McLaren GT

McLaren GT combines practicality with power

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Thursday 16 May 2019
 

McLaren has revealed its new grand tourer, set to go up against Bentley’s Conti GT, after a month or two of teasing. Simply dubbed GT, the car offers more interior space than any previous McLaren, as well as a new twin-turbo V8 engine.

Woking says the GT shares its DNA with the Speedtail but is instead aimed at those seeking supercar performance as well as long distance comfort. Thus, McLaren says the GT is lighter, faster and more responsive than any other model in its segment.

Thanks to the carbon fibre MonoCell II-T monocoque tub, the GT weighs a claimed 1530kg with fluids. Pair that with a 462kW/630Nm 4.0-litre biturbo V8 and the GT will hit 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds, or so McLaren says.

McLaren has given the GT a new version of the 720S’ Optimal Control Theory chassis, which uses sensors to read the road ahead and adjusts the dampers in as little as two milliseconds. In addition, three active steering modes are available - Comfort, Sport, and Track.

Being a grand tourer, the GT also has some space for luggage. There’s a 420-litre cargo area at the rear of the car, evidently golf club friendly, and a secondary 150L space up front. That makes for a total of 570L, a healthy increase over the GT’s spiritual successor, the 570GT which offered 370L.

Inside are seats specially developed for the long haul, the “most sophisticated McLaren infotainment system" yet offered, ambient lighting and an optional electrochromic roof. Finally, a 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins premium audio system with a carbon fibre subwoofer and Kevlar midrange drivers is also a cost option.

The new McLaren GT is available to order now, with NZ prices yet to be confirmed. Buyers in the UK can expect prices starting at £163,000 including taxes.

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