McLaren’s comfortable grand tourer will still make supercars blush

The 2024 McLaren GTS replaces the GT, and packs more power and a more aggressive look. It’s priced from $419,392 before on-road costs.

The mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 pumps out 11kW more power than the outgoing GT thanks to more aggressive combustion phasing and revised ignition timing, for a total output of 467kW at 7500rpm.

It produces an unchanged 630Nm of torque, between 5500 and 6500rpm.

Drive is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to the rear wheels.

Its 0-100km/h time is 3.2 seconds – identical to the GT – and it has a top speed of 326km/h. It does have a fractionally quicker 0-200km/h time, however, at 8.9 seconds, down from 9.0 seconds.

McLaren says the GTS has its own unique tune for its electro-hydraulic steering system, adaptive suspension and carbon ceramic braking system.

It’s shod with 390mm brake discs and six-piston aluminium calipers up front and 380mm discs and four-piston aluminium calipers at the rear.

These sit behind 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels in Pirelli P Zero tyres; the wheels have two new designs, each of which can be had in multiple different finishes.

McLaren’s Proactive Damper Control allows you to choose between three different suspension modes: Comfort, Sport and Track.

A vehicle lift system also allows you to raise the GTS’ ground clearance of 110mm to 130mm, and the nose can be lowered or raised in four seconds, which is more than twice as fast as in the GT.

As with the GT, McLaren promises the driving excitement and light weight of one of its sports cars plus the ride comfort, refinement and luggage space desired for “routine drives and extended journeys”.

Underpinned by McLaren’s carbon-fibre MonoCell II-T monocoque chassis and featuring a recycled carbon-fibre roof, the GTS weighs just 1520kg.

McLaren says this makes it the lightest car in its class, with a segment-best power-to-weight ratio of 307kW per tonne.

The GTS is distinguished from the GT with its new lower front bumper section, with larger, more pronounced air intakes. The air blades inside these can be finished in gloss carbon fibre.

Likewise, you can option the air scoops on the rear fenders in the same material, and these scoops are also taller for greater airflow to the V8 engine.

There’s a large diffuser down back and dual exhaust outlets, with an optional Sports Exhaust system available.

The GTS features a gloss black finish for its exhaust finisher, mirror caps and window surrounds, and you can add more carbon fibre with an underbody carbon pack that sees the material used on the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser.

New paint colours include Mantis Green, Tanzanite Blue, Ice White and Lava Grey, the latter of which has a shimmering red fleck to it.

Inside, there’s a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 7.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and DAB digital radio.

Nappa leather upholstery is standard, though you can also opt for Softgrain Aniline leather and Alcantara. Other options include a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system and a panoramic glass roof with an electrochromic glazed panel offering five different modes.

As with the exterior, you can opt to add more carbon-fibre trim inside including on the paddle shifters.

McLaren touts the practicality of the GTS, with 420L of cargo space at the rear, plus another 150L up front.

The company says the GTS is available to order now, and we’ve contacted McLaren to confirm when Australian deliveries will begin.

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