For a company famed for single-seat racing and supercars, the opulent luxuries bestowed to a grand tourer have never been much concern for British auto manufacturer McLaren, but in a move set to shake up the world of “what-car-will-I-buy-next?” for rick folks, Mclaren has officially announced that they are releasing a grand tourer.
The McLaren GT at first glance is still very much a McLaren – the sweeping aerodynamics and subtle lines drawing to the rear of the vehicle endemic to the marque’s much-loved stylings abound, and given that the company is referring to this GT as ‘superlight’, one can assume it still has the nimble agility of other McLaren models.
Though it may boast the looks of a McLaren supercar, it does sport a few features which bump it up to the GT category: a 570 litre stowage capacity, sophisticated infotainment system and proactive damping control suspension all come into play to create a new style of GT that could make quite the splash.
McLaren is claiming that their new infotainment system is their most sophisticated to date, with industry-standard HERE navigation mapping and real-time traffic information. There’s also what they’re calling a new ‘Proactive Damping Control’ suspension system, which provides a higher level of comfort, combines with a hydraulic steering system.
Braking and steering at lower speeds are also optimised for everyday ease of use, and ride height and ground clearances are engineered for urban usability (much more practical than a supercar if you’re after a daily driver.)
Power comes from a new 620PS 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged McLaren V8, getting the driver from 0-100 kilometres an hour in 3.2 seconds, and to 200 in 9 seconds.
This is a very bold move from McLaren though it opens the door to a huge market sector that was otherwise out of reach with their previous offerings, and will surely see other GT manufacturers looking into producing more lightweight vehicles themselves.
McLaren is taking orders now, with delivery expected for later this year.