IF THE ultra-exclusive McLaren Speedtail “Hyper-GT” is a bit much to you, the British supercar maker now has another option for your grand touring supercar needs.
What is the 2019 McLaren GT?
McLaren’s been on a new model blitz lately, and the latest addition to the British supercar maker’s ever-growing line-up is this: the McLaren GT.
As the name suggests, the GT is a bit of a different beast to the firm’s ‘Sport’, ‘Super’ and ‘Ultimate’ model ranges. While the GT is still a performance car through-and-through, it’s been designed with user-friendliness and practicality in mind. Well, in supercar terms, anyway.
Perhaps the clearest indication of this is the McLaren’s cargo space. At 480 litres, the GT’s rear boot has an identical capacity to the new BMW 3 Series saloon, and when you factor in the front boot the combined cargo space grows to an estate car-rivalling 670 litres.
What engines will the McLaren GT come with?
Only one engine will be available for the McLaren GT: a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 612bhp and 465lb ft of torque, meaning serious amounts of grunt with which to cross continents.
Like the engine, the rest of the GT’s drivetrain sticks rigidly to McLaren’s tried-and-tested supercar recipe. All of the power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels, and is fed through a seven-speed automatic ‘box that lets you change gears manually with shifter paddles behind the steering wheel.
What’s the McLaren GT’s top speed?
Though it isn’t the fastest McLaren in the range, the GT certainly isn’t what you’d call slow. According to the supercar maker, 0-62mph is dispatched in just 3.2 seconds and the top speed is rated at 203mph; putting the McLaren on-par with high performance supercars such as the Audi R8 V10, Nissan GT-R Nismo and Lamborghini Huracán.
What tech does the McLaren GT have?
Fans of the McLaren 570GT’s cabin will likely be just as happy with the new McLaren GT’s, as both cars share eerily similar interior architecture. That’s not to say Mclaren’s copy-pasted the entire cabin onto this new model, though: the British car maker says the “optimised for long-distance comfort” seats are exclusive to the new GT, and materials such as the machined aluminium and polished centre console surround help differentiate the cabin from other Mclarens.
Being a luxury-oriented product, the McLaren GT will let buyers trim their tourer’s interior to their liking. The Nappa leather that comes as standard can be replaced with softgrain leather or Alcantara, with cashmere being added to the options list later this year, and the leather luggage area lining can also be replaced with an optional hard-wearing fabric.
When will the McLaren GT go on sale?
Prices for the McLaren GT will start at £163,000, and buyers can already place an order for their new mid-engined grand tourer. McLaren says customers should start receiving their cars before the end of 2019.
What will the McLaren GT’s rivals be?
Though supercars like the Audi R8 and Honda NSX claim to be usable day-to-day cars, they don’t go as far down the grand tourer rabbit hole as the McLaren. Therefore, the GT’s real rivals are arguably front-engined grand tourers like the Aston Martin DB11 and Ferrari Portofino.
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