World-famous supercar builder McLaren has a number of horses in its stable, but the 570S is its most accessible — and the 570GT is a super-luxurious and actually relatively practical version on top of that chassis. Now, unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the 570GT by McLaren Special Operations Concept is an extra layer of cool on top of that — and has a superlightweight titanium exhaust and an automatically-tinting sunroof.
Electrochromic windows are one of the more famous features of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner — but this is the first time we've seen them put to use on a road-going McLaren (some super-high-end Mercedes and Maybachs have it), and that's made even cooler by the fact that you can control the opacity of said sunroof by swiping your finger up or down the 570GT by MSO Concept's headliner.
McLaren "takes the standard-fit glass roof with UV-protective interlayer, and adds a further electro-chromic interlayer. Using a touch-sensitive headlining, the Electro-Chromic Roof can be adjusted through five defined points from almost clear to a rich, dark tint, adding a further level of comfort, privacy and protection for occupants." Now we just want it on every other window, along with an exemption from Australia's confusing window tint laws.
The other fancy feature of the 570GT by MSO Concept is a fully titanium exhaust. That might sound a bit pedestrian, but it's 30 per cent lighter than the standard stainless steel system and when you're talking about the 570GT's twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre engine, there's a lot of plumbing under the (rear) hood to work with. Titanium also handles heat a lot better than stainless despite being lighter, so that translates into better performance too.
In standard MSO fashion there's also a goodly treatment of carbon fibre inside and out — door sills and a whole bunch of dashboard and centre console trim — as well as the actual MonoCell II chassis itself, which weighs in at only 75kg of the 570GT's 1350kg kerb weight. The car gets the standard 570GT engine, 420kW (562bhp, 470PS) at 7500rpm and 600Nm at 5000-6500rpm, all running through a sequential dual-clutch seven speed ‘box, dispatching 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds on to a top speed of 328km/h. [McLaren]