Preview: McLaren 570GT

McLaren Automotive will showcase its largest selection of models to date at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, featuring the latest model in the recently-launched Sports Series – the McLaren 570GT. Practical enough for everyday use, the two-seat, mid-engined 570GT is the most refined and road-biased McLaren yet. Designed with a focus on day-to-day usability and long distance comfort, it offers increased levels of practicality while remaining a true McLaren sports car.

The McLaren 570GT joins the 570S Coupe and 540C Coupe as the third model in the recently announced Sports Series family. The clean lines of the revised glasshouse give the 570GT a sleek and refined silhouette – the second of three bodystyles which will eventually complete the Sports Series. A panoramic glass roof provides a bright, open cabin, which extends through the large rear glass hatch to create a luxurious and relaxing driving environment. Craftsmanship throughout the interior of the 570GT is of the highest level, upholstered and specified with quality materials and the latest technologies throughout.

The 570GT is the most practical model ever launched by McLaren Automotive, targeted towards longer journeys and weekends away. As with all Sports Series models, ingress and egress are optimized through a lower and narrower door sill, while the signature dihedral doors open with a more upward arc. Within the ergonomically-optimized cabin, a pair of eight-way electrically adjustable sports seats is upholstered in high quality leather as standard. The control interface for the air conditioning, infotainment, and navigation systems are managed through the centrally-mounted touchscreen, while vehicle setup parameters can be viewed on the TFT instrument cluster.

The standard fixed glass panoramic roof glass is treated with 18 percent transmission tint – the same as the glass roof of the McLaren P1 – and also features SSF (Sound & Solar Film) to absorb solar radiation while providing additional noise insulation. With the increased glass area of the 570GT, cabin temperatures are regulated and maintained by an enhanced dual-zone air conditioning system. This system allows fully automatic and independent settings for both passenger and driver. A two-stage Automatic function – ‘Auto’ and ‘Auto Lo’ – allows a desired temperature to be obtained, with the latter setting limiting speed of the fans to minimize noise within the cabin.

The front luggage area remains unchanged from the 570S Coupe at 150 litres of space, while the 570GT adds a further 220 litres of storage on the leather-lined Touring Deck. This area is accessed via the side opening glass hatch, and brings total storage capacity of the 570GT to 370 litres. The glass hatch opens on the curbside (whether left-hand or right-hand drive) and is framed by carbon fiber, which provides significant torsional rigidity.

Refinement and day-to-day usability are further enhanced through the latest tire technology from McLaren Automotive technical partner, Pirelli. The 570GT features specially developed Pirelli P ZeroTM tires which reduce in-cabin road noise by up to three decibels thanks to the innovative Pirelli Noise Cancelling System (PNCS): a new technology patented by Pirelli for reducing road noise.

As with all models in the Sports Series, the 570GT is extensively equipped with the latest technologies and the highest quality materials. As standard, the 570GT features a Nappa Design leather interior, electrically adjustable heated seats with memory function, leather interior headlining, electric steering column, front and rear parking sensors, soft close doors, nose lift, and a quieter exhaust system compared to the 570S Coupe. Lightweight noise absorbing and damping materials are used to line the Touring Deck and bulkhead, further enhancing the level of refinement within the cabin.

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Available from launch are a range of ‘By McLaren’ designer interior specifications, designed to demonstrate the breadth of personalization available. As with the 570S Coupe, these are available in a choice of Luxury or Sport configurations. These configurations are designed to showcase the interior design and compliment the exterior color choices.

The eight-speaker McLaren Audio Plus system is fitted as standard. This system – optional on the 570S Coupe – includes two 100mm mid / bass drive units adding to the clarity and depth of the sound, and two 25mm tweeters in the rear of the cabin which balance the sound to ensure the occupants have a greater sense of immersion. A 12- speaker Bowers & Wilkins system is also available re-tuned to the different interior acoustics of the 570GT. The system comprises of five 25mm aluminium Nautilus tweeters, five 100mm Kevlar® mid-range drive units and two 200mm carbon fiber & Rohacell bass subwoofers. All speakers are driven by a fully digital 14-channel 1280W Class D amplifier.

Under the skin, the 570GT has been developed with its own unique setup to reflect its position in the Sports Series range, while retaining the supercar levels of engagement experienced on the 570S Coupe. Sharing the newly developed suspension system with the other models in the Sports Series, the 570GT emphasizes long distance comfort through a reduction in the spring rates – 15 percent at the front and 10 percent at the rear. Independent adaptive dampers can be dynamically adjusted through Normal, Sport and Track settings, and are coupled to front and rear anti-roll bars.

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The overall setup of the 570GT has been calibrated to enhance road and motorway driving, and aid ride quality over poor road surfaces. The electro-hydraulic steering system is retained from the 570S Coupe, but with a two percent reduced ratio that smoothens driver inputs at high speed.

The 570GT is fitted with the McLaren-developed 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 M838TE engine which debuted in the 570S Coupe. Power and torque remain at 562 hp (570PS) and 443 lb ft (600 Nm). Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless- shift transmission, and features adjustment through Normal, Sport and Track settings to produce a rewarding and engaging driving experience. These settings include bespoke gearchange calibrations from comfort (Normal mode), Cylinder Cut (Sport mode) and Inertia Push (Track mode) technologies all available. As with all models in the McLaren Automotive range, the McLaren 570GT is factory-filled with Mobil 1 New LifeTM 0W-40.

The revised design of the 570GT sees the glasshouse with clean and sleek lines leading to the rear of the car. With the side-opening Glass Hatch and increased luggage area, the 570GT features a unique aerodynamic package, including an extended fixed rear spoiler – 10mm taller than that fitted to the Coupe models – designed to offer the same levels of aerodynamic performance as the distinctive flying buttresses on the 570S Coupe.

The front end design of the 570GT is shared with that of the 570S Coupe. The design separates the airflow above and below the bodywork, and along each flank. As seen on the other models in the Sports Series, the bonnet features strong crease lines which optimize airflow over the front fenders and into the side air intakes. Aero Blades below the front bumper are angled to produce an area of high pressure ahead of the low temperature radiators.

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First introduced on the iconic McLaren F1, the 570GT features distinctive dihedral doors, which open upwards and outwards to aid ingress and egress from the cabin. Body-colored door inserts, unique to the 570GT, create a more subtle side profile and further differentiate the 570GT from the 570S.

As with all McLaren models since the introduction of the MP4-1 Formula 1TM car in 1981, the 570GT uses a carbon fiber chassis. The MonoCell II debuted in the 570S Coupe, and is shared across the Sports Series models. Weighing just 75 kg, the lightweight yet extremely stiff chassis contributes to a dry weight of 1,350 kg. This provides breathtaking performance more commonly seen in the supercar segment: 0- 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 328 km/h. Despite supercar performance figures, there have been no sacrifices to the everyday drivability and practicality of the 570GT .

The latest model in the Sports Series is fitted with a lightweight braking system. Set up with a greater focus on road driving, the system includes iron discs (front 370mm x 32mm / rear 350mm x 30mm) with four-piston calipers front and rear. In front of these sit a set of unique 15-spoke alloy wheels – 19-inch front, 20-inch rear. The newly- designed wheels are fitted exclusively with Pirelli P ZeroTM tires as standard, while a more performance-focused P ZeroTM Corsa option is also available.

The 570GT arrives in Canada in late 2016.