McLaren confirms the 570GT's fate.
McLaren recently lifted the wraps off its most comfortable supercar yet: the new GT. Blending performance with practicality and comfort, McLaren’s new grand tourer made its dynamic debut at this year’s 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it looked magnificent on the move.
It’s so special that it sits in a class of its own outside of McLaren’s Sports, Super, and Ultimate ranges. But what does this mean for McLaren’s entry-level grand tourer, the 570GT? We reached out to McLaren to find out if the 570GT is being replaced by the new GT.
"This is not a replacement for the 570GT, as it’s a completely new car for McLaren,” a spokesperson clarified to us. As a result, the 570GT is still readily available and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. "There are new examples of the 570GT available at retailers around the world for interested customers, though clients wanting a true Grand Tourer would opt for the new McLaren GT.”
McLaren’s ultimate grand tourer features an impressive 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk and a luxurious interior with unique heated seats that can be finished in Nappa leather, Alcantara, or Cashmere for comfortable long-distance cruising.
That's not to say the McLaren GT's performance has been compromised, however. Being positioned outside of McLaren’s Sports Series range, the GT has a different engine setup to the 570 range. Whereas the 570S, 570S Spider, and 570GT feature a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 562 horsepower, the GT has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 612 horsepower on tap. With this setup, the McLaren GT will do 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds, 0-124 mph in 9.1 seconds, and top out 203 mph.
McLaren acknowledged that the GT is in a competitive segment dominated by the likes of Porsche, Aston Martin, and Ferrari but said that "none are like the new McLaren GT, which will be the clear driver’s choice.”
However, the spokesperson told us that "balancing McLaren’s DNA with attributes required of a true Grand Tourer” proved to be challenging during the McLaren GT’s development. "The car needed to be both a driver’s car that is lightweight, fast and engaging, while also featuring comfort for long distance driving with plenty of room for luggage.”
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