2017 McLaren 570GT

2017 McLaren 570GT

The 2017 McLaren 570GT is the British automaker’s entry-level model. Along with its sister car, the 570S, it slots into the company’s sports series. Like all other McLarens bar the all-new 720S, it uses a version of McLaren’s 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car makes extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber, including the central carbon-fiber MonoCell II. Although this may be the lowliest of all McLarens, it’s still faster and more capable than 99 percent of all cars on the road.

While the 570S is a track-focused sports car, as the name implies, the 570GT is a grand tourer. The suspension is a bit softer, the sound insulation is a bit better, and there’s an extra parcel shelf above the engine. The car has a handsome, purposeful design thats both sleek and exotic. The $210,400 price point puts it head-to-head against the Audi R8 V10 Plus, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, and the Lamborghini Huracán 580-2. We spent a few days in the 570S, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive from our staff.

The 570GT is part of McLaren’s sports series, but with a mid-mounted 562-hp V8 and carbon-fiber MonoCell II chassis, it certainly feels like it belongs in the supercar realm. With a sticker of $210,400, you’re right in top-shelf 911 and R8 territory. I’d put my money on this McLaren.

The ride was surprisingly smooth and comfortable as well. These observations are all relative, of course, but the 570GT did not exhibit the jaw-rattling stiffness on public roads that I’ve come to expect from vehicles of this breed. The road and steering feel was still sharp, with plenty of feedback; but the wheel wasn’t being tugged from my grip while traversing modest bumps in the road.

I’d still probably prefer the naturally aspirated V10s (or powerful electric motors, for that matter) found on similarly priced rivals, but the acceleration of the 570GT was still awe-inspiring. Zero to 30 feels fast, but then the twin-turbos kick in to launch you into hyperspace. It’s not as linear as acceleration in an R8, for example, but it’s oddly satisfying. The 570GT’s turbos start pulling harder at a point where you already feel like you’re at peak acceleration. The experience left some friends and family speechless.

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