McLaren has joined the club of Ferrari and Porsche in making cars that are fully-fledged supercars but specifically tuned for every day driving. The model dubbed the 2017 McLaren 570 GT is specifically designed to provide ultimate luxury. Unlike the hardcore 570 S on which it is based, the 570 GT is targeted to those buyers looking for a supercar they can use daily even to go to work. Read along to find out more:
2017 McLaren 570 GT Exterior
The exterior look is similar to that of the 570 S. Since its engine is located at the rear, the trunk is located at the front. As such, instead of a hood, we have a front trunk lid which comes with strong crease lines which streamline airflow over the fenders. To further improve its aerodynamics, aero blades below the model’s bumper are angled to create an area of high pressure just ahead of radiators.
On the sides, the model still comes with the stylish dihedral doors and smaller air intakes on the rear fenders. To differentiate the model from its siblings, McLaren has used body-colored door inserts.
The rear is where much has changed. The automaker has replaced the conventional, top-hinged tail-gate with a side-hinged glass hatch. The designers reasoned that a conventional one would have forced them to use an obstructive gas strut. The new arrangement also reduces chances of one accidentally touching the hot exhaust. One can also reach the trunk from the inside by folding the seats forward. This feature affected the vehicle’s aerodynamics and the automaker had to add a slightly taller rear spoiler (10 mm more) compared to the 570 S to recover the aerodynamics.
The grille has been slightly revised but other features are similar to those of the 570 S. It rides on 15-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. One can also opt for the P Zero Corsa tires.
At 178.34 inches long, 82.48 inches wide and 47.28 inches tall, the model matches the 570 S. The model’s wheelbase spans 105.11 inches just like the 570 S. It has a curb weight of 2,976 lbs.
2017 McLaren 570 GT Interior
On the inside, the model looks identical to the 570 S. Just like the 570 S, the 570 GT features a new fixed glass panoramic sunroof which is composed of 18% transmission tint. Further, the roof features a Sound and Solar Film which absorbs solar radiation and acts as an extra insulation. The model is also equipped with an upgraded dual-zone climate control system.
Well, the most interesting feature is its rear storage compartment. Since the model engine is situated at the rear, you may assume there is no rear cargo compartment but surprisingly the automaker has placed it above the engine bay. The compartment which is christened the “Touring Deck” is accessed by opening the side-opening glass hatch discussed above. The compartment is covered in leather and has a whole 7.8 cubic feet of space. In total, the sports car offers 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space since the front cargo compartment adds 5.3 cubic feet of storage space which a lot for a sports car.
To set the cabin apart from its siblings, the automaker has added a McLaren Audio Plus sound system which features 8 speakers, a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system is offered as an option. Due to a modified exhaust system, the cabin is quieter than that of its siblings. There is also an option to customize the interior with either Sport or Luxury specs.
Other features of the 570S remain. They include an infotainment system with a touch-screen display, a TFT for the instrument cluster, carbon-fiber inserts and sports seats which are upholstered in premium leather; the seats are also heated and are 8-way power adjustable.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the 570 GT packs some awesome amount of power. The juice comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.8L, V-8 which produces 562 horses and 443 lb-ft of torque. The juice is channeled to the rear wheels via a 7-speed, dual clutch transmission system. Due to its 81 lbs heavier curb weight, the model is a bit slower than the 570 S.
It runs from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds which is 2 tenths slower than the 570 S. However, the 570 GT has a similar top speed of 204 mph. Just like the 570 S, the 570GT features Normal, Sport and Track modes. The Normal mode is specifically tuned suit long-distance drives.
In terms of fuel economy, the model is rated at 16 mpg city, 23 mpg on highway and 19 mpg on combined drive.
Price and release date
The McLaren does not come cheap even though it’s an everyday-use supercar. You will have to part with a whopping $ 199,850 which is $ 14,950 more than its sibling, the 570 S.
The model will go on sale starting this July (2016). There are reports that there will be a cheaper version of the model based on the 540 C but it will be sold only in Europe.
The 2017 McLaren 570 GT is not the only supercar you can rush to your grocery store or to your sport club in. The likes of the Ferrari California T and the Porsche 911 Turbo are also specifically made for everyday driving needs and will be the biggest rivals to the McLaren 570GT.