Converting their knowledge of race car building into production cars, McLaren has made a huge impact in a relatively short time as a production sports car manufacturer. Created as a success effort to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the McLaren F1 in the 1990s resulted in some barely street-legal, low production run supercars that remain coveted by motoring collectors to this day. In 2003, Mercedes-Benz collaborated with McLaren in the creation of the German automaker’s most powerful production car, the SLR McLaren. Since 2011, McLaren’s return to solo development of high-performance sports cars was first stamped by the MP4-12C and rapidly branched into creating the 540C (a comparatively detuned vehicle not available in North America), 570S, 650S and 675LT. From 2013 to the end of 2015, the British manufacturer built one of the world’s most ferocious hybrid supercars with the 903-horsepower McLaren P1. Set for sale in late 2016, McLaren’s newest 570GT takes a more practical high-performance path.
With the all-new McLaren 570GT set for its first public showing at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the brand wishes to compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 and the Aston Martin Vantage in the everyday sports car genre. Based on the same MonoCell II carbon fiber construction as what is used on the 570S, the upcoming 570GT also receives 562 horsepower from a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine. Part of McLaren’s Sport Series, the 570GT is a two-seat, mid-engined devoted to the unusual supercar feat of extracting improved cargo space. In addition to the base 570S sports car’s modest 5.3 cubic feet of cargo room located at the vehicle’s front, the 570GT provides an extra 7.76 cubic feet through some impressive engineering. A leather-lined Touring Deck behind the seating area of the McLaren 570GT is accessible through a side-opening Glass Hatch. Framed in lightweight carbon fiber, the glass hatch can be opened either from the left or right side of the vehicle.
The McLaren 570GT is more than just a sleek design concealing a useful rear storage compartment. An aerodynamically-optimized shape provides performance credentials almost equal to the 570S. The new glass hatch’s incorporation results in a more swept rear deck styling. Aerodynamic stability is pursued with an extended rear spoiler. The front end design of the glass hatch-equipped McLaren is familiarly identical to the 570S Coupe mastering airflow for vehicle downforce as well as engine cooling.
Along with aerodynamic grip, mechanical grip is paramount on the 570GT is specially configured for long-term riding comfort. Independent adaptive dampers can operate on Normal, Sport and Track mode settings while contact to the road is provided by Pirelli tires. Pirelli P Zero performance tires have been tailored uniquely to the McLaren 570GT and incorporate a noise cancelling system designed to reduce the amount of cabin noise translated from the road surface. The tires are mounted to 15-spoke alloy wheels of a 19-inch diameter at the front and 20-inch diameter at the rear. Electro-hydraulic steering and a lightweight braking system are also featured on the McLaren 570GT sports car. Capable of a top speed of 204 miles per hour, the 570GT and its glass hatch can accelerate from 0 to 62 mile per hour in a lightning fast 3.4 seconds.
The McLaren 570GT glass hatch serves a stylistic inspiration for applying a glass roof. A component borrowed from the McLaren P1 supercar, dual-function SSF (Sound and Solar Film) used on the transparent roof of the 570GT insures a comfortable interior with lessened solar radiation and unwanted noise.
McLaren’s newest everyday sports car will be available at the end of 2016. The 2017 McLaren 570GT will cost buyers in the United States $198,850 minus the optional 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system.
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