The space behind the seats is good for medium-sized bags, while the area immediately below the glass deck fits suit bags and laptop bags.
The interior has also been tweaked. The basic structure remains the same as that in the 570S, but the materials used are more luxurious, and special Luxury or Sport interior themes will be offered.
A tinted panoramic roof, equipped with a noise insulation and solar radiation absorption material, is standard to make the cabin lighter and airier.
The more luxurious interior is in keeping with the car’s grand tourer brief, which has also entailed changes to the chassis. The spring rates have been reduced by 15% at the front and 10% at the rear for a softer ride than the 570S offers. The adaptive suspension system is shared with the 570S, however, and the Normal, Sport and Track driving modes remain, although the system and
anti-roll bars have been
revised to improve the ride
over more broken surfaces.
The glass hatch is framed in carbonfibre to ensure that the 570GT’s rigidity is as stiff as that in the 570S.
The steering ratio of the electrohydraulic system has been reduced by 2% over the 570S, and iron brake discs with aluminium hubs are fitted as standard, replacing the 570S’s carbon-ceramic brakes.
The Pirelli P Zero tyres are also of a bespoke compound designed to minimise road noise. The exhaust of the 570GT is taken from the detuned 540C model that sits below the 570S in the range, as it is 3dB quieter than the 570S’s sports exhaust system, although the fruitier pipe remains an option.
The alloy wheels have a diameter of 19in at the front and 20in at the rear and are of
a unique 15-spoke design.
As you’d expect, the 570GT is well appointed. It comes with a full leather cabin, electrically adjustable and heated seats, an electrically adjustable steering column and soft-close dihedral doors.
However, the new rear structure means the 570GT is heavier than its 570S sister car; the GT weighs 1350kg dry, compared with the 1313kg of the S.
This has had a minuscule impact on performance; the 0-62mph time is 3.4sec (up 0.2sec from the 570S) and
the 0-124mph time is 9.8sec (up 0.3sec). Top speed is 204mph, which is the same
as the 570S can manage. The gearbox is the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic unit, driving the rear wheels.
Once the Sports Series range is complete, McLaren should be at its annual production target of 4000 cars by 2017, which it will maintain until 2019. It plans to build around 3000 cars this year, two-thirds of which will be in the Sports Series (the 650S range of supercars is the Super Series and the P1 is the Ultimate Series).