McLaren 570GT: A $200,000 Supercar for the Modern Man
While we were busy salivating over images of the forthcoming McLaren 650S GT3 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the British automaker slyly announced that it had more refined developments to reveal that week as well. After proclaiming plans to expand its Sports Series family of cars during the Geneva motor show in March with the unveiling of a new trim line, the automaker promptly released images of something it likes to call the 570GT.
Joining forces with the 570S and 540C, this latest supercar is being heralded as the most “road-biased” coupe from the automaker yet. McLaren claims this latest model has been carefully designed and engineered from the ground up for long-distance comfort, all while still offering the breathtaking performance we have all come to expect.
Much like the other vehicles in the Sport Series, the 570GT offers a cabin that is easier to access and exit in comparison to the brand’s Super and Ultimate Series models. Having said that, the GT does have some other distinct advantages over the other two models in the Sport Series, as it is the only one that totes around a side folding rear hatch, which supposedly accounts for an additional eight cubic feet of storage space. Add on the fact that the supercar’s front trunk features five more cubes of stow space, and you’ve got a dream machine that doubles as a pack mule.
Niceties inside the cabin include a fixed glass roof equipped with sound and solar insulation, dual-zone climate controls, leather seats, navigation, and more opulence than a banquet ball at the Queen’s court. Tech-wise, the 570GT comes loaded with parking sensors, an electric steering column with both entry and exit functions, and a 1,280-watt sound system, complete with a subwoofer and a British sense of entitlement.
On the performance end of things, the 570GT sports McLaren’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, which churns out around 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed transmission can be adjusted via a drive mode selector so that owners can utilize normal, sport, and track settings. This car is no slouch either; while hitting 60 can be done in under 3.5 seconds, 120 is easily surpassed in less than 10.
In order to offer road warriors a more cushy ride, McLaren took the suspension on the 570 and softened it by 15% in the front and 10% in rear. The car’s electro-hydraulic steering system was also reportedly recalibrated in order to offer smoother driver inputs in case a rookie jerk of the wheel occurs. The GT also gets 14.5-inch rotors in the front and 13.7- inch version out back, and runs on a set of Pirelli P-Zero tires, which wrap around forged 19-inch wheels out front, and 20-inch rims in the rear.
While it may not be as “moderately priced” as the long awaited Acura NSX, there is a place on the street for a car like this even if it is still pretty impractical on most accounts. McLaren has begun to capitalize upon the fact that there are many ways of appealing to the world’s elite, and maybe the 570GT is just one of the many rungs it has in place along the supercar ladder. Who knows, with Ferrari making all-wheel drive hot hatches nowadays, maybe something along those lines could be next for the British automaker.
Slated for sale sometime in late 2016, the McLaren 570GT will start at around $198,950 and can be built out from there. I say we all chip in and buy a few for some croquet-filled weekend picnics in the Hamptons, who’s with me?