McLaren Goes for Daily Comfort with 570GT
Joining the selection of supercars in time for the Geneva Motor show, is none other a grand tourer from the British marque.
You would have noticed that almost every major player in the automobile industry has been giving the world a glimpse into what they will be showcasing at the upcoming Geneva Motor show March 1. Well, British supercar maker McLaren joins the list of those teasing us with what they will bring to the Swiss city. We initially expected the brand to unveil the 570S, which challenges the ‘entry-level’ Porsche 911 but they decided to surprise us instead.
Said to be the most practical and luxurious model to date, the veil has now been lifted off the 570GT. It combines both extreme comfort and performance in one car. McLaren also claims that the supercar is suitable for daily use. There is very little that the two models have in common. For one, the GT much like the S model is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that is able to put out 562 bhp (570PS, giving the car its name). This means that the car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 328km/h.
That is where the two cars cease to be similar. The new GT has a panoramic glass roof as standard feature to let more light into the cabin. It also has a swooping glass rear panel that swings open for extra storage capacity. This newly created space plus the front luggage compartment under the hood give the car a very impressive 370 liters of storage, that’s 80 more than you get in a Ford Fiesta hatchback.
As well as creating a second luggage compartment, the new glass rear also helps to cut cabin noise. Further efforts to keep the turbocharged roar of the engine from interrupting a conversation or hands-free phone call include bespoke tires, developed with Pirelli that reduce road roar and a new air conditioning system with a ‘lo’ setting that tries to keep the noise of the fan to a minimum.
Standard interior features include electrically operated and heated leather seats, an eight-speaker audio system and a touchscreen infotainment system complete with navigation and telephony controls. While practicality considerations include front and rear parking sensors, an electric steering column that can move to help the driver get in and out and wider opening doors that close more quietly.
Even the suspension and steering have been tweaked so that they are biased towards road rather than track driving and for absorbing bumps rather than amplifying them. Should you wish to get your hands on the 570GT, know that the supercar will go on sale immediately after its reveal on March 1. You should also expect to part with north of US $198,950 or £154,000.