2017 Mclaren 570GT By Wheelsandmore Review

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While the McLaren 570GT is still considered a part of McLaren’s Sports Series line, its status as a premium version of the 570S effectively makes it an entry-level Super Series model. Regardless of where it stands in the pecking order of McLaren’s lineup, the 570 – be it with the ’S’ suffix or the ‘GT’ – is still attracting the aftermarket world. Novitec Rosso has a program for the 570S and now, it’s Wheelsandmore’s turn to present an aftermarket kit for the 570GT that promises power levels amounting to 650 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Since this is Wheelsandmore we’re talking about, the whole program largely revolves around the supercar’s engine and wheels. Very little work was put into the exterior of the 570GT and even less so on the interior. The kit does have suspension upgrades, too, but considering what the 570GT is already capable of in that department, the improvements brought about by the height-adjustable springs are largely to help keep the front spoiler and underbody from getting damaged. Overall, the German tuner’s program for the McLaren 570 is a typically efficient and well-developed kit that spells massive improvements for the British supercar.

Exterior

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We already know what’s coming here, which isn’t a lot. Wheelsandmore rarely performs any upgrades on the aesthetics of its subject cars and it’s no different with its program for the McLaren 570GT. The good news is that the German tuner develops some of the best aftermarket wheels in the market, all of which are handcrafted and forged in-house. With regards to the 570GT, Wheelsandmore is offering a set of 20- and 21-inch 6 Sporz2 wheels wrapped in Continental Sportcontact 6 tires measuring 235/30/20 in the front and 295/30/21 in the back.

Novitec has aero offerings

In the absence of any cosmetic or aerodynamic programs from Wheelsandmore, 570GT owners can get their aero fixes through Novitec. The tuner not only has an aerodynamic kit available, but all the components that make up the kit are made from carbon fiber. Up front, there’s a new spoiler lip while the sides of the supercar get side panels and covers on the intakes. Meanwhile, the rear section gets a large wing, air intake, and more covers on the sides of the rear bumper.

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note: photo of the McLaren 570S by Novitec.

McLaren MSO to the rescue

Owners looking for a more personalized exterior for their 570GTs can opt to get them from MSO, McLaren’s own personalization division. The British automaker has given us examples of MSO’s capabilities on the 570GT, including one that comes with an Elite Pearl White color and a Black Piano package. On top of the obvious use of white and black colors on the car, the specific treatment also features deep-gloss black side skirts, front and rear bumper inserts, door inserts, new wheels, full-length sill panels in gloss carbon fiber, and an Electro Chromic roof.

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note: photo of the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept.

Interior

We’re not going to was time here talking about what Wheelsandmore could’ve done to the interior of the McLaren 570GT to spruce it up because the tuner doesn’t work on interior upgrades. Unfortunately, the same holds true for Novitec, which also has no interior upgrades to offer as part of its program for the McLaren 570S.

MSO to the rescue once again

God bless McLaren’s MSO division. In the absence of any aftermarket choices for owners of the 570GT, the British automaker’s own personalization division has them covered in a lot of different ways. Take the interior of the 570GT MSO Concept that McLaren unveiled in August 2016 as an example. There’s a lot going on in the 570’s cabin, but none are as magnetic to the eyes as the Saddle Tan upholstery that MSO used to dress up the interior. It’s posh, expensive, and downright fabulous to look at. On top of that, MSO also used its carbon fiber package, which translated to gloss lacquer-finished door inserts and center tunnel sides. On top of that, the personalization division also installed a 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Hi-Fi system.

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As impressive as this treatment of the interior of the 570S is, MSO has more options on the table for 570S or 570GT owners. There are more colors to choose from, more materials to choose from, and more importantly, there are more ways to customize the interior of the supercar in ways that the aftermarket tuning scene seem to have conceded on. That’s really what MSO and all other personalization divisions from other automakers have done. They’ve cornered this specific market to the point that tuners rarely take the time to work on them anymore. That’s neither a good thing or a bad thing for owners of cars like the 570GT because ultimately, if they want something specific for their cars, they still have ways to get it, provided they’re willing to spend for these custom upgrades.

note: interior photo of the McLaren 570GT MSO Concept.

Drivetrain

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“The output that comes out of the car’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine adds up to a total of 630 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque that’s sent to the rear wheels.”

To be clear, the lack or relative absence of any exterior and interior upgrades doesn’t mean that this Wheelsandmore program is a dud. Wheels and engine upgrades are the tuner’s specific specialties and if customers take that into account, they’re not going to be disappointed with what Wheelsandmore has to offer for the McLaren 570GT. At the heart of the engine upgrade program is a software upgrade that was developed in-house specifically for the 570GT, the 570S, and the entry-level 540C.

