‘Very practical’ McLaren 570GT unveiled ahead of debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 27, 2016

McLaren Automotive is sure to grab the attention of visitors at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show as it announced plans to unveil the latest models of its Sports Series family at the event.

Joining the McLaren 570S Coupé and McLaren 540C Coupé as members of the Sports Series family is the two-seat, mid-engine sports car McLaren 570GT.

Considered as the most road-biased McLaren yet, the new 570GT was built for practicality and exceptional ride comfort even when going for a long haul. According to the official press release, the McLaren 570GT is priced from $199,850 in the US, with first deliveries due to commence late in 2016.

Exterior Design

Remarkably, the 570GT features a front end with a design similar to that of the 570S Coupé. It dons a front bumper with a pronounced point that generates the center of pressure, which slices through air to reduce aerodynamic drag and forms four quadrants.

This pronounced point is designed to split the airflow above and below the bodywork as well as along each flank of the new 570GT. Just like the 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé, the new 570GT features a bonnet with strong crease lines that help optimize airflow over the front fenders and into the side air intakes.

Moreover, the vehicle sports Aero Blades just below the front bumper that is tilted in a manner that they would generate an area of high pressure just in front of the low temperature radiators. Design-wise, the 570GT features a revised glasshouse with clean yet sleek lines flowing to the rear.

It also features a side-opening glass hatch and luggage area with more capacity. It is fitted with a distinct aerodynamic package that includes an extended fixed rear spoiler, which is around 10mm taller than the one mounted on Coupé models.

This extended fixed rear spoiler is designed to deliver levels of aerodynamic performance similar to that of the flying buttresses of the 570S Coupé. Just like any other McLaren vehicles, the 570GT features the signature dihedral doors that open upwards and outwards for improved entry and exit.

Additionally, the new 570GT features a design that includes a ‘floating tendon’ intended to direct air into the side air intake. On the other hand, the new 570GT features exclusive body-colored door inserts for a more understated side profile and to distinguish the GT from the Coupé models.

In terms of usability, the new 570GT is perhaps the most practical model from McLaren. Just like all other members of the Sports Series, ingress and egress are optimized via a lower and narrower sill.

Ingress and egress is also helped by giving the dihedral doors a more upward arc when opened. Occupants would surely welcome the 570GT's roomy and ergonomically optimized interior, which comes with two leather-upholstered eight-way electrically adjustable sports seats.

Interior Design

The interior also features a centrally mounted touchscreen that provides controls for vehicle's air conditioning, navigation and audio systems as well as telephony. On the other hand, the vehicle setup can be configured through the TFT LCD digital instrument cluster. Interestingly, the new McLaren 570GT comes with a standard fixed glass Panoramic Roof running through to the large rear glass hatch that provides a bright, open cabin.

The roof glass is coated with SSF (Sound & Solar Film) that could absorb solar radiation while delivering extra noise insulation. Moreover, the roof glass features an 18-percent transmission tint, which can also be found on the glass roof of the McLaren P1. Taking care of cabin temperatures is an improved dual-zone air conditioning system that permits separate fully automatic settings for passenger and driver. Occupants could select between two functions -- ‘Auto’ and ‘Auto Lo’ – to get their desired temperature.

Auto Lo setting limits the speed of the fans to help minimize fan noise within the cabin. Just like the Coupé, the new 570GT provides 50 liters of stowage on the front luggage area and another 220 liters behind the seats. Occupants could also access an extra space through the side opening glass hatch, thereby giving them the capability to store up to 370 liters of storage.

Occupant could open the glass hatch -- framed by carbon fiber for outstanding torsional rigidity -- on the kerbside. On the other hand, the interior of the 570GT is laden with the latest technologies and very high quality materials.

As standard, the new model features extended leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated seats with memory function, front and rear parking sensors, an electric steering column with easy entry / exit function, soft close doors and a quieter exhaust system compared to the 570S Coupé. Lightweight noise absorbing and damping materials are used to line the Touring Deck and bulkhead, further enhancing the level of refinement within the cabin.

