2021 McLaren 600LT Spider Review: Expected Price, Release Date, MPG and Performance

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John Bedrow 

Automotive Journalist

August 6, 2020  at 10:45 AM

McLaren 600 LT is the most hardcore offering from their entry-level sports series. There are two variants on offer, one is the regular McLaren 600 LT coupe and the other is the McLaren 600 LT Spider, both of them are very much identical to each other than the fact that the 600 LT Spider gets a retractable roof.

According to McLaren, the 600 LT is the most intoxicating and brutally pugnacious sports series model, and the 2021 model is no less. The first-ever McLaren was introduced in 1992 which gave birth to the F1, which later evolved into F1 GTR LT, and the same LT badge has been carried over to the McLaren 600. The LT (Long Tail) title is the ethos of McLaren’s ultimate performance and other than the 600LT, only 3 cars have been enthroned with LT badge, the 675 LT Hardtop, and the Spider from 2015 and the upcoming 765 LT, this what makes this car damn special.

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The 2021 model year churns out 592 horses and 443 lb-ft of torque. Like always, the 600 LT spider has only one variant on offer with a cornucopia of customizations on offer. The 600 LT is the shredded version of the 570s, If 570s was Level 50, then the 600 LT is the boss fight and that’s how brutal it is. With more horsepower than the 570s along with a 220 pounds lighter body makes it blast off like a rocket ship.

Rivals of the 600 LT Spider include Lamborghini Huracan Spider and Ferrari 488 Spider. The 488 Spider is one such car that screams all show and all go with looks that match its striking performance. The Huracan however would be all show and less go variant as the roof mechanism increases the weight which takes a hit on its performance. McLaren is the most track-focused car which is suitable for track only with overkill characteristics for roads.

What's New in the 2021 McLaren 600LT Spider?

The 2021 Model year remains exactly the same as its previous model year, the car has already been engineered to perfection and hardly needs any changes

2021 McLaren 600LT Spider Expected Price and Release Date

The official price of the McLaren 600 LT Spider is listed at around $256,500 and the manufacturer has only made a few of them available for sale which sold out like hotcakes. However, McLaren has promised to make more units for 2021, and these are rumored to be available at the first quarter of 2021, due to more production, the price might also drop substantially making it less exclusive.

What's under the hood of the 2021 McLaren 600LT Spider?

The sweet-sounding free-revving 3.8L Twin-turbocharged V-8 engine is a gem, and the same is expected to be carried over for the 2021 model year. Although the car is road legal, it is best suitable for short journeys, like taking it to the track and coming back home. 

Models

2021 McLaren 600 LT Spider

2020 Ferrari 488 Spider

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Spider

MSRP

$256,500

$280,900

$287,400

Engine

3.8-Liter Twin-turbocharged V-8

3.9-Liter Twin-turbocharged V-8

5.2- Liter Naturally Aspirated V-10

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

592 @ 5500

661 hp @ 8,000 m

631hp @8,250

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

457 @ 5500

561 lb·ft @ 3,000 

471lb-ft @6,500

The 600 LT is the lightest car in the segment which also makes it the fastest due to its laudable power to weight ratio. Lamborghini however, despite having a massive V-10 under the hood is the slowest in the segment due to its heavyweight

How quick is the 2021 McLaren 600LT Spider?

In short, blisteringly quick, in fact, it is the fastest in its segment burning up all its competition into ashes. The already fast 570s is recreated as the 600 LT with a 220-pound weight cut off and at the same time having almost similar makes this car neck-breaking quick. Moreover, its outright acceleration is so quick that it competes against LaFerrari which is Hypercar territory.

Models

2021 McLaren 600LT Spider

2020 Ferrari 488 Spider

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Spider

0-60 MPH

2.9 sec

3 sec

3.2

Quarter mile

10.4

10.45 sec

10.6 sec

Top Speed

204 MPH

205 MPH

202 MPH

Engine

3.8-Liter Twin-turbocharged V-8

3.9-Liter Twin-turbocharged V-8

5.2- Liter Naturally Aspirated V-10

Being the lightest, the 600 LT flies past its competition with no hesitation whatsoever, however, the McLaren being a track-focused car is able to achieve numbers which are almost similar to its competition whereas, on the other hand, its rivals like the Lamborghini is able to deliver almost the same performance by being both road-friendly and track friendly as well.

How well does the 2021 McLaren 600LT Spider handle?

