McLaren Unveils GTS as Mid-Cycle Refresh for GT Model

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McLaren GTS Boasts Enhanced Power, Subtle Styling Updates, and Retains Grand Touring Features

McLaren has introduced the GTS as a mid-cycle refresh for its GT model, featuring increased power, styling tweaks, and several performance enhancements. Built on the MonoCell II-T monocoque architecture, the GTS retains the GT’s grand touring capability while introducing improvements under the hood and subtle design modifications.

Styling Updates: The GTS showcases a redesigned front bumper and taller air scoops on rear wheel arches for optimized engine cooling. Exterior elements like blades, rear fender air intakes, and mirror caps come standard in black, with an option for customization in gloss-finish carbon fiber.

Enhanced Power: The GTS is equipped with a non-hybrid 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing 626 hp—14 hp more than the GT. The power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Performance Improvements: McLaren claims a quicker 0-124 mph time of 8.9 seconds, a slight improvement over the GT. Other performance features include adaptive suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a new nose-lift system with faster operation.

Weight Reduction: The GTS is lighter by 22 pounds compared to the GT, contributing to a lower center of gravity and an improved power-to-weight ratio. The weight reduction is attributed to a recycled carbon fiber roof panel and upper structure.

Practicality: Retaining the grand touring aspect, the GTS offers 420 liters of trunk space under the glass tailgate and an additional 150 liters at the front, making it, according to McLaren, “the most practical new supercar on sale today.”

Interior Updates: The cabin remains similar to the GT but introduces new interior upholstery combinations. Technological features include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and an optional 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system.

Availability: The McLaren GTS is available for order and is expected to arrive in showrooms globally in 2024, with specific timelines yet to be detailed.

CEO’s Perspective: McLaren Automotive CEO Michael Leiters emphasized the GTS’s versatility, stating, “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.”

The GTS seeks to offer a well-rounded driving experience, blending high-performance capabilities with practicality for extended journeys. As the automotive industry anticipates further developments from McLaren, the GTS presents itself as an evolution of the GT model with enhancements across various facets.