McLaren 570GT Coupe (2016 -) Comfort

Review by Keith Jones on
4.8
Second of what will become a three bodystyle Sports Series family is the McLaren 570GT, a slightly softer, more comfortable take on a high-performance two-seater from the Woking-based manufacturer. Like the rortier McLaren 570S and entry-level 540C, the 570GT is a coupe, but unlike the other two with their aerodynamic rear buttresses, this one has a side-hinged glass tailgate instead of a vented engine cover, liberating a further 220 litres of storage space in the process.

4.8 out of 5

Comfort

  • Pleasantly compliant adaptive suspension
  • Light, airy cabin cossets the occupants
  • Still awkward to get in and out of

As high performance supercars go, the degree of comfort afforded by the McLaren 570GT is extraordinary, especially when you consider that its handling remains sharp, focused and engaging.

For the greatest degree of suppleness you’ll need to keep the 570GT in the Normal driving mode – Sport and Track are far stiffer. Here it remains remarkably compliant across rougher asphalt, yet when cornering speeds increase the McLaren maintains its composure impressively.

Getting into the car is the least comfortable part of the McLaren experience – the doors swing upwards and outwards, but the sill is still quite thick, if narrower than on the 650S models. Once you’re ensconced into the seats you’re fine though, with everything falling immediately to hand.

Specifically for the GT there’s a glass roof, while the side-hinged tailgate also allows more light to permeate into the snug cabin.

Further evidence of the extra refinement offered by the 570GT includes the revised steering ratios making the car less darty, extra sound-deadening material around the engine housing and a quieter exhaust – although a rortier number can still be specified if desired.

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

  • Two boots although neither is large
  • Lack of oddments storage in the cabin
  • Daintily sized, easy to manoeuvre in town

With the addition of a third door to access a second boot – or Touring Deck – the McLaren 570GT is a significantly more practical proposition than the 540C and 570S coupes, as well as every other high-performance car it competes directly with.

The nose cone hides 150 litres of boot space while there’s an extra 220 litres of leather-lined room immediately behind the cabin, on top of the engine. While it’s useful to have the extra space, it’s a shallow area limiting what you can carry in it.

Depending on which side the steering wheel’s located, the glass hinges on the left or the right – UK cars are attached on the right-hand side allowing you to access the Touring Deck from the safety of the kerb, although it’s still a bit awkward to lean into.

You have to be selective about the odds and ends you intend to store in the cabin with particular emphasis in making them small and few in number. There’s the obligatory pair of cupholders mounted low down under the dashboard requiring all the dexterity of Mr Tickle to reach your beverages on the move.

Compact dimensions mean the 570GT isn’t especially daunting around town, although parking sensors and a reversing camera make the job even easier. Pity that the camera display is noticeably small on the dashboard-mounted vertical touchscreen – and the resolution is on the low side, too.

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How does the boot space compare?

170 litres
McLaren 570GT Coupe (16 on)
150 litres
115 litres
4.4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

  • High-quality interior
  • Leather seems to be everywhere
  • Logically laid-out controls

There’s a distinct coherence between the swoopy, soft curves of the McLaren 570GT’s exterior design and the minimalist approach of the interior.

For some it may feel too uncluttered, bereft of buttons and consequently smacking of a lack of standard equipment – but don’t be fooled.

Quality is high, with a fine leather wrapping for virtually every surface your fingers are likely to caress. All of the switchgear is designed in-house by McLaren – no bought in buttons here – and it feels satisfying to use.

That’s not something you could say about the portrait-oriented touchscreen. The idea’s fine in principle but it barely feels any bigger than a large smartphone and consequently proves a bit fiddly to hit the right virtual buttons on the first time of asking.

Finding a comfortable driving position is relatively straightforward once you’ve learned to use the electric controls, which feel counterintuitive. Taller drivers may lament not being able to recline the seats back while still having lots of legroom – the rear bulkhead forces the seat base forward as you relax the angle of the upper half of your body.

All round visibility is good with plenty of glass and relatively slim pillars meaning you’re not impeded too severely.