A grand touring (GT) car is a performance model that has been dialed back to provide extra comfort and space for long-distance driving. With the McLaren 570GT, it's hard to make that connection, as it looks for all the world like the brand's 570S supercar. In fact, the two are very closely related, but the 570GT has a softer suspension, a quieter exhaust and a hatchback body style that gives it additional cargo space.
That said, the 570GT is no shrinking violet when it comes to performance. Lightweight carbon-fiber construction, incredible handling and a mid-mounted turbocharged V8 make it a top-shelf performer. And while the ride is far from Buick-smooth, it's remarkably comfortable considering how well the car hangs on in the corners. We've come to regard the 570S as one of the more livable supercars, and the McLaren 570GT is the perfect companion for rapid long-distance travel.
Current McLaren 570GT
The McLaren 570GT is sold in a single trim level that includes leather upholstery, an adaptive suspension, and keyless entry and ignition. Much of the standard equipment is geared toward long-distance driving comfort, including power-adjustable seats with heating and memory function, an eight-speaker stereo and navigation. There is long list of stand-alone options, comprising everything from carbon-ceramic brakes to a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, which allow McLaren 570GT buyers to customize the car to their tastes.
The 570GT is powered by a 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 that delivers 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. While we haven't performance-tested the 570GT, we clocked a 570S (which uses the same powertrain) to 60 mph in an incredible 2.9 seconds. The 570GT is slightly heavier, but we expect its performance to be equally impressive. Braking is similarly abrupt, with the 570S delivering an extraordinary stopping distance from 60 mph of just 95 feet. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes with their short pedal travel do require a firm foot before they will bite.
Handling is, as you would expect, exquisite, with the 570GT relying on light weight rather than electronic wizardry for its finely honed edge. The 570GT does feel light on its feet and eager to turn in. And while it doesn't have the supernatural levels of grip associated with a typical hypercar, it's easy to feed in the power as you rocket out of the turns, and you can easily kick out the tail with a well-timed stab of the throttle.
The 570GT is more softly sprung than the 570S, and though it's certainly not the most plush-riding grand tourer we've driven, the ride is supple but not over-damped. There's more road noise than we expected, and despite a quieter exhaust system, there's still quite a din from the engine. We don't mind that too much. But we wish the power-adjustable seats had a bit more padding and more adjustments.
For a supercar, the McLaren 570GT is surprisingly livable. Entry and exit are never easy in a low-slung car with scissor-style doors. But once inside, the 570GT offers a decent amount of room, though the footwells are rather crowded. Front and rear trunks offer a total of 12 cubic feet of storage, enough for a weekend getaway for two, provided both are willing to pack light. All in all, the McLaren 570GT is a talented alternative to GTs and supercars from Italy and Germany.
Used McLaren 570GT Models
The McLaren 570GT was introduced as a new model for the 2017 model year. It is largely derived from McLaren's 570S (reviewed separately).
Read the most recent 2017 McLaren 570GT review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used McLaren 570GT page.