If you can’t quite afford McLaren’s exquisite, $1 million-plus P1 hypercar (which you’d have to buy used now, since they’re all sold out), then McLaren would love to seat you in a 675LT. It’s not quite as mental as the P1, but it’s still about $350,000, or the cost of a nice house in most areas of the country. So you can bump down to the 650S, which is cheaper still, or the 570S, McLaren’s “affordable” entry-level coupe. But by then, you’re so far off of the P1’s performance levels that it’s almost like “why bother?”
Well, McLaren is now giving you a reason to bother. Two, actually. They’re called the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint; the GT4 is what we’re seeing here today, while the Sprint will be revealed in due time. Both are built on the same 570S, but while the original was born for winding English backroads and longer highway hauls, these were designed specifically for the track. Just like the P1.
However, the Sprint hasn’t been designed for actual racing — it’s still completely road-legal, and is aimed at the well-heeled track-day enthusiast. For some extra cash, however, McLaren will upgrade your 570S Sprint to GT4 spec, which will make it that much more race-ready with more aggressive aero (including that big rear wing), and swaths of carbon fiber and aluminum.
In order to put its money where its mouth is, McLaren’s racing arm, McLaren GT, will enter the GT4 in this year’s British GT Championship, it said, competing in the full nine-round calendar which includes the Spa circuit in Belgium.
McLaren has priced the GT4 from about $225,000, and is taking queries from potential buyers on its site. That’s no small chunk of change, but it is considerably less than a used P1 or a 675LT — and we’re betting most casual track-goers wouldn’t feel unsatisfied with it.
Power is provided by McLaren’s 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (McLaren is really getting its money’s worth out of that unit), which has been tuned specifically for the GT4. The company didn’t reveal power output figures.
The 570S will go to battle with the Porsche 911 GT3, which occupies a similar niche for casual track-day fans. The Sprint model — exempt from any racing regulations — should provide a nice medium between the 570 models and the 675 that the 650S doesn’t fill. It should hold you over until you can afford your P1, at least.