McLaren has revealed details about a new sportscar ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva motor show.
Dubbed the 570GT, the car is a glass-paneled ‘hatchback’ version of McLaren’s outrageous 570S Sports Series Coupe. The change in layout has allowed for a slightly larger luggage compartment. While we can’t imagine McLaren buyers are too worried about boot space, the added practicality may help the company’s position in the ‘grand touring’ sector.
Despite the seemingly minor changes, the GT is expected to be the brand’s highest volume model and is said to be ‘the most luxurious and refined McLaren to date’.
The addition of a hatchback has had a significant impact on exterior styling, a lengthened roofline accentuates an extended rear spoiler. The rear window is held in place by a carbon-fibre frame and opens and closes via side-hinges. When closed, the hatch seamlessly follows on from the GT’s bespoke glass roof.
The 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 from the 570S is retained for the new variant. The familiar donk makes an unchanged, but adequate 419kW of power and 600Nm of torque. The GT’s motor pairs up to the same 7-speed SSG transmission as its sibling, which sends power to the rear wheels.
Likely due to 35kg of added weight, the new hatchback is slightly slower. The 570GT will sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds (0.2sec slower than 570S) before reaching its 330km/h top speed.
Spring rates have been softened 15 per cent at the front and 10 per cent at the rear, along with other suspension setting changes. To aid high-speed stability, the steering ratio has been dulled by 10 per cent.
Australian pricing has not been confirmed, although in European markets the price of the 570GT is very similiar to that of its 570S sibling, which sits at $379,900 locally.
McLAREN 570GT STATISTICS
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph)
0-400m / ¼ mile
11.1 seconds @ 213 km/h
310kW per tonne
100-0 km/h (62 mph) 33.0 m
200-0 km/h (124 mph) 133 m
ENGINE & POWERTRAIN
|V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
419kW @ 7500 rpm
600Nm @ 5000-6500 rpm
7 Speed SSG