McLaren launches its most practical and luxurious model yet, the 570GT.
Ahead of its full Geneva motor show reveal next month, McLaren has released the first images and details of the 570GT. It’s the third in the company’s new Sports Series model range, joining the 540C and 570S, offering more usable luggage space and luxuriously-trimmed interior for improved touring ability.
Although it’s based around the same architecture as the regular 570S, the new McLaren 570GT makes clever use of the space above the engine, which it calls the ‘Touring Deck’. This leather-lined shelf is accessible through the side-hinged rear glass panel, which offers a surprisingly useful 220 litres of storage space. This panel can be hinged on either side, meaning it’ll be useful for both left and right-hand drive countries.
The front of the car is pretty much identical to the 570S, retaining the 130-litre stowage space as well as McLaren’s dihedral doors. The interior of the 570GT has been significantly improved too, with more comfortable seats, higher-quality materials and a panoramic sunroof to let in more light.
Other changes to the formula include revised suspension settings, reducing the spring rates by 15 per cent ant the front and ten per cent at the rear, with the goal of improving ride quality over rough roads – something the McLaren is already praised for. The adaptive system, which allows the driver to select Normal, Sport and Track driving modes remains too. The steering has also been tweaked slightly, with two per cent lower ratio, which is said to ‘smooth out’ driver inputs at higher speeds.
Under the skin it’s underpinned by the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine and seven-speed transmission as the 570S, meaning that the GT still has 562bhp and 443lb ft on tap.
All this adds up to a car that McLaren claims is much more suited to longer journeys and weekends away. Prices for the McLaren 570GT will start from £154,000 in the UK, and the first deliveries are set to start in late 2016.