For instance, the vehicle is fitted, from launch, with an array of ‘By McLaren’ designer interior elements, which can be availed in either Luxury or Sport configurations. Moreover, these elements are designed to flaunt the interior design of the 570GT while matching the exterior.

In-cabin entertainment comes courtesy, as standard, of eight speaker McLaren Audio Plus system that is offered as an option on the 570S Coupé. The system features two 100mm mid/bass drive units and two 25mm tweeters in the rear to balance the sound all throughout the cabin.

Customers could also avail of a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system – which consists of five 25mm aluminum Nautilus tweeters, five 100mm Kevlar mid-range drive units and two 200mm carbon fiber & Rohacell bass subwoofers -- re-tuned to harmonize with the interior acoustics of the 570GT. All speakers of the system are supported by a fully digital 14-channel 1280W Class D amplifier.

Powertrain

Powering the 570GT is a McLaren-developed 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 M838TE engine -- first featured in the 570S Coupé – that develops a max output of 570PS (562bhp) and peak torque of 600 Nm (443 lb. ft.). Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a seven-speed seamless-shift transmission and could be adjusted through Normal, Sport and Track settings. Moreover, settings include bespoke gear change calibrations with comfort (Normal), Cylinder Cut (Sport) and Inertia Push (Track) technologies.

Just like any McLaren vehicle, the new 570GT is filled with Mobil 1 New Life 0W-40. Complementing this power is the MonoCell II carbon fiber chassis that was first featured in the 570S Coupé and is shared across the Sports Series models. This carbon fiber chassis is lightweight yet extremely stiff, weighing at just 75kg while contributing to a dry weight of 1,350kg (2,976 lbs).

This provides the new 570GT with a power-to-weight ratio of 422PS per ton, allowing this McLaren vehicle to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and from nil to 200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 9.8 seconds. Max speed for the new 570GT is pegged at 328 km/h (204 mph).

With this kind of performance to boast of, the new 570GT remains practical and drivable, returning 26.6 mpg (10.7 l/100 km) on the EU combined cycle while emitting just 249 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Stopping power comes courtesy of a lightweight composite braking system that includes iron discs measuring 370mm x 32mm on the front and 350mm x 30mm on the rear, as well as four-piston calipers front and rear.

The new 570GT sits on distinct 15-spoke GT Design cast alloy wheels measuring 19 inches on the front and 20 inches at the rear. These wheels are wrapped exclusively with tires featuring the latest in tire technology from McLaren Automotive technical partner, Pirelli. As standard, the 570GT is fitted with specially developed Pirelli P Zero tires that could reduce in-cabin road noise by up to three decibels.

These special tires feature the patented Pirelli Noise Cancelling System (PNCS) that could reduce road noise from the grooves within the tire, thereby absorbing vibrations and reducing their transmission into the cabin. Customers could also avail of the optional yet performance-focused P Zero Corsa tires from Pirelli. In developing the new 570GT, McLaren employed a dynamic setup while providing it with supercar engagement levels similar to that on the 570S Coupé.

To achieve this level of performance and refinement, the 570GT is equipped with the same newly developed suspension system found in other models in the Sports Series. However, the system was refined to allow the new 570GT to provide long distance comfort – like reducing its spring rate stiffness to 15 percent at the front and 10 percent at the rear.

Furthermore, the supercar's independent adaptive dampers -- coupled to front and rear anti-roll bars -- can be adjusted via Normal, Sport and Track settings. McLaren took efforts to calibrate the overall setup of the 570GT to enhance road and highway driving while making sure that ride quality remains the same even when cruising through poor road surfaces.

Just like all models in the Sports Series, the new 570GT features an electro-hydraulic steering system with a reduced ratio (by two percent). This steering system has been designed to adjust driver inputs at high cruising speed. Interested buyers could avail of the new McLaren 570GT at a starting price of £154,000 in the United Kingdom. Deliveries will start late 2016.

