McLaren has always been perceived as an out of reach, high-end sports car manufacturer, but with a reputation like that, comes quality. The 570GT is set to enhance that image further.
Breaking with a recent trend, the 570GT is full production automobile, not a limited run. It is also – crucially – a grand tourer, which means that rather than sacrificing comfort for power, McLaren have embraced the idea of luxury for the occupants. It’s a subtle difference over the 570S, but if you’ve ever driven a car with hard, sports suspension and found yourself starting to look ahead at the road to try to avoid the tiniest pothole after a just few miles, you will know how important this is.
The 570GT is part of the 570S and 570 Spider trilogy if you like. All concocted at the same time, the three vehicles will have a staggered release. The difference with the GT is a fastback style rear making the 570GT even easier on the eye. It’s practical of course, McLaren didn’t just tweak this area for fun – the hinged rear screen opens to reveal luggage space for those romantic journeys along the French Riviera, or wherever you deem a fitting spot for such a refined car. In fact, McLaren think the Canary Isles is a fitting spot, for this is where they chose to host the launch of the vehicle.
The car is refined largely thanks to the softer suspension (compared to the 570S, the front is softened by 15 per cent while the rear is relaxed by 10 per cent) and overall, this being a quieter road going experience all round, the 570GT should simply be a much more pleasant experience on longer journeys.
There seems to be a lot of glass on the 570GT, just what you might want for a grand tourer, giving pretty good visibility out the back and over the strapped down luggage. There’s also a tinted glass panoramic sunroof, so all in all, the feel is all rather airy compared to the claustrophobic experience of being inserted into many a sports car.
The engine is the expected 3.8 litre V8 twin-turbo giving 562bhp, all controlled by a 7-speed dual clutch auto gearbox. You might decide to also, rather sensibly for a grand tourer I think, opt for a couple of the Sports Series options to further refine your experience – a quieter exhaust system with noise cancelling Pirelli P Zero tyres sounds good to me.
So are there any downsides? Well it’s not a family car for going on holiday of course, and maybe the combined figure of 26.6mpg might seem a bit contradictory for a tourer to some. But this is a classic looking, beautiful sports car that McLaren has aimed at those wanting more comfort and relaxation from their super car experience. Price is £154,000 without the options mentioned above.