McLaren replaces GT with new look GTS

McLaren has launched the replacement for its popular GT, unveiling the 2024 GTS. Super lightweight, it’s engineered to provide dynamic driving excellence in partnership with ride comfort, refinement and luggage space.

The elegant exterior lines of the GT remain the basis of the car’s aerodynamic package and profile, but new visual enhancements mean that the GTS is even more assertive. At the front of the GTS, the ‘hammerhead’ signature styling has been updated.

This area features newly sculpted, wider air intakes that are more pronounced, and channel more air into the car’s radiator system. The front blades can be optioned in gloss visual carbon fibre, reflecting McLaren’s racing DNA and giving the GTS a more aggressive look.

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On the rear fenders, new, taller air scoops – also available in gloss visual carbon fibre – are sited on the car’s shoulders. Like the redesigned front end, the enhancements on the rear fenders are functional, enabling greater airflow into the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine.

The muscular visuals and surfacing of the GTS include a large rear diffuser and dual exhausts – the latter also part of a package that delivers a raw supercar soundtrack on demand, with the optional sports exhaust system.

As standard, the GTS comes with a gloss black finish on the exhaust finisher, mirror caps and window surrounds, for a stealthy appearance by default. New GTS badging, including new side badges, can be tinted with a black finish by selecting the Stealth Badge Pack.

Visual carbon fibre options include an underbody carbon pack, which encompasses the front splitter, side skirts, rear bumper lower and diffuser. The front air intake blades, the rear fender air intakes and mirror caps can also be similarly finished.

The GTS is underpinned by the carbon fibre MonoCell II-T monocoque chassis, which boasts strong, ultra-lightweight construction and the rigidity demanded by a mid-engine McLaren supercar.

The standard composite roof is made from recycled carbon fibre, one of many weight saving solutions within the construction of the GTS that contributes towards optimal vehicle performance and dynamics.

These choices are instrumental in enabling the GTS to deliver a thrilling lightweight supercar driving experience, without deterioration in ride quality, or unnecessary noise, harshness and vibration.

At just 1,520kg, the GTS is the lightest car in its class, with the engine delivering 467kW of power thanks to increased crankshaft torque, enabled by more aggressive combustion phasing and revised ignition timing.

The powerplant is married to a smooth 7-speed SSG transmission. A launch-control function is standard; when enabled, the GTS hits 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds and 0-200km/h in just 8.9 seconds. The maximum speed of the GTS is 326km/h.

Driving modes include Comfort, Sport and Track. Manual control of gearshifts is possible using the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters in any of the drive modes. Standard suspension features adaptive damping with proactive damping control.

Powerful 390mm front and 380mm rear carbon ceramic brakes are unique to the GTS too. The steering is ultra-precise and accurate, and the system automatically increases its level of assistance at low speeds, for ease-of-use during parallel or bay parking.

Underbody ground clearance of 110mm can be increased to 130mm using the vehicle lift function. Enhanced over the GT’s system, the GTS vehicle lift can now raise or lower the nose in only four seconds – more than twice as fast as before.

420-litres of boot space can be accessed via a front-hinged, full-length glass tailgate that is electrically operated and incorporates a soft close function. This is complemented by a 150-litre storage area within the nose of the car.

Inside, a comfortable cabin features machine polished and knurled aluminium switches and controls, comfort seats upholstered with Nappa leather trim and a leather trimmed steering wheel. New Performance and TechLux interior schemes are also available.

The 10.25-inch digital instrument display, with its crisp and sharp graphics, provides a clear view of vital driver information such as speed, gear selection and engine revs, and integrates with the standard navigation system to provide turn-by-turn directions.

The GTS also features a portrait 7.0-inch central touchscreen infotainment system, with satellite navigation (including real-time traffic), Bluetooth telephone connectivity and media streaming, and DAB+ digital radio.

A Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system comprising 12-speakers, along with carbon fibre sub-bass woofers and Kevlar mid-range drive units is optionally available. Interior illumination by way of hidden-until-lit six-colour ambient lighting is also offered.

Alongside an extended and refreshed palette of exterior paints, including new options such as Mantis Green, Tanzanite Blue and Ice White, there is a new colour exclusive to the GTS from launch: Lava Grey.

Optional 10-spoke Turbine lightweight forged alloy wheels are available, and the GTS is fitted with Pirelli P ZERO tyres developed specially for this car. It comes with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty, with the option to extend for up to 12 years.

Local pricing will start from $419,392 plus on-roads. You can find out more on the McLaren Automotive website, or by contacting your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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