A McLaren 570S with a trunk

Like the Super Series, which has included the 650S, 650S Spider, 675LT and a few other peripheral variants, McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series is set to expand well beyond the 2016 McLaren 570S and Euro-only 2016 McLaren 540C Coupes. Folding-hardtop Spider versions of both models are pretty much a given, but a more intriguing GT variant with enhanced luggage space was rumored ever since the Sports Series was announced. With the 2016 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, McLaren decided to put an end to all speculation and unveiled the 570GT.

McLaren pitches its Sports Series vehicles as ultra-fast, daily driver sports cars in vein of the Porsche 911 Turbo — something you’d keep in your garage next to a BMW or Mercedes-Benz and drive to work on Fridays or on weekend back-road blasts. The 570S GT retains those values, but it is better suited for long, continent-crushing drives, thanks to a revised cabin, elongated panoramic roof, and more luggage space behind the seats. The biggest surprise about this car is that it retains the two-seat configuration of the 570S. Initial rumors claimed that the GT will feature a 2+2 seating configuration, but it turns out that McLaren isn’t planning on selling a four-seat sports car yet.

Like the 570S and 540C Coupes, the GT is developed around McLaren’s MonoCell II carbon-fiber tub and uses the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine. McLaren confirmed that the 570GT will be sold in the U.S. as well, with deliveries to commence in late 2016. Keep reading for more info.

Updated 05/25/2016: McLaren dropped a series of new images taken during the 570GT’s media launch event on the island of Tenerife. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 McLaren 570GT.

  • 2017 McLaren 570GT
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7 Speed SSG
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    562 @ 7500
  • MPG(Cty):
    16
  • MPG(Hwy):
    23
  • Torque @ RPM:
    443 @ 5000
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    204 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    199850
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  • car segment:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.8/10

Exterior

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Design-wise, the 570GT shares most of its body panels with the 570S. The front end is actually identical, using the P1-inspired styling and aerodynamic design that separates the airflow above and below the bodywork, and along each flank. The trunk lid features strong crease lines which optimize airflow over the front fenders, while the aero blades below the bumper are angled to produce an area of high pressure ahead of the radiators.

The trunk lid features strong crease lines which optimize airflow over the front fenders

Similarities continue onto the sides with the distinctive dihedral doors, large side vents and smaller intakes atop the rear fenders. The only noticeable change compared to the 570S and 540C are the body-colored door inserts. These are unique to the 570GT and create a more subtle side profile. The side view also showcases a slightly different shape toward the rear thanks to the revised engine hood that now acts as a trunk lid.

The standard, vented hood has been replaced by a side-opening glass hatch

The standard, vented hood has been replaced by a side-opening glass hatch that bridges the gap between the panoramic glass roof and the deck lid. Although it looks less aggressive that the 570S, the 570GT is as sporty as any Porsche 911 out there, even without the 570S’ flying buttresses. However, this modification affected the car’s aerodynamics and McLaren had to add an extended rear spoiler that’s 10 mm taller than the one fitted to the Coupe models. McLaren says the new spoiler offers the same levels of aerodynamic performance as the flying buttresses on the 570S Coupe.

The revised deck lid also includes a new grille section, but other than that, the rear fascia is identical to the 570S’, including the taillights, the bumper, and the race-inspired diffuser. The 570S and 570GT are also identical as far as dimensions go.

Exterior Dimensions

Dry weight 2,976 LBS (1,350 KG)
Weight distribution 42 / 58
Length 4,530 MM (178.34 Inches)
Width 2,095 MM (82.48 Inches)
Height 1,201 MM (47.28 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,670 MM (105.11 Inches)

Interior

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The 570GT cabin received quite a few changes, so let’s start with that. First up, there’s the standard fixed glass panoramic roof. The panel is treated with 18-percent transmission tint, the same as the glass roof of the McLaren P1, and features the brand’s Sound & Solar Film, which absorbs solar radiation and provides additional noise insulation. Due to its increased glass area, the 570GT also comes with a revised air conditioning system. The dual-zone unit allows fully automatic and independent setting for both the driver and passenger. The Automatic function has two stages, "Auto" and "Auto Lo". The latter setting limits speed of the fans to minimize noise within the cabin.

