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McLaren 570GT Coupe interior, tech and comfort

2016 - 2019 (change model)
Comfort rating: 4.8 out of 54.8

Written by Keith WR Jones Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

  • High-quality interior
  • Leather seems to be everywhere
  • Logically laid-out controls

There’s a distinct coherence between the swoopy, soft curves of the McLaren 570GT’s exterior design and the minimalist approach of the interior.

For some it may feel too uncluttered, bereft of buttons and consequently smacking of a lack of standard equipment – but don’t be fooled.

Quality is high, with a fine leather wrapping for virtually every surface your fingers are likely to caress. All of the switchgear is designed in-house by McLaren – no bought in buttons here – and it feels satisfying to use.

That’s not something you could say about the portrait-oriented touchscreen. The idea’s fine in principle but it barely feels any bigger than a large smartphone and consequently proves a bit fiddly to hit the right virtual buttons on the first time of asking.

Finding a comfortable driving position is relatively straightforward once you’ve learned to use the electric controls, which feel counterintuitive. Taller drivers may lament not being able to recline the seats back while still having lots of legroom – the rear bulkhead forces the seat base forward as you relax the angle of the upper half of your body.

All round visibility is good with plenty of glass and relatively slim pillars meaning you’re not impeded too severely.

  • Pleasantly compliant adaptive suspension
  • Light, airy cabin cossets the occupants
  • Still awkward to get in and out of

As high performance supercars go, the degree of comfort afforded by the McLaren 570GT is extraordinary, especially when you consider that its handling remains sharp, focused and engaging.

For the greatest degree of suppleness you’ll need to keep the 570GT in the Normal driving mode – Sport and Track are far stiffer. Here it remains remarkably compliant across rougher asphalt, yet when cornering speeds increase the McLaren maintains its composure impressively.

Getting into the car is the least comfortable part of the McLaren experience – the doors swing upwards and outwards, but the sill is still quite thick, if narrower than on the 650S models. Once you’re ensconced into the seats you’re fine though, with everything falling immediately to hand.

Specifically for the GT there’s a glass roof, while the side-hinged tailgate also allows more light to permeate into the snug cabin.

Further evidence of the extra refinement offered by the 570GT includes the revised steering ratios making the car less darty, extra sound-deadening material around the engine housing and a quieter exhaust – although a rortier number can still be specified if desired.