McLaren GT Examined Up Close In Top Gear Video Tour

Ceria Alfonso
May 18, 2019

The bespoke MonoCell II-T (T for "touring") monocoque chassis adds minimal weight to the vehicle, which, according to McLaren, is 286 pounds lighter than its closest competitor, despite the generous luggage space and the fact the auto is longer McLaren's other sports cars.

Read our 2020 McLaren GT First Look here. The 21-inch alloy rear wheels, which are the largest ever fitted to a McLaren, are paired with 20-inch at the front and available in 7- or 15-spoke designs.

While the styling and aerodynamic elements might seem to be inspired by the hardcore Speedtail HyperGT, McLaren has made sure that the new GT gets its fair share of new equipment and underpinnings.

According to the company's GT press release, the supercar marque has "redefined the modern GT ownership experience with a auto that is lighter, faster and more engaging than existing products in the segment, with greater space, comfort and useability". With 570-litres of cargo space, it is indeed one of the most practical supercars in existence. There's also ambient interior lighting, and a 12-speaker sound system with carbon-fiber subwoofers.

But the party piece is the 420-litre boot, which sits below a rear-hinged (not side-hinged like the 570GT) glass tailgate that is capacious enough for two pairs of 185cm skis or a bag of clubs and a trolley.

While touted as a "new McLaren for a new audience", it retains many hallmarks of the brand's supercars; namely, a thumping V8 engine with pounding performance figures.

Powering the new GT model is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that outputs 620PS (456 kW) and 465 pound-feet (630 Nm) of torque.

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Combined with a seven-speed sequential-shift gearbox (SSG), this allows 0-100 km/h acceleration in just over three seconds, 0-200 km/h in nine seconds and a top speed of 327 km/h.

Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, said: "The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a lovely body and true to McLaren's ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals".

'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.

Welcome to the new McLaren GT, a grand tourer that is hoped to widen the customer base of the British sports vehicle brand. In combination with underbody clearance of 110mm (130mm with vehicle lift) this ensures the auto is eminently usable in all urban situations; not only is it competitive with all rivals, but in "lift" mode it is the equal of mainstream sedans.

It also has less stiff engine mounts to connect it to the chassis, which has helped to reduce noise and vibration to keep the cabin as whisper silent as possible. 10-degree approach angle at the front (13-degree with lift engaged) gives it an aggressive stance. Fourteen more new models are due by 2025. The Nappa leather trim that features as standard can be upgraded to softgrain luxury leather or Alcantara®, depending on which vehicle specification is chosen. The 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system is "the company's most sophisticated to date", McLaren said.

The new McLaren GT is available to order now from McLaren retailers worldwide, with customer deliveries commencing towards the end of 2019. Prices for Australia haven't yet been disclosed, but in the United Kingdom the GT starts from £163,000.

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