The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept is set to make its debut on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach golf course at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world’s highest-profile competitive display of collector’s cars.
The car previews series of enhancements created by McLaren’s bespoke division MSO (which was itself launched at Pebble Beach in 2012) such as an Electro-Chromic Roof, that are all destined to become available through the MSO Defined portfolio.
Firstly, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept gets a new titanium MSO Exhaust system. 30% lighter than the standard stainless steel system, the MSO Exhaust is also said to deliver a progressively richer and more characterful tone. Its heat shields are finished in a golden titanium nitride tint, visible through the rear air ducts, which naturally change colour to a blue/purple as the system heats and cools through its cycle.
Externally, the concept is finished in Elite ‘Pearl White’ paintwork, contrasted by an MSO Piano Black package which adds a deep gloss black finish to exterior details including the wheels, side skirt, front and rear and door inserts, as well as elements of the interior.
An Electro-Chromic Roof – currently in development for the 570GT – takes the standard-fit glass roof with UV-protective interlayer and adds a further electro-chromic interlayer. Using a touch-sensitive headlining, it can be adjusted through five defined points from almost clear to a dark tint, adding a further level of comfort and privacy for occupants.
Completing the exterior are MSO Defined Full-Length Sill Panels in Gloss Carbon Fibre, covering the entire length of the 570 GT’s sills.
The cabin features a ‘By McLaren’ luxury interior in Saddle Tan with an integrated 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Hi-Fi system. An MSO Defined Carbon Fibre Interior Pack in Gloss Lacquer sees interior components, door inserts and tunnel sides all finished in a rich gloss lacquer.
On the practical side, the front luggage area provides 150 litres of stowage, while a further 220 litres of space is available behind the seats on the leather-lined Touring Deck.
Beneath the skin, independent adaptive dampers can be dynamically adjusted while electro-hydraulic steering offers a two percent reduced ratio, specifically designed to smooth out driver inputs at high cruising speed.
The 570GT is fitted with the McLaren-developed 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 M838TE engine. Power and torque output is 570PS (562bhp) and 600 Nm (443lb ft) respectively and power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless-shift transmission with adjustment through Normal, Sport and Track settings.
In common with all McLaren models since the introduction of the MP4-1 Formula 1 car in 1981, the 570GT uses a carbon fibre chassis. The MonoCell II debuted in the 570S Coupé, and is shared across the Sports Series models. Weighing only 75kg yet still extremely stiff, the chassis contributes to a dry weight of 1,350kg (2,976lb).
This delivers performance of 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 9.8 seconds, and a top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph).
Fuel economy is 26.6 mpg (10.7 l/100 km) on the EU combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 249 g/km.