Car News 26 Feb 2016

McLaren launch new 570GT

McLaren has unveiled the new 570GT, the third addition to its Sport Series line-up.  Designed for long-distance driving, the new car features a number of adjustments for a more comfortable road experience.

Based on the performance-focused 570S, the 570GT is a more practical everyday car, and will sit alongside the entry level 540C.  The suspension system and active dampers remain the same as the 570S, with Normal, Sport and Track drive modes.  Spring rates have been altered, reducing stiffness by 15% at the front and 10% at the rear, and there’s a revamped electro-hydraulic steering rack, with a reduced ratio of 2% and new iron disc brakes.

The engine is the same 562bhp 3.8 litre, twin-turbo V8, deliveing a top speed of 204mph, however, performance is slightly reduced due to the car’s extra weight: 0-62mph is up from 3.2 to 3.4seconds.

The GT has 350 litres of storage space, with a 220 litre rear load bay, accessible via an opening glass hatch.  Wider opening, soft-close doors, parking sensors and an electrical steering column make the GT more practical to drive.  There’s a fixed rear spoiler, a quieter exhaust system and redesigned 15-spoke alloys; 19in at the front and 20in at the rear.

A tinted, insulated panoramic glass roof has been added for a brighter cabin, which features extra leather trim, electrically-adjustable heated seats and an 8-speaker McLaren audio system.  An optional 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system is also available.

Pricing will start at £154,000, with the first GT deliveries expected in late 2016.