McLaren Enters The GT Game

If you own a McLaren then you have a lot to brag about. Performance, styling, boot space. Wait what? Boot space? Yes that’s right ladies and gentleman add carrying capacity to that list because we have ourselves a GT and it has a McLaren badge on the front of it.

Aptly named the ‘GT’ McLaren has entered the Grand Tourer market with a lightweight continent crosser that will get you around the world and back in comfort and style whilst still holding on to the raw McLaren performance DNA. A toned down and more conservative styling approach means that unlike the other models on the market at the moment you wont find aggressive wings and fenders. Instead the car has speedtail influences which is apparent in the small headlight housings and slim, horizontal LED taillamps. It still looks like a supercar but a more grown up version. And as this is McLaren make no mistake that every inch would have been painfully scrutineered to maximise performance.

The engine has been lifted out of the 720S and detuned. The 4.0 litre twin turbo will still be good for 612 horses and a 0-62 time of 3.2 seconds. Find a stretch of road long enough and you’ll be topping out at a modest 203mph. A seven speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels and much like all the McLarens you will have different settings from comfort to track. I think I know what mode I’d be having it in. The system aims to deliver linear, seamless and relentless acceleration. I like all of those words.

But don’t let these statistics fool you, this is not a performance driven vehicle. The suspension is fitted with four-corner adaptive dampers with McLaren’s Proactive Damping Control. What that means is the car can sense the road conditions up ahead and adjust the springs accordingly which gives you a nice smooth ride. Combine this with a heavily retuned hydraulic steering system to make the car easier to handle at lower speeds but still give you the response should you wish to get a little spicy in the bends and mash the loud pedal.

Inside the cabin you’ll be greeted with a Nappa leather interior trim and a pair of electronically adjustable heated seats. You’ll be surrounded by machined aluminium to contrast with gloss black surrounds. The interior looks simply stunning and will be both practical, comfortable and when supportive for when you take it to the limit of its performance. Everything just screams luxury.

The most incredible thing about this car, and please bare with me here, is the 570 litre stowage capacity which for a mid engined supercar/GT crossover is nothing short of astounding. The car has a top-hinged tailgate which holds 14.8 cubic feet of storage which is enough to fit a set of golf clubs or anything else the modern day McLaren owner need to lug across the country. You also have additional 5.3 cubic feet in the Frunk. Yes that is what you call a front trunk apparently.

If you want to get your hands on one of these and have a spare £163,000 burning a hole in your back pocket then order now and one will be on your drive by the end of the year. I wonder how many we’ll see at the local golf club?

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