A stunning new sports car replaces the GT in the automaker’s lineup.
With a new name and familiar looks, McLaren has introduced the GTS, a facelifted rendition of the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive GT.
Like the GT, the GTS delivers a more luxurious experience than the uncompromising McLaren 750S, while deliver a freshened interior and more power for the new model year.
This is a car that is true to McLaren’s racing DNA but with multiple layers of ability,” said Michael Leiters, CEO, McLaren Automotive. “The new McLaren GTS offers an unmatched blend of McLaren driving dynamics and performance, with refinement and practicality.
“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.”
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Credit the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine, now rated at 626 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, for producing a 0-60 mph run of 3.1 seconds.
That speeds comes courtesy of McLaren’s lightweight engineering philosophy that employs a unique carbon fiber monocoque chassis that uses recycled carbon fiber in its roof panel.
Weighing in at 3,351 pounds, the McLaren GTS spots a power-to-weight ratio of 412 bhp-per-ton. Top speed is 203 mph.
Launch control, an adaptive suspension, 7-speed sequential gearbox and
carbon ceramic brakes are standard. Not surprisingly, Pirelli supplies P Zero tires developed specially for the GTS.
The EPA rates the McLaren GTS at 15 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
Design updates on the exterior included a new lower front bumper section with more pronounced sculpted air intakes. Meanwhile, the rear fenders, new, taller air scoops, which are available in gloss-finished carbon fiber.
There’s also a large rear diffuser and dual exhausts, with more gloss black accent detailing.
And buyers can opt to finish their GTS in Mantis Green, Tanzanite Blue, Ice White, and Lava Gray — all of which are new for 2024.
The Inside Story
The 2024 McLaren GTS retains its predecessor’s impressive trunk space, with 14.8 cubic feet in the back and another 5.3 cubic feet up front in the frunk.
Machine polished knurled aluminum switches and Nappa leather trim augment the seats that are covered in aniline leather and Alcantara.
The offer a comfy perch from which to view the 10.25-inch digital instrument display and 7-inch portrait style infotainment touchscreen. A 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system with carbon fiber sub-bass woofers and Kevlar mid-range drive units is optional.
The GTS comes with a standard gloss black roof panel, but a glass panoramic roof with an electrochromic glazed panel is available.
McLaren didn’t release pricing, however.
Regardless of the revisions, McLaren carries on the tradition established by Bruce McLaren 60 years ago. The company continues its long practice of producing uncompromising racing and road cars.
And thank goodness for that.