If you want to set a new lap record at (Insert favorite racetrack), then a nice supercar is what you need. But, if you need to grab your weekly groceries, or pick someone up from the airport, then a supercar might not be the best tool for the job. They are loud, boisterous, and full of emotion. And by, I mean they are inefficient, small, and hardly what one would call practical. Luckily, McLaren have realized this problem and have just revealed their solution.
The 570GT is McLaren’s attempt to make a supercar practical. Based off their Sport Series platform, the 570GT packs a 3.8l twin-turbo V8, which produces 562hp and 443 lb*ft of torque, which is the same as the 570S. There is liberal use of carbon fiber throughout the car, and it’ll top out at 204mph, again similar to the 570S.
Up until now, the 570GT seems to be exactly like the 570S…but it isn’t. The 570S weighs roughly 2900lbs, while the 570GT weighs roughly 3000lbs. This means that the 570GT is slightly slower to 60, taking 3.4s compared to the 570S’s 3.2s. This added weight is the result of two major factors. The first is that the 570GT comes with more standard equipment than the 570S, like a 1200-watt Bower and Wilken’s sound system. The second factor, where the practicality comes in, is that the 570GT comes with a relatively huge rear hatch, situated above where the engine resides.
Now, this may seem like a too simple solution to a relatively big problem (which it is), but so is using duct tape to fix (insert anything really). Sometimes, the simple solution is the best solution. The new hatch provides a near 8 cubic foot increase in the storage space over the 570S. For perspective, 8 cubic feet should be able to handle a week’s worth of groceries, or a few carryon bags with ease.
The rear hatch is lined with leather, and is accessed by a side opening glass window. To accommodate this hatch, the rear has been blown up a bit however it still doesn’t look like as practical as it is!
The 570GT will start just under $200,000. Deliveries begin in late 2016. Stay tuned into OhSoLofty for more coverage of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.