The Speedtail inspired McLaren GT is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 620 horsepower and 630 Nm; 0-100 kmph in just 3.2 seconds
McLaren is trying to make a big breakthrough in the Grand Touring space with its brand new product, the GT, with a combination of a number of attributes. Just as other ground-hugging McLarens, the new GT is not a slouch and has lightweight construction and lot has been said of the interior, which offers ample space.
The Woking-based brand wants the GT to be a practical supercar with high-performance characteristics and on paper, it has all the right numbers. The McLaren GT derives design cues from the Speedtail and it has been released as part of the 2025 business plan targetting a new set of customers.
Aimed at offering super performance and comfort whilst on a long journey, the McLaren GT shines above its competitors. Based on the carbonfibre Monocell II T construction, it tips the weighing scale at 1,530 kg and the boot can hold up to 420 litres of volume and has optional power opening and closing of the tailgate made of glass.
The good amount of trunk space has been achieved courtesy of the lowered engine and exhaust system as another 150 litres can be had up front – biggest on a McLaren. On the inside, the GT has a cabin specially optimised for long-distance touring with heated and power-operated seats, shoulder as well as back support, a large infotainment system, Bowers and Wilkins 12-speaker audio with carbonfibre sub-woofer, optional electrochromic glass roof, etc.
The all-important powertrain is a 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine making 620 horsepower and 630 Nm of peak torque, and is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission helping in achieving zero to 100 kmph in just 3.2 seconds. The engine has 95 per cent of its peak torque delivered between 3,000 and 7,250 rpm.
Comfort, Sport and Track are the different driving modes to choose from. The McLaren GT has reduced cabin noise courtesy of the special engine mounts and uses a suspension system based on the 720S that automatically detects the roads ahead and adjusts the damper settings in just two milliseconds. Deliveries of the McLaren GT will commence towards the closure of 2019 and it is priced at $210,000 (Rs. 1.47 crore).