REMEMBER THAT EPISODE of The Simpsons where Marge buys a Chanel dress? To impress newly acquired wealthy friends, she keeps making alterations to change the look, producing a whole series of outfits from the same piece of pink cloth. That’s basically how the highest of the high-end automakers work: They create one or two great cars, amortize the R&D costs over several years, and keep things interesting by producing an endless series of variations on the core models.
For McLaren, the original Chanel is McLaren’s excellent 650S. The latest spinoff is the 570GT, the supercar it will reveal at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
Since introducing the $265k 650S in 2014, McLaren has introduced sevenvariations that take its underlying platform and core components—including a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine—and tweak them one way or another. The 675LT is a stripped down, souped-up track warrior, for example. It comes as a convertible, too. The limited edition 650S “Can-Am” is an homage to the brand’s racing heritage.
The new 570GT is the third model in McLaren’s “Sports Series,” its line of more affordable models that aren’t quite as ludicrous as those at the upper end of the range. It’s preceded by the 540C and the 570S Coupe, which go for $165,000 and $184,00, respectively (at this level, “more affordable” is relative).
The 570GT may not match the raw numbers of the 650S, but the specs are nothing to laugh at. The car sends 562 horsepower to the rear wheels, along with 433 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with a total weight of under 3,000 pounds (thanks largely to a carbon fiber core that weighs just 165 pounds), and you can run from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and top out at 204 mph.
This car’s not all about track times—it’s supposed to be “road biased,” which is McLaren’s way of saying your body won’t hate you after five minutes at the wheel. Features include a standard eight-speaker audio system, a refined electro-hydraulic steering system that makes it easier to keep the car in control at high speeds, and a panoramic glass roof. McLaren boasts the 570GT offers 12.4 cubic feet of storage space—almost enough for a carry-on bag. Surprisingly, the car delivers a very respectable 19 mpg (again, all things relative with supercars), though if your driving style actually lets you see that number in this car, you should’ve bought a Camry and saved you money.
McLaren hasn’t said just what the 570GT will go for when it goes on sale later this year, but it’s likely to be in the same ballpark as the $184,000 570S.
- Source: Wired Photo: McLaren