Touted as the most luxurious, refined and practical McLaren built to date, the McLaren 570GT will sit alongside the 570S and 540C coupes – and an already confirmed 570S Spider due to be unveiled in 2017 – in the British company’s ‘entry level’ performance tier.
Based on the same ‘modified for comfort’ MonoCell II carbon-fibre chassis as the 570S – and clearly borrowing much in terms of styling – the 1350kg (dry) 570GT features the same 420kW/600Nm mid-engined twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 and seven-speed paddle-shifted transmission as the $379,000 super sports car.
The 570GT also continues McLaren’s use of its signature dihedral scissor-style doors, but they have been tweaked to provide a more upward arc to aid ingress and egress.
According to McLaren, the new two-seat 570GT is not only “practical enough for everyday use”, it is in fact, “...the most refined and road-biased McLaren yet.”
Designed with day-to-day usability and long-distance touring comfort at the forefront, the latest McLaren supercar rides on specially-tuned suspension – with 15 and 10 per cent reduced spring rates front and rear respectively – as well as bespoke ‘noise cancelling’ Pirelli P Zero tyres – claimed to reduce in-cabin road noise by up to three decibels.
Luxury focus aside, and despite its additional 37kg over the 570S, the 570GT claims 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds, 0-200km/h in 9.8s, a top speed of 328km/h and a quarter mile time of 11.1s.
And while the 570GT retains McLaren’s independent adaptive dampers – which can be varied between ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ settings - the UK brand claims the supercar can return fuel consumption figures of 10.7 litres per 100km.
The biggest difference compared with the 570S, however, along with a fixed glass panoramic roof, is a handy glass hatch that provides access to 220 litres of storage space atop the 570GT’s leather-lined rear ‘touring deck’.
Framed in carbon-fibre, McLaren says the side-opening hatch “opens on the kerbside whether left- or right-hand drive”. The 150-litre front cargo space seen on both the 570S and 540C, carries over unchanged.
Unique to the 570GT, though, is a new extended and fixed rear spoiler that stands 10mm taller than that fitted to the back of the Sports Series coupes, and iron brake discs (370mm front/350mm rear) with four-piston calipers front and rear. The new ‘grand tourer’ also rides on model-specific 15-spoke cast alloy wheels, measuring 19 inches in diameter up front, and 20 inches out back.
Cementing the new model’s luxury theme are standard eight-way electrically adjustable heated leather sports seats, an ‘easy entry/exit’ electric steering column, front and rear parking sensors, and a quieter exhaust system compared with that of the 570S.
Soft-close doors - as seen on some high-end German marques and the Hyundai Genesis – have also been added.
The 570S’s optional eight-speaker McLaren audio plus system is standard equipment on the 570GT, though, a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system is optionally available.
McLaren Automotive global public relations manager Dave Eden told CarAdvice, local pricing for the McLaren 570GT will start at $406,800 – $27,800 up on the 570S – with global deliveries set to start from July.
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