The McLaren GT was billed as the ‘everyday supercar‘ and it was in essence not a pure GT but more of a low-flying missile with better luggage space. In the somewhat crowded segment, it stood out for being a bonafide supercar albeit with a modicum of comfort dialled into the mix. Now, McLaren has thrown out the ‘GT’ moniker that seemed to soften the aura around the car and christened it the ‘GTS’ which instantly reminds fans of the ‘S’ heritage, namely 720S and the new 750S sibling.
The 2024 McLaren GTS receives sharper styling, more power, and some new features while also being lighter than its predecessor.
While the silhouette stays mostly the same the front bumper is new towards the lower section with wider intakes with air blades that can be optioned in gloss carbon fibre. Move to the side and the larger air scoops give it more aggression while the rear styling has a bigger rear diffuser along with dual exhausts.
As standard, the GTS comes with a gloss black finish on the exhaust, mirror caps and window surrounds. However, there’s a tonne of customization on offer, including a carbon fibre underbody pack, side skirts, rear bumper lower, and diffuser. Exterior details such as the front air intake blades, the rear fender air intakes and mirror caps can also be optioned in carbon.
McLaren has increased its colour palette with the new ‘Lava Grey’ which is added to the range alongside Mantis Green, Tanzanite Blue, and Ice White. Keen-eyed McLaren geeks will also notice the 10-spoke Turbine lightweight forged alloy wheel, available in Silver, Gloss Black, Gloss Black with Diamond Cut effect, and Orum. The standard wheel for the GTS is a 10-twin-spoke forged alloy unit.
More practical aspects of the GTS include the fact that the underbody ground clearance of 110mm can be increased to 130mm using the vehicle lift function which can now raise or lower the nose in only four seconds – more than twice as fast as before.
Despite its exotic carbon fibre chassis, it will not leave you stranded in terms of shopping space as the total capacity is a commodious 570 litres.
Inside, along with the standard Nappa leather comfort seats, new Performance and TechLux interior schemes are being added with the Performance trim getting seats upholstered in Softgrain Aniline leather and Alcantara in Jet Black or Barolo, with contrasting piping. The new TechLux interior scheme gives a choice of Aniline Leather interiors with a double piped pattern on the seats.
The other bit of good news is the addition of more power as the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine now cranks out 635PS at 7,500rpm – an additional 15PS coming from increased crankshaft torque and revised ignition timing. A launch-control function enables the GTS to hit 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds and 0-200km/h in just 8.9 seconds. The top speed of the GTS is 326km/h.
Standard is a seven-speed SSG transmission while the electro-hydraulic steering system adds a layer of feedback missing from other supercars these days. Brakes have also been beefed up with 390mm discs at the front and 380mm discs at the rear- all being carbon ceramic.
Starting at AU$419,392 plus on-road and delivery costs, the new McLaren GTS is sure to excite drivers by offering supercar driving dynamics alongside daily usability and comfort.
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