With McLaren planning to diversify and expand their model lineup to 18 cars by 2025, it’s no surprise that they will be churning out car after car over the next 5 years. For this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, it appears the manufacturer from Woking, England is leaning towards adding to their Grand Tourer lineup with the reveal of their latest model: The McLaren GT.
Building on the premise of the 570GT, the larger GT also carries the key characteristics that distinguish McLaren’s Grand Touring models over their performance-oriented models. Sleek, minimalist body styling matches a set of color choices that would be considered more mature than in-your-face, although for the GT it appears they could not do without the giant air scoops on the sides to make room for amenities such as space and cargo area. Likewise the interior gets its fair share of plush materials such as refined cashmere and McLaren’s Superfabric along with ambient lighting to set the mood. McLaren have even gone so far as to tweak the seals on the dihedral doors to further improve comfort in the cabin.
Being a Grand Touring model implies the need for cargo space, and usually this means a midship sports car – with its engine mounted behind the driver – is not considered for this purpose. The McLaren GT breaks from this convention by creating a sizable trunk beneath the long glazed powered tailgate. Supposedly able to fit skis or snowboards, the trunk space here is longer than it is deep considering that the 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 is housed right underneath the trunk area. Not to mention of course that the advantage of the mid-ship layout is the fact that it still has a trunk up front for extra storage. The McLaren GT, considering the inherent disadvantages of its layout for cross-country trips, appears to be well thought out on this end.
The aforementioned 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 pushes a healthy 620PS matched with 630Nm of torque – more than enough to whisk its occupants away with a healthy dose of power. 0-100km/h is done away in 3.2 seconds, while 0-200 km/h is done in 9. Top speed is rated at 326 km/h, and when you consider that the GT weighs in at only 1,530kg you can further imagine just how rapid McLaren’s latest offering really is. The GT achieves this class-leading lightweight figure by way of its Carbon Fiber MonoCell T-II chassis, the base upon which most of McLaren’s supercars are based upon.
The McLaren GT is already available for order at McLaren dealerships, with orders expecting to be delivered by year’s end. The McLaren GT starts at $210,000 (about Php 11 million) without options.