;rive The new 570GT drives like one of McLaren’s feisty Formula One cars,
but with the comforts—and luggage space—you need to go the real-world distance.
By Lawrence Ulrich
;;;; ;;;;;; ;;;; ;;;;;;; a little su;ering, providing
brutally sti; rides and barely enough room to pack a
s wimsuit and toothbrush. Then there’s the new McLaren
570GT: designed for speed, not sacrifice.
Built in England by the pioneers of light weight carbon-fibre construction, the 570GT’s bona fides include a
3.3-second dash to 60 mph and a blistering 204 mph top
speed. A t win-turbocharged V- 8 with 562 horsepower
nestles behind the driver and passenger for ideal handling
balance. But once you duck under the skyscraping dihedral
doors, the 570GT becomes a surprisingly accommodating
wingman for any weekend escape. A set of console toggle
switches lets the driver tailor the ride, engine and trans-
mission to smooth the journey over rough roads, while
new foam-filled Pirelli P Zero tire technology absorbs
unwanted noise and vibration in the cabin. And the 570GT
more than doubles the luggage space of its more hard-core
counterpart, the 570S, thanks to a strikingly redesigned
fastback roof that integrates a pop-up glass hatch to access
a leather-s waddled luggage deck.
But don’t think this McLaren has gone soft: The 570GT
tackles the open road like it’s one of the British automaker’s
famed Formula One race cars. It’s meant for those who
consider getting behind the wheel to be pure pleasure.
MonoCell II, the racing-bred, carbon-fibre
chassis, delivers optimum crash protection
while weighing just 75 kilograms.
The 570GT’s dramatic dihedral doors
are the swing-up signature of Frank
Stephenson, McLaren’s chief designer.
The touring deck is the GT’s practical pièce
de résistance: a beautifully finished cargo
space above the mid-mounted engine.
There’s more than
one way to get around
with a McLaren: Its
used in the Tour de
France, are some of
the best in the world,
and the 2014 U. K.
team raced a McLaren
bobsled to Olympic
gold in Sochi.