The resulting power levels vary depending on the model and in the case of the 570GT, the output that comes out of the car’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine adds up to a total of 630 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque that’s sent to the rear wheels. Do a little math on those numbers and the difference between the tuned-570 GT and the standard model adds up to a little more than 70 horsepower and just shy of 70 pound-feet of torque. It may not be that big of a gap, but with the extra power provided by the additions of a low-pressure exhaust system, sports catalytic converters, and the tuner’s own ECU tuning module, the 570GT becomes just as powerful as the McLaren 650S and actually has a little bit more torque compared to the entry-level Super Series supercar. Translate that to performance times and the Wheelsandmore-tuned 570GT is capable of hitting 60 mph from an idle position in just 3.1 seconds, or 0.1 seconds slower than the 650S, before spreading its wings to the tune of a top speed reaching 204 mph.

Compare the net power Wheelsandmore achieved with its engine upgrade program for the 570GT and you’ll see some similarities with Novitec’s own program for the supercar’s V-8 engine. The latter does have the advantage of providing customers with some variety because of multi-level program it’s offering for the McLaren supercar. There are three stages in the upgrade, all of which use Novitec’s N-Tronic tuning module. The Stage 1 kit brings the power output to 622 horsepower and 499 pound-feet of torque while the Stage 2 and Stage 3 kits benefit from getting a power-optimized exhaust system with the tuner’s own stainless steel tailpipes and Tectonic software upgrade.

Once properly installed, the tuner’s modifications on the 570GT’s engine creates an output of 638 horsepower and 507 pound-feet of torque from the Stage 2 kit and 646 ponies and 510 pound-feet of twist for the Stage 3 kit. The German tuner didn’t disclose the resulting performance numbers, but considering the improved output gained by the V-8 engine, the Stage 3 kit could also translate to the 570GT being able to sprint to 60 mph in the low three-seconds to go with a top speed approaching 205 mph.

Check out the table below to see where Wheelsandmore’s engine upgrade program for the McLaren 570GT compares with Novitec’s three-stage kit for the same supercar.

Tuner Horsepower Torque O to 60 MPH Top Speed
Wheelsandmore 630 horsepower 509 pound-feet 3.1 seconds 204 mph
Novitec (Stage 1) 622 horsepower 499 pound-feet 3.2 seconds* 202 mph*
Novitec (Stage 2) 638 horsepower 507 pound-feet 3.1 seconds* 204 mph*
Novitec (Stage 3) 646 horsepower 510 pound-feet 3.0 seconds* 205 mph*

Suspension

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As previously mentioned, Wheelsandmore does offer a suspension upgrade in the form of height-adjustable springs that helps keep the 570GT’s underbody from scraping the road. It sounds like a minor upgrade, but rest assured, it’s importance shouldn’t be discounted the least bit.

Pricing

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The whole cost of the program depends on what kind of wheel and engine upgrades the customer chooses. For example, a new set of wheels range from €2,350 to €2,730 depending on the style of the wheel. If a customer opts to get a set of wheels with matching Continental Sport Contact 6 tires, the costs rise up to around €10,800 to €12,000. Engine upgrades for the 570GT also vary depending on whether a customer chooses the Stage 1 kit (around €3,000) or the Stage 2 kit (about €10,500). Add the costs attributed to the stainless steel sport catalysts and exhaust with thermic protection (€6,640), the height adjustable spring kit (€1,260) and the installation of these components (€3,320), and customers should prepare to spend as much as €36,330 for the whole program. That converts to just under $40,000 based on current exchange rates.

Competition

McLaren 570S By Novitec

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Novitec’s program for the McLaren 570S stands as the only real competitor to the program developed by Wheelsandmore. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that both tuners developed multi-stage kits for the McLaren supercar with each kit providing plenty of power and performance upgrades for owners of either the 570S and the 570GT. But as far as getting real value is concerned, the fact that Novitec has an aero kit to go with its engine upgrade program and offer of news wheels gives it the slight edge over Wheelsandmore. It may end up costing more on account of having more components, but at the end of the day, those who own a 570S in the first place are unlikely to be worried about dropping a few more Benjamins to secure the upgrades they desire.

Conclusion

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There’s an argument to be made that the McLaren 570S or the 570GT are two cars that can do well even without any aftermarket upgrades. That’s largely due to the incredible work McLaren has put into its vehicles, but it’s also about the perceived excess in getting more power out of a car that already has it in abundance. But that’s not why I like Wheelsandmore’s program. I like it because it taps into the full potential of the 570GT in ways that McLaren opted not to. I like it because it opens up a whole new level of performance that the car itself is capable of giving. Most of all, I like it because I’m a fan of Wheelsandmore. It may have disappointed me on occasion for its reluctance in providing exterior and interior upgrades, but it’s work on the engines of the cars it builds programs for has never been in question.

  • Leave it
    • No exterior and interior upgrades
    • You can buy a muscle car with the cost of the program
    • Leave the McLaren 570GT as it is

(topspeed.com, https://goo.gl/apH48y)

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