New McLaren GT: The way of the Grand Tourer

The McLaren GT re-imagined traditional Grand Tourers in a lighter, faster and more engaging manner, like never before.

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McLaren’s latest pride is presented in a carbon fiber structure (bespoke MonoCell II-T monocoque) with impeccable driving dynamics and lightest-in-class kerbweight. At 1,530kg (DIN), the McLaren GT is more than 130kg lighter than its closest core competitor and literally hundreds of kilograms less than other cars in the segment.

As the first true McLaren Grand Tourer, the GT takes up long, elegant exterior lines and an outlook that’s familiar with all McLarens. The muscular rear fenders are an example of the form of every McLaren being true to its function. The air intakes are there for the high-temperature radiators that cool the engine. In a nutshell, the GT is Ionger than its Super Series siblings with an extended front and rear overhangs.

The width and stance of the new McLaren GT are emphasized at the front by the signature ‘hammerhead  line’ that runs horizontally across the nose and draws the eye out to the sides of the vehicle. At the rear, an integrated fixed rear wing, large diffuser and substantial exhaust tailpipes are reminders that this is a Grand Tourer

Powering the GT is a new, 620PS 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged engine, designated M840TE. Torque is jacked up to 630Nm between 5,500rpm and 6,500rpm, with more than 95% of this available from 3,000rpm to 7,250rpm. The new engine is mated to a 7-speed SSG transmission to deliver linear, seamless and relentless acceleration. A 0 – 100 km/h dash takes a mere 3.2 seconds, while maximum speed of the McLaren GT is 326km/h. An excellent power-to-weight ratio means the new McLaren GT offers 405PS-per-tonne.

When it comes to the interior, the GT is somewhat different compared to current  McLarens. First, the boot space is larger with a capacity of 570 liters, then there’s dihedral doors for easy access, a cabin more comfortable for distance drives, optimum seats and  well-positioned control switches. And there’s more, ambient lighting, infotainment system (touchscreen/instrument cluster), carbon fiber composite gloss black roof, machined and knurled aluminium switches and controls, steering with shifters, and a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system with carbon fiber sub-bass woofers and Kevlar mid-range drive units. Nappa leather is the standard trim with upgrade to softgrain luxury leather available as an option, as well as SuperFabric trim for the boot.

The suspension, steering and brakes are all bespoke to the McLaren GT  and honed and optimized to provide an outstanding Grand Touring driving experience, with inherent balance, responsiveness and precision yet better ride comfort than any other McLaren. With that in mind, the suspension is made up of a lightweight aluminium, double wishbone paired with hydraulic dampers (Proactive Damping Control). Overall, body movement is tailored for occupant comfort and vertical load and contact patch variation are optimized to enhance grip levels, based on  each of the three active dynamics handling modes: Comfort, Sport and Track.

Driving precision and enjoyment is further enhanced in new McLaren GT by hydraulic steering, which uses a single software ‘map’ across Comfort, Sport and Track modes to deliver optimal feel and response.

Last but not least, the McLaren GT  shods bespoke P Zeros 20-inchers front and 21-inch rears, available in 7- or 15-spoke designs.

The new McLaren GT is available to order now from McLaren retailers worldwide, with customer deliveries commencing towards the end of 2019. Pricing starts from 163,000 pounds,with various customization and color options available.

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