The 600 LT drives like butter on track, its seemingly endless grips make us want to push the car to its limits. The 570s already performs great, but once experiencing the 600 LT around corners, the 570s feels like it's struggling. The top exit exhaust reduces unwanted bulk for an exhaust system which provides room for the massive rear diffuser, this diffuser creates low pressure under the car and the rear spoiler produces a massive downforce which results in the car sucking itself into the ground, the car goes like a juggernaut around corners.

Although being road legal, the handling characteristics are just overkill for regular roads, being a hydraulic system, the steering offers that right amount of feel and feedback, nothing is overdone and feels just right. The exhaust, even at 30MPH screams into your ears. The ride is horrendous, forget wheel well liner, you don’t even get carpets on the floor, so you can hear every single rock and gravel hitting under its surface.

How many miles to the gallon does the 2021 McLaren 600 LT deliver?

The following table gives us the mileage figures for the 2020 model year, and the fuel estimates for the 2021 model year are most likely to be the same.

Model

2021 McLaren 600 LT Spider

2020 Ferrari 488 Spider

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Spider

MPG (City)

19

27

13

MPG (Highway)

23

32

19

MPG (Combined)

16

29

15

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.8

14

21.1

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

237/348/252

378/448/406

274/422/379

Porsche being equally focused on the daily driving experience and track experience offers the most mileage on offer and although Lamborghini is focused on the same, it tends to offer the least mileage into the lot. The McLaren, however, being the most track-focused sits right in between the Lamborghini and Porsche

What to expect from the Interiors of the 2021 McLaren 600 LT?

The interiors of the 600 LT feel very compact, once you sit inside the car feels way smaller on the inside than on the outside, but don’t get us wrong, there is ample amount of space for 2 passengers to sit in. The interiors are very gorgeous and the craftsmanship shouts attention to detail and everything feels solid and well put together. The Alcantara leather option elevates the overall feel to another level. 

Models

2021 McLaren 600 LT Spider

2020 Ferrari 488 Spider

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Spider

Seating Capacity

2

5

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.2/53.4/43.9

38/57.9/41.3

32.5/52.4/44

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

 

39.1/55.6/40.4

 

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

5.3

8.1

2.47

If you’re planning on a road trip in any of these cars you would need 3 of them each for carrying your necessary luggage. The Ferrari surprisingly provides the most boot space followed by McLaren and Lamborghini.

The 600 LT is bare bone and stripped as much as possible to reduce weight to such extremes that even air conditioning and audio system are to be equipped as an option (both available as no-cost option). However, despite being such an extreme car it does get few features like Cup holders and 3 USB ports

What about the Infotainment System of the 2021 Mclaren 600 LT Spider?

The screen size is pretty good and the resolution is crisp and clear even in broad daylight. The graphics are also extremely appealing and get an all-black theme that matches the sportiness of the car. For the 2021 model year, the interiors remain the same and don’t change.

 

The responsiveness however is very poor for a car at this price, the system feels laggy to use and might have to wait for a second or two for something to respond/pop-up. Its rivals offer a much more optimized infotainment system and feel much, much better to use. It is high time McLaren optimizes its system more efficiently.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 McLaren 600 LT?

The 2021 model year is expected to come with the exact same exterior design. The car looks almost similar to the 570s but with a bigger front grille. The smooth flowing lines and extremely slow slung body makes this car look like a pure track machine even without any description.

Models

2021 McLaren 600 LT Spider

2020 Ferrari 488 Spider

2020 Lamborghini Huracan Spider

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,749

3252

3399

Length (inches)

181.3

180

175.6

Width (inches)

76.0

77

75.8

Height (inches)

47.0

48

46.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

3.2

6.1

3.5

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

104

103.2

The McLaren it's the lowest slung car in the segment, many Ferrari owners lower their 488 Spider by an inch for a better experience and still the McLaren sits low with the longest wheelbase which makes it a corner craver. There is no car in the segment which is as track-focused as the McLaren which makes it so special.

Some of its attractive exterior features are

  • Top exit exhaust
  • 20" Forged Carbon Wheels
  • Dark Palladium aero blades and side skirts
  • Carbon Fiber front splitter
  • Carbon fiber rear diffuser
  • Heat resistant fixed rear wind spoiler

Will the 2021 McLaren 600 LT be worth my time and money?

To get it straight, the McLaren 600 LT Spider is against its whole purpose. The 600 LT was made to be a lighter 570s but the Spider version is 110 lbs heavier than the regular 600 LT which defeats the whole purpose of making this car which was meant to be a lighter version of the 570s. However, if you’re an extreme convertible lover then this would be one of the most extreme track machines you can buy, the extra 110 pounds takes a hit on its corner handling capabilities but the overall experience is nothing short of mind-numbing.

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