Last week Borro drove the new McLaren 570GT, a supercar with added grand touring qualities. What does that mean? Well, McLaren have taken the highly praised 570S and tweaked it to make it a more useable car over a long distance.
Changes over the 570S include: Recalibrated steering to make turning more gentle, a softer suspension setup for road use, a quieter exhaust system and re-worked rear bodywork to incorporate a luxurious leather lined hatch. This means the 570GT can offer 370 liters of space and it actually looks a bit nicer than the 570S, sorry McLaren!
But, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is some kind of soft McLaren though. The 570GT is still ferociously quick. 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph. Not to mention that fact that it will accelerate to 124 mph in under 10 seconds, this car is very fast and directly compares to the 570S just losing out slightly on weight due to the added extras the 570GT has.
Out on the roads the ride is still sporty but uneven UK roads can be tackled more confidently than some of McLaren’s more focused models. Within an hour I felt very at home in the car, while the handling has been dialed back to give a more natural feel the car still turns in nicely but lacks the playfulness that the 570S has. Inside the lowered sills of the carbon tub compared to the 650S allow driver and passenger to jump in and out of the car relatively easily meaning there shouldn’t be any embarrassing moments outside your favorite restaurant.
Visibility on the road is excellent thanks to the thin a-pillars, you feel instantly at home and the luxurious interior is comforting compared to its sportier relations. Find a straight road and apply full throttle and the car is mind warp fast, so fast that you won’t feel like you are being allowed full power until you have passed a few gears, the turbo delivery is very linear and the car is useable and smooth. But when you do get a taste of unrestricted power the car feels just as fast as the 650S.
Priced from £154,000 the 570GT is more expensive than the 570S but the added options and creature comforts off-set the price, it also looks a bit cleaner than it’s slightly fussy sibling.
Our friends over at Private Motor Club also created this short film of the 570GT: Click Here to watch.
Photos: © McLaren Automotive 2016
About the Author: Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, gasoline is very much in his veins.