McLaren previews upcoming MSO-built grand tourer

Launched in 2015, the Sports Series is McLaren’s newest family of performance cars. Slotted below the Super Series, which includes nameplates like the 650S, 675LT, and 688HS, the Sports Series currently consists of three road-going models and a race car as of August 2016, all powered by the award-winning 3.8-liter V-8 engine. The lineup’s most recent version is the 570GT, a less track-focused variant of the 570S with a more luxurious cabin, enhanced luggage room, softer suspension setting, and improved sound insulation.

Much like any other modern McLaren, the 570GT is also set to spawn one-off and limited-edition models modified by McLaren’s customizing division, MSO, The British company previewed the 570GT by MSO at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, giving customers a closer peak at the special features the brand is readying for the nameplate.

"This is the second consecutive year that McLaren Special Operations has used the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to demonstrate our capabilities on Sports Series cars," said Paul Mackenzie, executive director of MSO. "This year, closely following the reveal of the GT addition to the Sports Series family, we showcase the breadth of McLaren Special Operations personalization work, this time focusing on bespoke engineering design and components. With its Electro Chromic Roof especially, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept would be well suited to the needs and demands of customers in sunnier and warmer climates."

There’s no specific word as to when the production car will arrive, but we expect it to hit the streets by the end of the year.

Updated 09/02/2016: McLaren will come at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille with a specially designed 570GT by MSO Concept, painted in a very cool Pacific Blue.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept.

  • 2017 McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    562
  • Torque @ RPM:
    443
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    204 mph
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Exterior

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MSO-designed models are usually almost identical to the standard cars, but with bespoke paints and exterior details, and this concept car is no exception. For this 570GT, MSO went with an Elite Pearl White color and a Black Piano package that includes deep-gloss black side skirts, front and rear bumper inserts, door inserts, and wheels. These are complemented by full-length sill panels in gloss carbon-fiber.

The concept also sports MSO’s new Electro-Chromic roof. It includes the 570GT’s standard-fit glass roof with UV-protective interlayer, but adds a further electro-chromic interlayer. Using a touch-sensitive headlining, the roof can be adjusted through five defined points from almost clear to a rich, dark tint, enhancing privacy and protection for occupants.

Interior

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Inside, the mid-engined grand tourer features a Saddle Tan upholstery and the MSO Defined Carbon Fiber Package with rich gloss laquer finished door inserts and center tunnel sides. The sports car also received an integrated 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Hi-Fi system. All these upgrades make the 570GT by MSO the most luxurious McLaren ever built.

The cabin is also quieter due to the redesigned exhaust system and specially developed Pirelli tires

Other than that, it gets all the goodies that come with the standard 570GT. First up is a revised dual-zone air conditioning system that allows fully automatic and independent setting for both the driver and passenger. The cabin is also quieter due to the redesigned exhaust system and specially developed Pirelli tires. Further comfort comes from the eight-way adjustable, heated sports seats and fine leather and Alcantara.

Finally, there’s the rear "Touring Deck" luggage compartment that offers 7.9 cubic feet of storage room in addition to the 5.3 cubic feet found under the front hood. This gives the 570GT a total storage capacity of 13.1 cubic feet, an unprecedented figure for a McLaren and quite impressive for a sports car.

Drivetrain

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The turbocharged unit cranks out 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission

Under the hood, the 570GT by MSO features the same 3.8-liter V-8 engine as the standard model. The turbocharged unit cranks out 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and pushes the car from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in 9.8 seconds. The quarter-mile is covered in 11.1 ticks at 132 mph, while top speed is rated at 204 mph. Despite being this quick, the 570GT returns decent fuel economy at 16 mpg city, 19 mpg combined, and 23 mpg highway.

While the standard specs remain unchanged with the MSO concept, the bespoke division made some changes in the exhaust department. The new part is made from titanium, which makes it 30-percent lighter than the standard stainless steel system, and it’s based on that of the 675LT. McLaren says it delivers a "progressively richer and more characterful tone more immediately as the revs rise." The exhaust’s heat shields are also finished in a golden titanium nitride tint, which changes color to a blue/purple as the system heats and cools.

Conclusion

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Is this so-called concept car sounds familiar compared to other MSO-built McLarens, it’s because everything you see inside and out will eventually make it into production. McLaren has done exactly the same thing before and concepts like these are actually production-ready prototypes. It won’t be long until the first 570GT by MSO will leave the company’s bespoke shop in England and this is exactly what customers will get. Of course, there will be several more custom exterior paints, as well as new upholstery colors and customizing options.

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    • * Production model will be pretty expensive
    • * Not that any changes compared to the standard model

Press Release

McLaren Automotive has released details of the new McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept ahead of its debut on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Course at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world’s highest-profile competitive display of collector’s cars. The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept will be displayed on the concept lawn where McLaren has previously displayed many of its concept and future models, most recently the McLaren P1TM.

