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Geneva LIVE: 2017 McLaren 570GT

The 570GT was developed for buyers who want to use their supercar on a regular basis.

McLaren has expanded its Sport Series with a new model called 570GT.

While the 570S was designed for hot laps at the track, the 570GT was developed for buyers who want to use their supercar on a regular basis. Designers have consequently given the GT a more fastback-like silhouette and added a glass hatch mounted on a carbon fiber frame. The longer roof line frees up 7.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the seats, which bring the 570's total cargo capacity up to 12.4 cubes.

Accessed via doors that boast a greater opening arc, the cabin offers niceties such as power-adjustable heated seats with a memory function, posh leather upholstery on nearly every surface, an eight-speaker sound system, and an electric steering column. A standard panoramic glass roof fills the cabin with sun light, while a quieter exhaust makes it easier to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Like the 570S, the 570GT uses a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers 562 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 443 lb-ft. of torque from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm. Bolted to a seven-speed automatic transmission that spins the rear wheels, the eight-cylinder sends the 2,976-pound GT from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, from zero to 124 mph in 9.8 seconds, and on to a top speed of 204 mph. Fuel economy nonetheless checks in at 19 mpg in a mixed cycle.

McLaren has tossed out the 570S' carbon ceramic brakes and replaced them with iron discs. The company has also improved the 570's day-to-day usability by making the suspension softer, and by slightly reducing the steering system's ratio.

The 2017 McLaren 570GT will go on sale shortly and deliveries are scheduled to kick off later this year. Pricing information hasn't been published yet.

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