McLaren GT is the new practical supercar from Great Britain

Doris Richards
May 18, 2019

A void that's now been filled with the arrival of this: the new McLaren GT, the company's first foray into Grand Touring.

The angle is a compelling one, and McLaren freely admits that it has been heading in the direction for some time.

As you'd expect, that makes this a fast auto. All of course without being any slower or less agile than the Sports Series. Naturally, outstanding ride comfort and cabin refinement are among them.

Born with DNA from McLaren's stunning Longtail, the GT sits nearly 4700mm long with a 2675mm wheelbase that is tailored toward comfort rather than outright performance.

Also new on the McLaren GT is its infotainment system, claimed to be the most sophisticated unit till date by McLaren. Chances are this won't be the last vehicle from Woking to wear the GT name.

On the outside, the styling is unmistakably McLaren but toned down compared with recent efforts.

To emphasize it as long journey auto, long and elegant exterior lines and muscular rear fenders are incorporated.

The good amount of trunk space has been achieved courtesy of the lowered engine and exhaust system as another 150 litres can be had up front - biggest on a McLaren. Weight of McLaren GT is just 1530kg and also possess power-to-weight ratio of 399hp per tonne. It makes for a slightly airier cabin, too; handy when you're advocating the space for longer journeys. To that end, the GT gets unique seats as standard, optimised to meet the standard required for "long-distance comfort". The Nappa leather trim that features as standard can be upgraded to softgrain luxury leather or Alcantara®, depending on which vehicle specification is chosen.

Looking closely and you'll see special aluminium switchgear which is either machined or knurled for that classically luxurious touch, while the dash houses a full touch-screen media interface measuring 7.0 inches and packing HERE sat-nav, digital radio, voice activation, bluetooth connectivity. It features industry-standard HERE navigation mapping and real-time traffic information.

The suspension is a lightweight aluminium, double wishbone design paired with hydraulic dampers to deliver Proactive Damping Control.

Powering those wheels is yet another variation of the 4.0-litre V8, the M840TE. Torque of 630Nm is produced between 5,500rpm and 6,500rpm, with more than 95 per cent of this available from 3,000rpm to 7,250rpm.

It will target competition like the Aston Martin DB11 or even the Bentley Continental GT.

If you have at least $210,000 to blow on the auto, the McLaren GT is perhaps within your reach. The GT gets three steering modes - Comfort, Sport, and Track.

"The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a handsome 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".

A soft-bodied Grand Tourer might seem like a stretch for an automaker formed around a Formula 1 race team and the world's first hypercar, but the 2020 McLaren GT aims to redefine just what a GT is.

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