Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: McLaren | posted February 26, 2016 10:37
McLaren blends luxury and practicality in the 570GT
The third model of McLaren's Sport Series lineup has been revealed ahead of its slated debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Called the 570GT, McLaren described the car as their most luxurious and practical model to date thanks to an airy cabin, use of high quality materials and additional cargo space at the back.
Beginning with its exterior, it features similar styling cues from both the 570S Coupe and 540C. According to the automaker, the front fascia shares its design with the former with its arrow-like finish. It also has an aerodynamic bodykit that directs air over and below the 570GT's bodywork.
Towards the side, it gets distinct character lines, air intakes for the mid-mounted engine and a staggered wheel setup. The front axle sits on 19-inch alloys while the rear axle gets 20-inch alloys. Both sets are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires as standard. Those that prefer more bang for their buck can get the optional Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
The rear has McLaren's signature LED taillights, aluminum fenders, diffuser-integrated bumper and dual exhaust pipes. As mentioned earlier, it has an additional cargo space at the back that can hold up to 220 liters of luggage. It is accessible via the side-opening glass hatch.
Dimension-wise, the 570GT measures 4,530mm long, 2,095mm wide, 1,201mm tall and has a 2,670mm wheelbase.
Aboard, the 570GT has leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated seats with memory function, electronic telescopic steering column and better NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) properties. Compared to the first two Sport Series models, the 570GT has a quieter exhaust for a more refined ride quality. In terms of entertainment, it gets an 8-speaker McLaren Audio Plus system as standard though there is the option of having it fitted with a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system.
Powering the 570GT is the familiar 3.8-liter twin-turbo M838TE V8 that churns out 570 PS at 7500 rpm along with a torque pull of 600 Nm available at 5000 – 6500 rpm. It is then mated to a 7-speed Sequential Shift Gearbox (SSG) that allows the car to go from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Top speed is rated at 328 km/h.
In further emphasizing its practicality and grand tourer finish, it has softer suspension setup and adjustable dampers that can be set for Normal, Sport and Track.
It will be revealed in the metal at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on March 3, 2016.