May 21, 2019

Practicality to the fore in McLaren’s 456kW/630Nm GT long-distance cruiser

18 May 2019, 04:44 | Casey Mitchell

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Speaking of which, the McLaren GT gets a new & bespoke 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine (M840TE) which puts out 620bhp and 630Nm of torque between 5,500-6,500rpm.

"The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a attractive body and true to McLaren's ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals", said McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt. The GT is the fourth new model introduced in the McLaren Track25 business plan announced a year ago.

For a luxurious supercar, McLaren GT have included every features o make long journey more comfortable.

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Likewise, McLaren says the GT has been honed with friendlier road manners especially for use in city-driving.

Another important part of a grand tourer's remit is cross-country comfort, so the GT gets unique engine mounts that are half as stiff as the 600LT's, while additional sound deadening reduces low-frequency sounds from the carbon structure.

"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".

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Welcome to the new McLaren GT, a grand tourer that is hoped to widen the customer base of the British sports vehicle brand.

Total cargo capacity amounts to 569 litres, including 419 litres in the rear trunk, which is accessed via a front-hinged glass tailgate. The new Grand Tourer has a carbon fiber structure with a bespoke MonoCell II-T monocoque and carbon fiber rear upper structure.

While all three are grunty, cossetting distance cruisers, the McLaren should get you to the golf club vehicle park and top of the mountain quickest thanks to its incredible levels of performance. Three active steering modes are also available to adjust the GT's behavior to your taste - Comfort, Sport, and Track. The 15- or 7-spoke alloy wheels are the largest ever fitted to a McLaren, measuring 21-inches at the rear and 20-inch in diameter at the front, and come wrapped in specially formulated Pirelli P Zero rubber.

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Other niceties include a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, hidden-until-lit ambient lighting as well as machined and knurled aluminium switches and controls, while buyers can opt for an electrochromic glazed roof panel that can darken or lighten at the touch of a button. Top speed in the McLaren GT is 203 mph (326 km/h) with 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration in just 3.2 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in nine seconds. It might look similar to existing McLarens, but there are new seats that are heated with extra padding and back support. McLaren claims that in Comfort mode, this auto is its most refined yet. The GT is available for order worldwide, with deliveries kicking off by the end of 2019. The price starts at 198,000 euros in Germany. McLaren claims 420 litres for the beautifully upholstered expanse, some of it liberated via a repositioning of the GT's exhaust (relative to other models in the lineup).

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