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New McLaren GT REVEALED – Practical supercar launches with 203mph top speed


McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren has launched its interpretation of a modern Grand Tourer – the McLaren GT.

It is a unique proposition from the carmaker and has placed it in its own category alongside the Sport, Super and Ultimate Series models.

The Woking-cased carmaker has said that the McLaren GT “redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer”.

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive said: “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.

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

“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.”

The bespoke Carbon fibre MonoCell II-T monocoque, with carbon fibre rear upper structure and aluminium crash structures front and rear.

The power height of the engine and positioning of the exhaust system has allowed the shape of the car to be optimised for a larger luggage bay.

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

There is a total of 570-litres of luggage space with 420-litres in the rear and 150-litres at the front – enough for a golf bag or some skis in the rear.

It is, therefore, a pretty practical supercar which could be driven long distances and useful enough for some day o day activities.

The car’s design is gorgeous, muscular and dominant. It is less outlandish than the 720S and the glass roof that tapers into an oval towards the rear is really nice.

There are some ginormous air intakes ahead of the rear and at the back, the new rear lights design is really clean.

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

It is the longest car in its lineup measuring almost 4.7-metres but has all the right hallmarks of a McLaren.

Rob Melville, Design Director, McLaren Automotive said: “The new McLaren GT combines McLaren’s design philosophies with classic Grand Tourer visual cues. Bold, elegant volumes flow seamlessly from nose to tail, encapsulating the beautifully crafted cabin.

“The sophisticated, sculpted body expresses both the power of the car and its ability to cosset occupants during long-distance driving.

“The teardrop shape of the cabin, which stretches back to encompass the rear luggage area, follows the aerodynamic principles inherent in all McLarens, while the muscular rear fenders that form the side intakes for the high-temperature radiators are an example of how we merge both beauty and functionality to create breath-taking authentic designs.

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

“The new McLaren GT clearly stands out both as a new type of McLaren and a cutting-edge interpretation of a Grand Tourer for a new era.”

Powering the car is a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged engine, designated M840TE which produces 620PS and 630Nm of torque mated to a 7-speed SSG transmission

This allows the car to sprint from 0-62mph is achieved in 3.2 seconds, 0-124mph is dispatched in 9.0 second and it has a maximum speed 203mph.

The vehicle has a lightweight aluminium double wishbone suspension design with hydraulic dampers to deliver Proactive Damping Control. There are also a number of active dynamics handling modes – Comfort, Sport and Track.

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

McLaren GT

McLaren GT (Image: MCLAREN)

Inside the car, McLaren says the interior has been designed “to delight on longer journeys, but with all the essentials for focused, high-performance driving; the seating position, location of controls and forward visibility are as important here as they are in any McLaren.”

McLaren also claims that the car has its “most sophisticated infotainment system to date” and the car also has hidden-until-lit ambient lighting and the option of an electrochromic glazed panel in lieu of the standard carbon fibre composite gloss black roof.

Ahead of the driver and providing key vehicle information is a 12.3-INCH TFT screen and a portrait screen in the centre console and where a traditional gear shifter would be is the driving dynamics controls and buttons for switching between neutral, drive and reverse.

Prices for the car starts at £163,000 and it is available to order now with deliveries expected towards the end of 2019.



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