Building on from the success of the McLaren GT, the British marque has unveiled the replacement model called the GTS. It promises similar grand touring characteristics with even stronger supercar performance.
The McLaren GTS looks – and is – very similar to the GT but it does showcase various updates, including a revised front bumper bar and lower intake section, with taller and larger air scoops on the rear haunches and tweaked trimmings.
Underneath it all the new GTS is based on McLaren’s MonoCell II-T monocoque platform consisting mostly of carbon fibre, including a roof made from recycled carbon fibre. As per one of McLaren’s core characteristics, the GTS is light in weight, tipping the scales at 1520kg.
Taking a look inside and you’ll see McLaren hasn’t applied its latest operating system and user interface setup, as seen in the Artura. Instead, it retains the aged 10.25-inch instrument cluster and 7.0-inch touch-screen.
It does run a 10-core processor to ensure fast loading times, although McLaren hasn’t specifically said if this is new. The main touch-screen comes with HERE-equipped sat-nav and real-time traffic, digital radio, and offers media streaming. Buyers can also opt for a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker sound system for added audio pleasure.
The GTS retains its focus as being a practical supercar, offering a 420-litre boot at the back with an extra 150 litres available under the bonnet. With 570L combined, McLaren labels it as the most practical supercar on sale.
Behind the cabin you’ll find a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, similar to before. However, some tuning has been done to extract more grunt. It now produces 467kW, up from 456kW, and 630Nm (unchanged). As a result McLaren says 0-100km/h comes up in 3.2 seconds while 0-200km/h is passed in 8.9 seconds.
Power is sent through a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, and drivers can select between various driving modes including two new modes; Sport and Track. These are available through the Active Dynamics Panel.
Braking performance is provided by a set of 390mm front and 380mm rear carbon ceramic disc brakes, with aluminium six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston on the back. McLaren says 100-0km/h can be achieved in as little as 32 metres.
McLaren vehicles are renowned for offering a surprisingly comfortable ride (for a supercar), and that trait is set to continue thanks to twin-valve hydraulic dampers with adaptive technology and Proactive Damper Control, offering drivers a choice between Comfort, Sport and Track settings.
The new model is available to order now on a global level, with deliveries scheduled to commence in 2024. Speaking about the new model, Michael Leiters, CEO at McLaren Automotive, said:
“When you want a true supercar driving experience, the GTS delivers that; when you want to relax on a longer journey or with luggage for a weekend away, the GTS is an ideal companion. This is a car that is true to McLaren’s racing DNA but with multiple layers of ability.”
Other changes include an updated nose lift function which now takes four seconds, or around twice the speed of the outgoing system, as well as a retuned electro-hydraulic steering system. Australian prices are yet to be confirmed. See below for our video of the GT variant to spike the senses.