All-new McLaren GT Marks a Different Chapter for the Brand

Alonzo Simpson
May 18, 2019

That impression is a effect of the GT's greater length - based on the 720S, it's fully 153mm longer than the Sports Series model - alongside a new design that certainly accentuates it. And it's telling that it's positioning the McLaren GT outside its standard Sports/Super Series/Ultimate Series trident. This grand tourer from McLaren will lock its gorgeous horns against the liked of other super exotic offerings liked the Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin DB11 and also the Ferrari Portofino.

The McLaren GT rides on custom Pirelli P ZERO tires created to meet the demands of high-performance driving and comfort and refinement in equal measure. Prices for Australia haven't yet been disclosed, but in the United Kingdom the GT starts from £163,000.

McLaren GT is the fourth new model under the company's Track25 business plan. Many had tried the pretty 570GT from the Sports Series, McLaren's softer, roomier, more everyday toe-in-the-water GT exercise from 2016.

The real hero though is the new MonoCell II-T carbon fibre monocoque (T for Touring) which incorporates an additional upper structure to permit the creation of the larger void alongside those glazed C-pillars and the rear-quarter windows. Inside, the GT gets streamlined, electrically adjusted and heated seats which are claimed to be optimised for long-distance comfort, with the flawless amount of padding and shoulder and back support in combination with superb lateral control. There's also an optional 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system with carbon fibre subwoofers and Kevlar mid-range drive units. Nappa leather trim comes as standard but buyers can also opt for softgrain luxury leather or Alcantara.

In terms of technology, the cabin features McLaren's latest infotainment system with real-time navigation and traffic reporting.

If you had to choose just one vehicle that could lug your skis and a bag full of clothes and blast across the country comfortably at speeds of up to 326km/h, it's unlikely you'd think of grabbing the keys to a McLaren.

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Powering the GT is a new 620PS 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged engine, designated M840TE. The new supercar will "redefine the rules of Grand Touring", according to the British manufacturer. McLaren says 95% of torque is achieved between 3,000-7,250rpm pointing to its usability for real-world driving. Transmission is of the familiar seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. With a resulting power-to-weight ratio of 405 PS per tonne, the GT is blisteringly quick - from a standing start, it will hit 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, blast past 200 km/h in nine seconds flat and will hit a top speed of 326 km/h.

The vehicle has a lightweight aluminium double wishbone suspension design with hydraulic dampers to deliver Proactive Damping Control.

Suspension system based on 720S "Optimal Control Theory" chassis.

Comfort, Sport and Track are the different driving modes to choose from.

McLaren has officially revealed the new GT.

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