Anytime we auto scribes are driving the car that doesn’t belong to us, we tend to ...
Anytime we auto scribes are driving the car that doesn’t belong to us, we tend to be careful. Automakers, sometimes dealerships, graciously loan us their latest cars and the trucks in order to provide you, our loyal readership, quality and the informative reviews.
We don’t do stupid stuff because, and mainly, we don’t want to be held liable for any possible damages. But these guys have the different mentality. Mike Tornabene and his pal Zac of gnarpm.com managed to convince the McLaren of Beverly Hills to loan them the pair of brand-new 570GTs.
They didn’t plan to do a typical road test. Instead, they went off-roading in vehicles that have the combined total value of around half the million dollars. And yes, this dealership made clear to them beforehand they are liable for everything (and something always goes wrong). And they opted to go camping anyway.
To reach their campsite in Lone Pine, California, well, they had to drive seven miles off-road. It is not the most treacherous of off-roading conditions, but let us just say most McLaren owners would never, ever, consider doing something like this.
With its twin-turbo V8 producing 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, the 570GT definitely has the power to fight its way through some dirt, and how much can the high-performance sports car whose main competitor is the Porsche 911 Turbo really handle?
Without the use of the 4WD or AWD, there is only so much that can be done in the dirt in the McLaren. But let’s just say you will be surprised by just how much of the beating the McLarens are able to take – how much camping gear can be packed inside.
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