Press Release

McLAREN BROADENS THE SPORTS SERIES LINEUP WITH THE 2017 570GT

McLaren Automotive will showcase its largest selection of models to date at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, featuring the latest model in the recently-launched Sports Series – the McLaren 570GT. Practical enough for everyday use, the two-seat, mid-engined 570GT is the most refined and road-biased McLaren yet. Designed with a focus on day-to-day usability and long distance comfort, it offers increased levels of practicality while remaining a true McLaren sports car.

The McLaren 570GT joins the 570S Coupe and 540C Coupe (540C not sold in the US) as the third model in the recently announced Sports Series family. The clean lines of the revised glasshouse give the 570GT a sleek and refined silhouette – the second of three bodystyles which will eventually complete the Sports Series. A glass panoramic roof provides a bright, open cabin which extends through the large rear glass hatch to create a luxurious and relaxing driving environment. Craftsmanship throughout the interior of the 570GT is of the highest level, upholstered and specified with quality materials and the latest technologies throughout.

EVERYDAY USABILITY

The 570GT is the most practical model ever launched by McLaren Automotive, targeted towards longer journeys and weekends away. As with all Sports Series models, ingress and egress are optimized through a lower and narrower door sill, while the signature dihedral doors open with a more upward arc. Within the ergonomically-optimized cabin, a pair of eight-way electrically adjustable sports seats is upholstered in high quality leather as standard. The control interface for the air conditioning, infotainment, and navigation systems are managed through the centrally-mounted touchscreen, while vehicle setup parameters can be viewed on the TFT instrument cluster.

The standard fixed glass Panoramic Roof glass is treated with 18 percent transmission tint – the same as the glass roof of the McLaren P1™ – and also features SSF (Sound & Solar Film) to absorb solar radiation while providing additional noise insulation. With the increased glass area of the 570GT, cabin temperatures are regulated and maintained by an enhanced dual-zone air conditioning system. This system allows fully automatic and independent settings for both passenger and driver. A two-stage Automatic function – ‘Auto’ and ‘Auto Lo’ – allows a desired temperature to be obtained, with the latter setting limiting speed of the fans to minimize noise within the cabin.

The front luggage area remains unchanged from the 570S Coupe at 5.3 cubic feet (150 liters) of space, while the 570GT adds a further 7.8 cubic feet (220 liters) of storage on the leather-lined Touring Deck. This area is accessed via the side opening glass hatch, and brings total storage capacity of the 570GT to 13.1 cubic feet (370 liters). The glass hatch opens on the curbside (whether left-hand or right-hand drive) and is framed by carbon fiber, which provides significant torsional rigidity.

Refinement and day-to-day usability are further enhanced through the latest tire technology from McLaren Automotive technical partner, Pirelli. The 570GT features specially developed Pirelli P Zero™ tires which reduce in-cabin road noise by up to three decibels thanks to the innovative Pirelli Noise Cancelling System (PNCS): a new technology patented by Pirelli for reducing road noise.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

As with all models in the Sports Series, the 570GT is extensively equipped with the latest technologies and the highest quality materials. As standard, the 570GT features a Nappa Design leather interior, electrically adjustable heated seats with memory function, leather interior headlining, electric steering column, front and rear parking sensors, soft close doors, nose lift, and a quieter exhaust system compared to the 570S Coupe. Lightweight noise absorbing and damping materials are used to line the Touring Deck and bulkhead, further enhancing the level of refinement within the cabin.

Available from launch are a range of ‘By McLaren’ designer interior specifications, designed to demonstrate the breadth of personalization available. As with the 570S Coupe, these are available in a choice of Luxury or Sport configurations. These configurations are designed to showcase the interior design and compliment the exterior color choices.

