McLaren 600LT Sets Nurburgring Lap Time (Sport Auto), Doesn't Match 720S

As is the case with Ferrari, McLaren doesn't like to deliver official Nurburgring lap times for its machines. Thus, we rely on third-party chronograph numbers for such adventures. And the 600LT has recently been tested by the most accurate independent source, German magazine Sport Auto.
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McLaren 600LT Sets Nurburgring Lap Time in Sport Auto TestMcLaren 600LT Sets Nurburgring Lap Time in Sport Auto TestMcLaren 600LT Sets Nurburgring Lap Time in Sport Auto Test
The 600 Longtail took 7:08.82 to blitz the Green Hell, with the said mag publishing the full lap video, as usual.

To put the stopwatch number of the 600LT into context, I'll mention this only appears to match the Ring time of the McLaren 720S. So while the Nordschleife numbers of the two Maccas are at the same level, the 720S uses Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber, while the 600LT came with the Trofeo R incarnation of the said tire, which is expected to bring an advantage of well over five seconds over the course of a Ring lap.

Surprisingly, the 600LT fell slightly behind the heavier, less powerful Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro, which saw the same driver, Christian Gebhardt, lapping the Nordschleife in 7:07.

Then again, both toys are left trailing in the wake of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS - while we don't have a Sport Auto time for the 520 hp Porscha, the manufacturer's 6:56 leads to the said conclusion.

Of course, numbers are just that when you're not a racing driver, so it's also important to check out the behavior of the vehicle, since this is what dictates one's life with the car.

Fortunately, the said video allows us to easily zoom in on the driving experience. And the only surprise seems to come from the slight understeer tendency in certain high-speed corners.

Of course, this is not something that a custom wheel/suspension setup or perhaps an aero update can't change.

And while we're talking LT models and the Nurburgring, I'll remind you that the Longtail version of the 720S, which is expected to wear the 750LT badge, has recently been spotted testing on the infamous German circuit.

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