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If you’ve seen the outcome of eCoty 2018 in the February issue of evo India, you’ll know that we don’t feel the 592bhp 600LT needs much more power. However, Hennessey Performance thinks otherwise, as it has announced 700bhp, 800bhp and 1000bhp tuning packages for the already blisteringly fast McLaren 600LT, the most powerful of which it claims results in a 0-100kmph time of just over 2 seconds.
Entry point to the tuned 600LT experience is the 700bhp ‘HPE700’ package, which the tuner says delivers 708bhp and 861Nm, thanks to high-flow air filters, re-calibration of the factory Engine Control Unit and a custom Hennessey stainless steel exhaust system. According to Hennessey the car can accelerate from 0-100kmph in just over 2.5 secs and can cover the quarter mile in 10.5 secs at 223kmph.
Next up is the 805bhp, 979Nm ‘HPE800’ package, which helps the 600LT eclipse the power output of the GBP750,000+ ( Rs 6.94 crore +, excluding Indian taxes and duties) Senna. Similar modifications to the HPE700 package can be found under the engine cover, but with the factory turbo and intercooler systems require ‘modification’ to bring it to the 800bhp mark. 0-100kmph is cracked in just over 2.3secs, while the quarter mile is completed in 10.1 secs at 232kmph
The most powerful package, the 1001bhp, 1172Nm ‘HPE1000’ upgrade, takes the 600LT from 0-100kmph in a staggering 2.1secs and allows it to cover the quarter mile in just 9.6secs at 251kmph. As you might imagine, quite significant modification is required to get the car to this level. There’s an aftermarket ECU from Motec, Hennessey turbo headers, upgraded turbos, a high-flow wastegate system, reinforced gearbox, Hennessey stainless steel exhaust, a new intercooler system and, of course, the crucial HPE1000 badges. Unlike the other two packages, Hennessey doesn’t provide a warranty with the HPE1000 upgrade. Hmmm.
Whether or not such power is necessary in the McLaren 600LT, we’re not sure, but if you have one sitting in your garage and your goal is to cover the quarter mile in less time than a Bugatti Veyron, you now know where to go.