The new deck is wrapped in leather and adds an additional 7.8 cubic feet (220 liters) of storage room

Second, and arguably more important than the glass roof, is the new rear luggage compartment. Dubbed Touring Deck, it is placed above the engine bay and accessed via the side opening glass hatch. The new deck is wrapped in leather and adds an additional 7.8 cubic feet (220 liters) of storage room to the front luggage area’s 5.3 cubic feet (150 liters), taking the total storage capacity of the 570GT to 13.1 cubic feet (370 liters). That’s an impressive figure for a full-fledged sports car.

Other features that set it apart from the 570S and 540C include a quieter cabin due to a revised exhaust system, specially developed Pirelli tires, and a standard McLaren Audio Plus sound system. Optional on the 570S, the eight-speaker audio system features two 100mm (3.9-inch) mid/bass drive units and two 25mm (one-inch) tweeters in the rear section off the cabin.

Otherwise, it comes with all the fancy features that can be had with the 570S. Highlights include eight-way, heated sports seats upholstered in high-quality leather, a touchscreen for the infotainment and navigation, a TFT instrument cluster, Nappa leather, and carbon-fiber inserts. Options include a range of "By McLaren" interior specifications in Luxury or Sport configurations and a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, among other features.

Drivetrain

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Like every road-going McLaren since the company’s birth as a fully fledged car manufacturer, the 570GT is powered by the 3.8-liter V-8. The twin-turbo mill produces the same 562 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm as in the 570S Coupe, which is transferred to the rear wheels through the same seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.

Sprinting from 0 to 62 mph takes 3.4 seconds, two tenths slower than the 570S, while the 124-mph benchmark comes in 9.8 seconds, 0.4 ticks slower

But, while horsepower and torque figures are identical, the performance specs aren’t, as the 570GT is a tad slower in all departments due to its heavier roof. The 570GT tips the scales at 2,976 pounds, which makes it 81 pounds heavier than the 570S. As a result, sprinting from 0 to 62 mph takes 3.4 seconds, two tenths slower than the 570S, while the 124-mph benchmark comes in 9.8 seconds, 0.4 ticks slower. Top speed, on the other hand, is identical at 204 mph.

Otherwise, the 570GT comes with the same selectable handling modes — Normal, Sport and Track — with each calibrating a set of adaptive dampers to suit driving moods. Sport and Track modes will likely offer a similar experience to the normal 570S, but expect Normal mode to be a bit softer and more compliant for long-distance drives.

As far as fuel economy goes, the 570GT returns 19 mpg combined, comparable to the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Stopping power comes from a lightweight braking system comprising iron discs and four-piston calipers front and rear. In front of these sit newly designed 15-spoke alloy wheels unique to the 570GT. Those wheels are wrapped in special Pirelli P Zero tires developed to reduce in-cabin road noise by up to three decibels. Optionally, the sports car can be equipped with the performance-focused P Zero Corsa rubber.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo
Displacement 3799cc
Power 562 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 443 LB-FT @ 5,000-6,500 RPM
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
CO2 249 g/km
Fuel consumption Combined – 19 mpg (US)
City – 16 mpg (US)
Highway – 23 mpg (US)
0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) 3.4 seconds
0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) 9.8 seconds
¼ mile / 0-400m 11.1 seconds @ 132 mph (213 km/h)
Top speed 204 MPH (328 km/h)
Power-to-weight 5.3 lbs per hp
62-0 mph (100-0 km/h) 108 ft (33.0 m)
124-0 mph (200-0 km/h) 436 ft (133 m)

Prices

The McLaren 570GT retails from $199,850 in the U.S., which makes it the most important member of the Sports Series lineup to date. For reference, the 570S is priced from $184,900.. There’s no word as to whether McLaren will offer a less expensive 540GT version, but if that happens, don’t get your hopes up on getting it here in the U.S.

