McLaren will expand its Sports Series family of cars at the Geneva motor show in March. The 570GT will join the 570S and 540C as the most “road-biased” coupe in the lineup. McLaren says the new car is made for long-distance comfort, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from putting it on a racetrack anyway.
The 570GT, like the rest of the Sport Series, features easier ingress and egress than the Super and Ultimate Series lineup. The GT is the only one that gets a side folding rear hatch, which makes for about 8 extra cubic feet of storage space. The front trunk continues to provide about 5 more cubes.
Inside the cabin, buyers are treated to a fixed glass roof with sound and solar insulation, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, navigation and more. A range of “By McLaren” customizations are also available.
As for tech, the 570GT comes with rear parking sensors, an electric steering column with entry and exit functions and a 1280-watt sound system with a subwoofer. A TFT LCD digital instrument cluster sits in the center of the dash.
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The 570GT sticks with McLaren’s high-strung 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In this application, it makes 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed transmission adjusts with the drive mode selector through normal, sport and track modes. The sprint to 62 mph takes 3.4 seconds, 124 mph is passed at 9.8 seconds and top speed is an impressive-for-a-road-biased-car 204 mph.
McLaren softened the suspension on the 570 by 15 percent in front and 10 percent in back while the electro-hydraulic steering system has been reworked to smooth out driver inputs.
The GT gets iron-disc brakes measuring 14.5 inches in front and 13.7 inches in back. Surrounding those discs are Pirelli P-Zero tires, 19s in front, 20s in back. P-Zero Corsa tires are optional.
The 570GT will make its debut in Geneva next month, and goes on sale late in 2016. McLaren set the price in the U.K. at 154,000 pounds; here it will cost $198,950.