McLaren Automotive has finally revealed their latest interpretation of a modern yet powerful Grand Tourer in the form of the McLaren GT. Challenging the normal conventions of a Grand Tourer, the superlight GT is simply sleek, elegant, and muscular with a true supercar DNA thrown into the mix.
According to McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, “The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful body and true to McLaren’s ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals.”
“Designed for distance, it provides the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer, but with a level of agility never experienced before in this segment. In short, this is a car that redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer in a way that only a McLaren could.”
Targeted for those looking for an exciting everyday alternative compared to their existing line of premium models, the new GT is all about long-distance driving in comfort, at higher speeds and with room for luggage. All of this within a lighter, faster and more dynamic all-round package thanks to specs like McLaren’s new Proactive Damping Control suspension system.
Heavily structured using carbon fibre for supreme strength and rigidity, the lightweight GT comes packing with a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces a whopping 610hp and 630Nm of maximum torque. Thanks to its bespoke bespoke MonoCell II-T monocoque, the new McLaren GT comes with a very respectable 420-litre luggage area.
That’s only for the rear storage compartment, folks. With the ability to carry a golf bag, owners also have the luxury of an extra 150 litres storage at the front which totals up to 570 litres of storage space. Not bad for a car that can do 0-200km/h in nine seconds and hit a top speed of 326km/h. All the power is controlled using a 7-speed SSG transmission to deliver ‘linear, seamless and relentless acceleration.’
The interior has also been designed for a more comfortable experience especially during longer journeys. Things like driving dynamics, seating position, location of controls, forward visibility, plus many more were greatly put into consideration to make sure that the McLaren GT really deserves its GT badge (apart from being a bonkers-ly powerful supercar).
Other specs that can be found in the cockpit are:
- McLaren’s most sophisticated McLaren infotainment system to date
- Industry-standard HERE® navigation mapping and real-time traffic information
- Seven-inch central touchscreen with satellite navigation, Bluetooth, media streaming, voice activation, etc.
- Electrochromic glazed panel in lieu of the standard carbon fibre composite gloss black roof
- 12-speaker, Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system featuring carbon fibre sub-bass woofers and Kevlar mid-range drive units
- Nappa leather which can be upgraded to softgrain luxury leather or Alcantara®
- Dual-zone climate control and air conditioning
- 3-inch TFT display panel screen
Fancy ordering one for yourself? For the UK market, the new McLaren GT comes in at £163,000 (around RM875,635). Delivery will commence at the end of 2019. For more information, head over to https://cars.mclaren.com/new-mclaren-gt.