In the United Kingdom, the 570GT starts from £154,000, with deliveries set to commence in July 2016. Compared to the 570S, the GT carries a £10,750 premium. Unlike North America, the British market could get a more affordable GT based on the 540C.

Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo

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As the consummate sports tourer, the 911 Turbo has gradually edged its way out of fast-911 territory and into supercar territory, in terms of both pace and price. The 570GT arrives just in time for the facelifted Turbo and Turbo S, which received minor cosmetic upgrades and more powerful engines. The 911 Turbo now boasts 540 horsepower, while the Turbo S cranks out 580 horses. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes 2.8 and 2.9 seconds respectively, with the Sport Chrono package. Top speed is rated at 198 and a whopping 205 mph, respectively. The 911’s pricing is also competitive, with the Turbo priced from $159,200 and the Turbo S available from $188,100.

Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo here.

Ferrari California T

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Though it’s often perceived as the "budget" Ferrari for folks who just want to be seen in a Ferrari, the California T has a lot to offer. Introduced for the 2014 model year, it’s essentially an updated version of folding-hardtop convertible California, which was first introduced in 2009. The updated California T brought sharper styling and the first turbocharged Ferrari engine since the F40. The twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 produces 560 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and a healthy 556 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph comes in 3.6 seconds and top speed is just under 200 mph. With starting price just under $200,000, it’s more or less in the same price bracket as McLaren’s Sports Series cars.

Read our full review of the 2015 Ferrari California T here.

Conclusion

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As weird as the McLaren 570GT might seem, it has the chance to occupy its own spot in the market. The acronym "GT" usually conjures images of Bentleys, Aston Martins and front-engine Ferraris. The 570S serves the same purpose as the old guard, but does it in an entirely different way — a more compact, mid-engine interpretation of the traditional, long-distance grand tourer. And, when taken into consideration how outside-the-box the 570S GT is, building such a car is actually a very McLaren thing to do — a solution to a problem we didn’t know needed fixing.

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    • * Looks might not be for everyone
    • * Heavier roof impacts performance
    • * The most expensive Sports Series car

Updated History

Updated 04/29/2016: The new McLaren 570GT made its U.K. debut at the 2016 London Motor Show, with which occasion the auto maker also revealed prices for the British market. First deliveries are scheduled for July 2016.

Spy Shots

November 26, 2016 - First testing session

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Press Release

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.

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The McLaren 570GT joins the 570S Coupe and 540C Coupe (540C not sold in the US) 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 glass panoramic 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.

EVERYDAY USABILITY

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 5.3 cubic feet (150 liters) of space, while the 570GT adds a further 7.8 cubic feet (220 liters) 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 13.1 cubic feet (370 liters). 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.

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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 Zero™ 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.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

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.

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.

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THE DRIVE

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.

The overall set up 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 Life™ 0W-40.

DESIGN AND AERODYNAMICS

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.

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.

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LIGHTWEIGHT

As with all McLaren models since the introduction of the MP4-1 Formula 1™ 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 165 lbs (75kg), the lightweight yet extremely stiff chassis contributes to a dry weight of 2,976 lbs (1,350kg). This equates to 5.3 lbs per hp, providing breathtaking performance more commonly seen in the supercar segment: 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h). Despite supercar performance figures, there have been no sacrifices to the everyday drivability and practicality of the 570GT, which returns 19 mpg combined and emissions of 249 g/km.

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 Zero™ tires as standard, while a more performance-focused P Zero™ Corsa option is also available.

The 570GT is priced from $199,850 in the US, with first deliveries due to commence late in 2016.

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