7 June 2016
The name of this McLaren sums up its ambition: 570GT, i.e. Gran Turismo. The British manufacturer, which in 2010 branched out into the construction of supercars, has launched its first model made more for the road than for the racetrack, a dream car attentive to both comfort and performance. The chassis is the same as that is its sisters 540C and 570S, with a carbon-fiber tub, the engine is still a twin turbo V8 and the transmission is identical (seven-speed, twin-clutch). What have changed instead are some details that make it better suited to people interested in driving an exclusive and elegant two-seater sports car on a daily basis. The first is the 220 liters of trunk space, in addition to the 150 of the standard front storage space. To create this extra space they have even modified the design: access to the compartment is via a side-opening glass hatch, a solution that has meant a more streamlined back end and ensures a constant and abundant supply of light inside the vehicle. Modifications have also been made to the trim, thanks to a less rigid setting of the suspension: a reduction of 15% in front and 10% at the rear. The steering has been recalibrated to make it softer, and less demanding while driving, on the expressway for example, and it is fitted with Pirelli P Zero tires, better suited to a GT car than the P Zero Corsa. The dry weight has been kept incredibly low, around 1,350 kg (as opposed to 1,311 for the S), thanks to the carbon-fiber frame, which weighs less than 80 kg, and the aluminum panels of the bodywork. The performance remains that of a supercar: from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 328. Electronic settings give the car different spirits: purely for the road or sporty, ready to be put through its paces with the Track setting that can be activated by two switches that also manage the setup of the stability control and driveline. The noise of the exhaust has been lowered by a few decibels, but that of the sister 570S is available as an optional. McLaren, in short, has not forgotten its origins in motor racing, but has succeeded in designing a thoroughbred Grand Tourer: powerful, sophisticated and innovative.