Did we mention it's insanely cool?
Anyone who thought McLaren was simply going to the launch the 570S and call it a day was sorely mistaken. Just ahead of its official debut next week at Geneva, McLaren has revealed the 570GT. Along with the 540C (which isn't available in the US), the 570GT is the third model in the Sports Series lineup. But unlike the 570S, the 570GT is geared towards everyday usability. In fact, the UK supercar builder claims the 570GT is the "most luxurious and refined of any McLaren to date." How so?
For starters, it features a side-opening rear glass hatch that offers an additional 220 liters of storage space. Oh, and there's leather everywhere inside. That storage area, called the Touring Deck, is even leather-lined. Clearly then, McLaren intends for the 570GT to be just that: a proper grand tourer with every day usability. And then there's McLaren's own secret sauce: that familiar and wonderful 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. Output remains unchanged at 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Also as with the 570S, all of that power goes directly to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. And because this thing is for proper long distance road trips, McLaren has made a few adjustments.
Most notably, the suspension system has been fine-tuned by reducing spring rate stiffness by 15 percent at the front and 10 percent at the rear. The independent adaptive dampers can also be dynamically adjusted through Normal, Sport, and Track settings, and they're also linked up with anti-roll bars front and rear.
And get this: in conjunction with Pirelli, McLaren developed a bespoke set of P Zero tires featuring the Pirelli Noise Cancelling System for an even more refined ride. Exterior differences? Along with that side-opening glass hatch, there's a new aero package that includes an extended fixed spoiler. And here's what makes the 570GT totally unique: its glass Panoramic Roof, which "provides a bright, open cabin with a dramatic glasshouse design running through to the large rear glass hatch." Worried about getting sunburned? Don't be, because the roof is treated with 18 percent transmission tint (same glass as used in the P1) which absorbs solar radiation.
It even provides additional noise insulation. Due to the additional heat from that massive glass area, cabin temperatures are regulated and maintained by an enhanced dual-zone a/c system. There's a two-stage "Auto" and "Auto Lo" (sic) auto function allowing for desired temperatures. The latter even sets the speed of the fans to minimize cabin noise. Pricing will start at 154,000 pounds in the UK, and we'll have even more details for you next week from Geneva.