McLaren is breathing new life into its GT model, with substantial changes inside and out and more power for the acclaimed V8 engine.
In essence, this McLaren is anything but the facelift version of the well-known GTwhich again comes to the fore aiming acclaimed sports coupe models of the global automotive chessboardsuch as the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the Bentley Continental GT.
Design-wise, touches of differentiation are limited. However, immediately distinguishable for the friends of the British brand and concern the new lower part of the front bumper, which now features different air intakes to channel more air into the car’s radiator. Changes are also found in back part, thanks to redesigned aerodynamic elements that allow for improved airflow and the twin-turbo V8 engine.
Other details are different rear diffuser, the gloss black finish of the ends of the 4-liter engine as well as new details on the exterior cladding of the British coupe made of carbon.
The new GTS continues to be supported by the MonoCell II-T carbon fiber monocoque frame of McLaren, which has a strong structure but also the rigidity required of a mid-engined supercar. The roof is made of recycled carbon fiber, one of the many weight-saving solutions incorporated in the new GTS, which contributes to the vehicle’s optimal performance and dynamics.
One of the most important achievements of the car is its low weight – by the standards of the category. With barely 1,520 kg, McLaren claims that this is the top model in its category in terms of weight/power ratio, ie 418 hp per ton.
The power of the twin-turbo V8 engine and the code name M840TE has increased to 635 hp at 7,500 rpm According to McLaren, the additional 15 hp of the 4-liter total come from the new crankshaft and revised ignition timing. The performance it ensures is impressive, with the 0-100 km/h being completed in 3.2 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 8.9 seconds. The top speed of the new GTS is 326 km/h.
Through Active Dynamics Panel, the driver now has the option of choosing two additional drive modes – Sport and Track. With 7 speed SSG gearbox to remain as it was, McLaren engineers intervened on steering wheel adjustment, in her set up adaptive suspension as well as the specifications of ceramic brakes of GTS consisting of 390 and 380 mm discs. combined with 6-piston and 4-piston calipers, respectively – just 32 meters are enough for the British coupe to come to a complete stop from 100 km/h.
Improvements were also made to front lifting system, which can now “raise” the nose of the car electronically by 20 mm. in just 4 min. ensuring more adequate ground clearance than the standard 110 mm.