- McLaren has unveiled a new model called the GTS, which is essentially a facelifted version of the GT.
- The GTS features the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, but now with 626 hp and 14 hp.
- There are also new colours, wheels and interior options.
McLaren doesn’t usually deviate from its carefully thought-out supercar formula, so renaming the GT to GTS is a big deal. Despite its new moniker, the car’s mission remains the same as before: to offer a little more luxury content than the more powerful 750S, while maintaining an impressive level of performance. To that end, it receives a visual update, new interior options, and some extra grunt from the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8.
The V-8 in the new GTS now produces 626 hp, 14 hp from the GT, and the same 465 lb-ft of torque. McLaren claims the new car is 22 pounds lighter than before, which will result in a slight improvement in performance. The company claims 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be quicker than that considering the old GT hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds in our testing.
The GT was already pretty good for a supercar, and the GTS looks even better thanks to a reshaped front bumper and subtle changes to the rear fenders. There’s also more gloss black trim, as well as new wheel options including the stunning 10-spoke “turbine” wheels shown here. New colors include Mantis Green, Tanzanite Blue, Ice White and Lava Grey. McLaren also says the visual changes are practical, with larger front air inlets and a sculpted rear end allowing more air to enter the radiator and engine.
On a practical level, the rear cargo area remains surprisingly spacious, as does the small trunk. McLaren says it has improved the front axle lift system, meaning it is able to lift the front of the car much more quickly than before. New interior trim includes aniline leather and Alcantara, and the seats feature a new piping pattern.
McLaren says deliveries will begin in 2024, but has not yet announced pricing for the GTS. Given the many improvements made to the GT, we think it will start at well above $210,000, and will rise much higher than that once you start customizing it with all sorts of desirable options.
Although he grew up on a steady diet of typical Honda and Toyota models — or perhaps because of it — Joey Caparella had an obsession with the automobile industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to start his first professional auto writing gig at Rice University. Car magazine. It was part of Car and driver Team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.
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