You don’t have to be a Formula 1 racer to enjoy the purr of a powerful machine. After two decades, the fourth of the McLaren ‘Longtail’ series – the 600LT – has just been launched. And boy are we in for a treat.

What did the Longtail entail?

The new McLaren launch took place at a setting that’s as unlikely as it can get for a high profile sports car in Singapore (given that the previous launch of the 720S took place at Marina Bay Sands): a grungy, off-the-grid warehouse known as the former Pasir Panjang power station.

But isn’t it supposed to be this way? That exquisite, limited edition automotive productions are poised misleadingly low-key, rather than given the red carpet treatment?

You don’t really see open houses to a caped crusader’s man cave, if that puts things in perspective.

But enough talking, and more ogling.

The Mclaren 600LT takes after its legendary racing predecessor, the McLaren F1 GTR race car: built to reign on race circuits and roads alike. The 600LT stayed true to its name by having its carbon fibre body 74mm longer.

A whopping 96kg is slashed, thanks to the lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis. It is also due to this uniquely McLaren chassis that improved the aerodynamics of the 600LT.

Twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engines will overdose you on the mad anticipation and the adrenaline to come.

It’s F1 season but you get to live your own Grand Prix any day by sliding into this racing interior: lightweight Alcantara trim and even lighter Carbon Fibre racing seats.

The track-ready Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres will take you wherever you want to go – while you brim with serious cool guy vibes.

Those distinctive top-exit exhausts you see not only look like futuristic jet packs and help with the weight loss, but they ramp up the raw, aural experience for the drivers. Wonder why the rev of the 600LT sounds so ‘eargasmically
‘ good? If you were to think about it, the exhausts are purring directly behind the driver, rather than at the bottom of the rear end where they are traditionally placed.

Oh, and FYI, they spit out flames too.

Hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England, McLaren sports cars are nothing short of artisanal. The supercar will strictly be in production for only 12 months.

In other words, being the fourth of the legendary LT series, it is extremely exclusive. 

The McLaren 600LT is expected to start selling in Singapore sometime in late December this year. We heard it’d make a great Christmas gift.

Keep your eyes peeled and ears perked for the arrival of the latest ‘Longtail’ luminary.