McLaren switches from sporty to comfy with the new GT

Yolanda Curtis
May 18, 2019

The McLaren GT we have designed is finished in Ludus Blue but other eye-catching colors available include Amaranth Red, Papaya Spark, Burton Blue, Lantana Purple, Amethyst Black, and Pacific.

If that idea puts a shudder through you, then rest assured that it has not been achieved with an un-McLaren like sacrifice of ideals. Chances are this won't be the last auto from Woking to wear the GT name.

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

On the outside, the styling is unmistakably McLaren but toned down compared with recent efforts. The model is a bit longer and more elegant than the other models from the brand.

The rear-end is likely to earn the most plaudits, which is appropriate given that's where much of the engineering effort is focused.

Not only can it cross countries in comfort, but it can also take your sporting kit, the 420 litre rear luggage compartment created to fit a golf bag or skis and when it's time to embark on that epic road trip, it will swallow a decent amount of luggage. The deliveries of the 2020 McLaren GT has been confirmed to begin later this year.

Like the rest of the McLaren range, the GT has a carbon fibre MonoCell monocoque tub to make it supremely light - tipping the scales at a Ford Fiesta equaling 1,530kg.

You'll still have to negotiate a sizeable sill to access them, but the electrically adjustable and heated variation on McLaren's familiar streamlined design do seem very accommodating - based on PH's thirty-second go in them, at least. It costs $210,000. Judging by the performance of the auto and the new infotainment system for the vehicle and its high-quality interior materials, including Nappa leather and Alcantara, the price tag is more than warranted. 7-inch infotainment system comes with HERE navigation mapping and real time traffic information. The firm has never built an uncomfortable vehicle - in fact, it has striven to do the opposite and peerlessly succeeded - yet here it promises to outdo itself with a bespoke Proactive Damping Control system meant to deliver "remarkable" levels of comfort. The chassis has been tweaked for comfort, the suspension struts are now much softer, and the exhaust system sports a remarkably quiet muffler. McLaren says it has also improved the suspension controls it first introduced on the 720S supercar, which uses sensors to read the road and predict imperfections before adjusting the suspension in anticipation of bumps.

Gets a beefy new 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8. Torque of 630Nm is produced between 5,500rpm and 6,500rpm, with more than 95 per cent of this available from 3,000rpm to 7,250rpm. Under the rear glass is 420 litres of cargo space, or, enough to put a set of golf clubs and maybe a weekend bag-that is, the flawless amount of space for a grand tourer.

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