McLaren Automotive has finally revealed its latest and first ever Grand Tourer, the aptly named GT. Starting at 163,000 pounds (or US$ 209,000), the 2020 McLaren GT is the exotic carmaker’s fourth new model, and one of over half-a-dozen that will follow suit in the next six years according to its Track25 business model which was announced last year. Interested buyers can go ahead and place their order now, while the actual deliveries are set to start by the end of 2019.

According to McLaren, the brand-new GT has been specifically designed and engineered to make it useable in everyday urban driving conditions. This also reflects in where the new McLaren GT is slotted in the company’s line-up. It’s not part of the existing Sports, Super, or Ultimate Series, but stands all by itself. Mike Flewitt, who’s the Chief Executive Officer at 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 super-light 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. In short, this is a car that redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer in a way that only a McLaren could.”

MClaren GT 612

According to McLaren, the brand-new GT has been specifically designed and engineered to make it useable in everyday urban driving conditions.

“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 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,” Rob Melville, Design Director, McLaren Automotive.

The GT, like its other McLaren siblings, is constructed out of carbon fibre. However, it uses an all-new and bespoke MonoCell II-T monocoque construction – where the T actually stands for ‘Touring’. Keeping its true purpose in mind, McLaren has been able to sculpt and package the GT in such a way so as to optimise cabin space, luggage volume, comfort, and long distance drivability. Engineers have also slackened the stiffness of the GT’s engine mounts, thus increasing the overall cabin comfort. That’s not all; the GT is also fitted with McLaren’s Proactive Damping Control along with the cutting-edge Optimal Control Theory software algorithm. These use data from various sensors to ‘read’ the road, interpreting what will likely happen next and in response to that, can adjust the dampers in just two milliseconds.

Its ultra-light 1,530 kilogramme kerb weight makes it one of the lightest in its segment, where some rivals are hundreds of kilogrammes heavier. Combine this with the McLaren GT’s magnificent 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, and you get a power-to-weight ratio of 400 hp per tonne. The specially calibrated 840TE V8 engine produces an astonishing 612 hp and up to 630 Nm of torque – over 95% of which is available from 3,000 to 7,250 rpm. Those are some impressive numbers, especially for a Grand Tourer such as the McLaren GT. Meanwhile, transmission is handled by a smooth-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with drive being sent to the rear wheels. With the aid of launch control, the McLaren GT can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, whilst 200 km/h comes just 5.8 seconds later, and terminal velocity is achieved at 326 km/h.

New McLaren GT -612 HP

With the aid of launch control, the McLaren GT can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, whilst 200 km/h comes just 5.8 seconds later, and terminal velocity is achieved at 326 km/h.

Rob Melville, Design Director, McLaren Automotive, “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 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.”