*NOW UPDATED WITH VIDEO* McLaren unveils its most road-biased model yet and the third addition to its Sport Series line-up, the 570GT
|Engine||Power||Torque||0-100kph||Top speed||Weight (dry)||Basic price|
|V8, Twin Turbo, 3799cc||562bhp @ 7,500rpm||600Nm (443lb ft) @ 5,000-6,500rpm||3.4secs||328kph||1350kg (416bhp/ton)||$214,300|
Images have now been unveiled of ‘the most road-biased McLaren yet’ ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut, the new 570GT. Sitting alongside the 570S and the 540C, the new 570GT is the third addition to McLaren’s Sport Series.
Although based primarily on the more performance-focused 570S, the new GT has been billed as the most luxurious and usable McLaren ever – hence the ‘Grand Touring’ name change – following a series of small alterations. The GT for instance uses the same suspension setup and adaptive dampers, though the latter have been softened – 15 per cent at the front, 10 per cent at the rear – for more pliable road comfort. The carbon-ceramic brakes meanwhile have been replaced with stainless steel, and the ratio for the electro-hydraulic steering rack has dropped by 2 per cent.
Aesthetic changes on outside include a convex glass rear engine cover, newly designed 15-spoke alloys, and a rear spoiler 10mm taller than any other Sport Series model. The ‘S’ flying buttresses are now gone, replaced with a leather lined luggage area that adds 220 litres of storage space to the 150 litres up front. The cabin meanwhile features new electrically adjustable heated seats, leather upholstery and a panoramic glass roof. There’s also a quieter exhaust system to further reduce cabin noise.
Altogether these additions to the new, ‘more luxurious’ McLaren have added 37kg to the 570S’ 1313kg kerb weight, although the 570GT is still capable of 0-100kph in 3.4 seconds, only two-tenths slower than the S. The seven-speed dual clutch transmission and 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 meanwhile remain unchanged, as do the 562bhp and 443lb ft of torque outputs.
Prices start from $214,300 – some $15K above the 570S – while a Spider version has already been mooted for release next year. Interestingly, McLaren already predicts that the 570GT will account for a quarter of its Sport Series sales when deliveries begin later this year.
Source – McLaren Automotive