McLaren’s New Pikes Peak Collection Was Born to Hill Climb
The 600LT Spiders were custom-made for the marque’s Denver outpost
The idea of working with McLaren Special Operations, the bespoke arm of the luxury automaker, seems like an overwhelming prospect. McLaren already puts a verging-on-insane level of detail into its sports cars, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, so how could your average joe improve upon that?
That didn’t stop McLaren Denver. The Colorado dealer commissioned six custom McLaren 600LT Spiders which were unveiled today under the moniker the Pikes Peak Collection.
The name is an allusion to “The Race to the Clouds,” otherwise known as the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a legendary annual race that began in 1916. The event is celebrated in both bold and subtle details, from the Pikes Peak logo embroidered in gold on the headrest to a gold and matte black stripe that runs down the middle to gold Speedline wheels. Make that gold and subtle details.
What about the power upgrades? Surely the horsepower was kicked up a notch? Maybe hill climb-specific tires were added? Actually, as Car and Driver notes, that was all left alone: “None receive any additional performance-enhancing tech — not that they need them, since they come with the same 592-HP twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine as the standard 600LT and 600LT Spider.”
OK, so the people who commissioned them were intimidated a little bit, mainly limiting the upgrades to aesthetics. But they didn’t stop at paint and stitching. Also included is the MSO Club Sport Pack, which features titanium wheel bolts, the carbon fiber racing seats from the much more exclusive (and expensive) McLaren Senna, as well as other carbon fiber additions.
“Six very lucky customers will be the proud owners of these amazing McLaren 600LT Spiders, and we can’t wait to see them on the road and on the track in Colorado,” said Mike Ward, owner of McLaren Denver.
How much will those proud owners be shelling out for these Pikes Peak customs? That hasn’t been disclosed, but feel free to give Mike a call.
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