The eight speaker McLaren Audio Plus system is fitted as standard. This system – optional on the 570S Coupe – includes two 100mm mid / bass drive units adding to the clarity and depth of the sound, and two 25mm tweeters in the rear of the cabin which balance the sound to ensure the occupants have a greater sense of immersion. A 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system is also available re-tuned to the different interior acoustics of the 570GT. The system comprises of five 25mm aluminium Nautilus tweeters, five 100mm Kevlar® mid-range drive units and two 200mm carbon fiber & Rohacell bass subwoofers. All speakers are driven by a fully digital 14-channel 1280W Class D amplifier.

THE DRIVE

Under the skin, the 570GT has been developed with its own unique setup to reflect its position in the Sports Series range, while retaining the supercar levels of engagement experienced on the 570S Coupe. Sharing the newly developed suspension system with the other models in the Sports Series, the 570GT emphasizes long distance comfort through a reduction in the spring rates – 15 percent at the front and 10 percent at the rear. Independent adaptive dampers can be dynamically adjusted through Normal, Sport and Track settings, and are coupled to front and rear anti-roll bars.

The overall set up of the 570GT has been calibrated to enhance road and motorway driving, and aid ride quality over poor road surfaces. The electro-hydraulic steering system is retained from the 570S Coupe, but with a two percent reduced ratio that smoothens driver inputs at high speed.

The 570GT is fitted with the McLaren-developed 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 M838TE engine which debuted in the 570S Coupe. Power and torque remain at 562 hp (570PS) and 443 lb ft (600 Nm). Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless-shift transmission, and features adjustment through Normal, Sport and Track settings to produce a rewarding and engaging driving experience. These settings include bespoke gearchange calibrations from comfort (Normal mode), Cylinder Cut (Sport mode) and Inertia Push (Track mode) technologies all available. As with all models in the McLaren Automotive range, the McLaren 570GT is factory-filled with Mobil 1 New Life™ 0W-40.

DESIGN AND AERODYNAMICS

The revised design of the 570GT sees the glasshouse with clean and sleek lines leading to the rear of the car. With the side-opening Glass Hatch and increased luggage area, the 570GT features a unique aerodynamic package, including an extended fixed rear spoiler – 10mm taller than that fitted to the Coupe models – designed to offer the same levels of aerodynamic performance as the distinctive flying buttresses on the 570S Coupe.

The front end design of the 570GT is shared with that of the 570S Coupe. The design separates the airflow above and below the bodywork, and along each flank. As seen on the other models in the Sports Series, the bonnet features strong crease lines which optimize airflow over the front fenders and into the side air intakes. Aero Blades below the front bumper are angled to produce an area of high pressure ahead of the low temperature radiators.

First introduced on the iconic McLaren F1, the 570GT features distinctive dihedral doors, which open upwards and outwards to aid ingress and egress from the cabin. Body-colored door inserts, unique to the 570GT, create a more subtle side profile and further differentiate the 570GT from the 570S.

LIGHTWEIGHT

As with all McLaren models since the introduction of the MP4-1 Formula 1™ car in 1981, the 570GT uses a carbon fiber chassis. The MonoCell II debuted in the 570S Coupe, and is shared across the Sports Series models. Weighing just 165 lbs (75kg), the lightweight yet extremely stiff chassis contributes to a dry weight of 2,976 lbs (1,350kg). This equates to 5.3 lbs per hp, providing breathtaking performance more commonly seen in the supercar segment: 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h). Despite supercar performance figures, there have been no sacrifices to the everyday drivability and practicality of the 570GT, which returns 19 mpg combined and emissions of 249 g/km.

The latest model in the Sports Series is fitted with a lightweight braking system. Set up with a greater focus on road driving, the system includes iron discs (front 370mm x 32mm / rear 350mm x 30mm) with four-piston calipers front and rear. In front of these sit a set of unique 15-spoke alloy wheels – 19-inch front, 20-inch rear. The newly-designed wheels are fitted exclusively with Pirelli P Zero™ tires as standard, while a more performance-focused P Zero™ Corsa option is also available.

The 570GT is priced from $199,850 in the US, with first deliveries due to commence late in 2016.

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