Here’s one we definitely saw coming. We’ve been telling you that McLaren was planning to launch a grand touring model within its Sports Series lineup since before we knew that the Sports Series name was even a thing, and now McLaren has finally confirmed the GT’s imminent arrival. The 570GT is set to serve as the sensible sister to the 570S coupe and also the upcoming Sports Series spider, with a retuned suspension and more luggage space.
The official line is that the GT is designed to be “the most luxurious and relaxing of any McLaren to date” and is clearly aimed at those buyers who, although affluent, need it to earn its keep through being more practical than a mere weekend toy. To that end, it gets a glass hatchback at the rear giving access to a second luggage compartment behind the seats, which adds 8 cubic feet of storage. In conjunction with the existing front trunk, that makes for a total of 12 cubic feet of carrying capacity.
The result is a car that, while probably not the best choice for a run to IKEA, should have more than enough space for a weekend getaway, especially as McLaren will offer a fitted luggage set that’ll take full advantage of the available volume. The GT also gets a full-length glass roof as standard, which makes the cabin feel far airier than that of the 570S. For a relatively small change it has yielded a substantial transformation.
The Touring Deck
The glass hatchback has necessitated a redesign of the back of the car, which loses the coupe’s airflow-smoothing “flying buttresses.” That has required a more substantial spoiler on the hatch to yield the same aerodynamic effect. The glass hatch has a carbon-fiber frame and is side-hinged, with the direction it opens depending on whether the car is left-hand drive or right-hand drive; the idea is that it will open in the proper direction to ease curbside loading and unloading. We had a look at the 570GT ahead of its official unveiling at the Geneva auto show and can report that the area under the rear hatchback—officially known as the Touring Deck—is modestly proportioned but beautifully finished in leather.
Mechanical changes versus the 570S are limited. We’re told that spring rates have been reduced by 15 percent at the front and 10 percent at the rear, with other suspension settings retuned to match. The steering ratio also has been slightly reduced to “smooth out driver inputs at high cruising speed.”
McLaren’s familiar 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 is the same as found in the S, producing 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Here again, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle drives the rear wheels. McLaren says that the modifications make the 570GT 82 pounds heavier than the 570S, with most of that gain coming from the added glass. The 570GT’s iron brake discs are a bit heavier than the coupe’s carbon-ceramic rotors, too. A claimed 3.4-second zero-to-62-mph time is two-tenths slower than that of the S, but the top speed of 204 mph is identical.
The $200,000 Question Pricing is also similarly close. The 570GT will carry an MSRP of $201,450, with standard equipment including the vehicle-lift system to cut down on expensive grinding noises, the nicer nappa leather interior, and a leather headliner around the glass roof. Optioning a 570S to the same level would see the two cars within about $1000 of each other, meaning choosing between them will be down to preference and priorities—the sportier S or the more laid-back GT. Sales start later this year, and McLaren admits that the 570GT might well become the company’s most popular model.