Image Cache: McLaren is known for its all-out performance cars — namely the P1, 675LT and the classic world-beating F1 — but the company chose the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix to introduce its newest and most practical car to Australia. The brand new McLaren 570GT is the company’s most comfortable and road-biased car ever, but it’ll still set you back a cool $438,000 in Australia.
The new McLaren 570GT may be luxurious, but it’s still a McLaren sports car through and through. 0-100km/h is dispatched in 3.4 seconds, 0-200 in 9.8 seconds, and it’ll run a quarter mile in 11.1 seconds all the way on to a top speed of 328km/h. That McLaren signature 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 develops 420kW (562bhp, 470PS) at 7500rpm and 600Nm at 5000-6500rpm, all running through a sequential dual-clutch seven speed ‘box. McLaren says it’ll still return a combined fuel figure of only 10.7 litres per 100km, though, which is crazy given its performance credentials.
Speaking to Gizmodo, McLaren’s chief designer Robert Melville said that the 570GT was probably the least compromised car that the company had ever made, with the injection of some serious luxury costing very little in terms of performance and weight — the new car weighs 1350kg versus the stripped-back, performance-focused 570S‘ 1313kg. That few kilos means a lot in comfort and everyday capability, though — and it’s more than just padding underneath the leather.
The 570GT has a glass hatch rear windscreen that hinges outwards sideways to reveal access to the car’s rear luggage space — McLaren calls it the “touring deck”, and it’s leather-trimmed like the rest of the car — where several bags can be placed, and that’s before you need the front trunk’s extra storage. If you want to make “optimal” use of the space, you can order McLaren-branded luggage designed to fit properly within.
The luxury extends upwards and outwards; there’s a panoramic glass roof above the full leather interior across the doors and seats and dash, a digital dashboard and McLaren’s distinctive central tablet multimedia interface in the centre. 570GT branding on the carbon fibre door sills, and a corner-to-corner lip spoiler complete the look of what is a stunningly gorgeous piece of sex on wheels. I want one, and it’ll be out in Australia towards the end of 2016.