a radar for this kind of thing? It’s like all of the other supercar drivers in the area just had to show up and look at what their future might be if they don’t keep all four on the pavement. It’s like a makeshift funeral for a 720S that’s had a better day. In fact, there’s more supercars and supercar owners than police on the scene. Just what the hell is going in in Las Vegas?
For what it’s worth, the passengers of the car turned up at a local hospital with minor injuries that includes scrapes, cuts, and bruises. But, the point is, there was no serious injury. That just speaks volume towards how well the 720S is built. And, while it’s sad to see another McLaren come to an early death, it’s pretty cool to see just how well they are really built. For those of you who happen to own a supercar, this is why you drive them at full girth on the track. Don’t do it on the road, even in the middle of the desert. And, if you do, please make sure someone is recording so we can see it happen and not just the aftermath.
McLaren Pops The Champagne with 5,000 Sold Units in North America
Business is good for McLaren these days, at least as far as sales achievements are concerned. On the heels of posting its best-ever sales year in 2017 with 3,340 units, the British supercar brand has unlocked a new achievement: it just sold its 5,000th unit in North America. The 5,000th car is a Silica White McLaren 570S Spider that was purchased by Dr. Gary Leach of California this past week.
McLaren’s 570S Spider Design Edition Models Are Ready to Take Your Money
McLaren’s MSO personalization division is arguably the busiest customization unit in the auto industry these days. Proving that there’s no rest for the weary, the British automaker is now offering a series of special edition McLaren 570S Spiders under the Design Edition lineup. A total of five 570S Spider Design Editions are now available, each coming with a unique look that allows for proper differentiation among the five models. If you’re familiar with the past use of the Design Edition name on the 570S Coupe, this new release is all about giving love to its droptop sibling.
Canada Scores Big as McLaren Gives it Its Own McLaren 570S MSO
Canada isn’t the first country you think of that gets a fair amount of exclusive special editions. For whatever reason, that distinction probably goes to Japan. But the Great White North gets its fair share, and the latest one is this bespoke beauty from McLaren’s MSO customization division. It’s called the McLaren 570S Spider Canada Commission, and it’s limited to just five units.