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The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept further accentuates the McLaren interpretation of a GT car. Previewing a collection of enhancements created by McLaren’s bespoke division MSO, which was itself launched at Pebble Beach in 2012, the car is the first example of the recently-introduced 570GT to receive the attention of McLaren’s finest team of craftsmen and designers. They have added styling, feature and material enhancements such as an Electro-Chromic Roof that are all destined to become available through the MSO Defined portfolio.

Firstly, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept delivers an improved aural experience both for the driver and onlookers thanks to its new MSO Exhaust system. Manufactured from titanium and consequently 30 percent lighter than the standard stainless steel system, the MSO Exhaust takes learnings from the McLaren 675LT project, delivering a progressively richer and more characterful tone more immediately as the revs rise than the standard exhaust. The MSO Exhaust’s heat shields are also finished in a golden titanium nitride tint, visible through the rear air ducts, which naturally change color to a blue/purple as the system heats and cools through its cycle.

Externally, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept is finished in Elite ‘Pearl White’ paintwork. Complementing the Pearl White finish is an MSO Piano Black package, delivering a deep gloss black finish to exterior details including the wheels, side skirt, front and rear and door inserts, as well as interior details.

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Recognizing the heat of the Californian summer, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept features an Electro-Chromic Roof. Currently in development for the 570GT, the Electro-Chromic Roof takes the standard-fit glass roof with UV-protective interlayer and adds a further electro-chromic interlayer. Using a touch-sensitive headlining, the Electro-Chromic Roof can be adjusted through five defined points from almost clear to a rich, dark tint, adding a further level of comfort, privacy and protection for occupants.

Completing the exterior treatment of the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept are MSO Defined Full-Length Sill Panels in Gloss Carbon Fiber. These beautifully complex, gloss-lacquered option cover the entire length of the 570 GT’s sills.

Internally, the 570GT by MSO Concept features a ‘By McLaren’ luxury interior in Saddle Tan with an integrated 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Hi-Fi system. Harmonizing with the enhanced exterior carbon fiber content, the Concept features the MSO Defined Carbon Fiber Interior Pack in Gloss Lacquer. To complete the bespoke nature of the Concept, interior components, interior door inserts and tunnel sides are all finished in a rich gloss lacquer.

Paul Mackenzie, Executive Director of McLaren Special Operations, commented: ‘This is the second consecutive year that McLaren Special Operations has used the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to demonstrate our capabilities on Sports Series cars. Last year, soon after the launch of the 570S, we showed the 570S ‘by MSO’ which featured the uniquely formulated Mauvine Blue paint finish coupled with a bespoke interior finished in Carbon Black leather with coordinating detailing, carried through from the exterior color. This year, closely following the reveal of the GT addition to the Sports Series family, we showcase the breadth of McLaren Special Operations personalization work, this time focussing on bespoke engineering design and components. With its Electro Chromic Roof especially, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept would be well suited to the needs and demands of customers in sunnier and warmer climates.’

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The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept builds upon the recently-introduced 570GT – the most luxurious and refined McLaren to date. Offering up to 13 cubic feet (370 liters) of storage, plus a suspension and steering that’s finely-tuned to deliver longer-distance comfort, the 570GT is the most road-biased McLaren to date with a focus on day-to-day usability.

The front luggage area provides 5 cubic feet (150 liters) of stowage, while a further 8 cubic feed (220 liters) of space is available behind the seats on the leather-lined Touring Deck. This additional space is accessed via the side opening Glass Hatch bringing the total storage space for the 570GT to 13 cubic feet (370 liters). The Glass Hatch opens on the curbside whether left- or right-hand drive and is framed by carbon fiber providing significant torsional rigidity.

Under the skin, the long-distance comfort is created by fine tuning of the suspension, including a reduction in spring rate stiffness of 15 percent at the front and 10 percent at the rear. Independent adaptive dampers can be dynamically adjusted through Normal, Sport and Track settings. In addition, the electro-hydraulic steering system offers a two percent reduced ratio, specifically designed to smooth out driver inputs at high cruising speed.

The 570GT is fitted with the McLaren-developed 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 M838TE engine. Power and torque output is 562bhb (570PS)and 443lb ft (600 Nm) respectively and power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless-shift transmission with adjustment through Normal, Sport and Track settings to produce one of the most rewarding and engaging driving experiences in the sports car class.

In common 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 165lb (75kg), the lightweight yet extremely stiff chassis contributes to a dry weight of 2,976lb (1,350kg).

This delivers breathtaking performance more commonly seen in the supercar segment: 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds, 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in 9.8 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 26.6 mpg (10.7 l/100 km) on the EU combined cycle and emissions of 249 g/km.

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