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New McLaren GT adds a grand tourer to supercar brand lineup

18 May 2019

A mid-mounted twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 howls with 612 horsepower and 465 lb. -ft. of torque. Fourteen more new models are due by 2025.

The Grand Tourer will sit alongside the Sports, Super and Ultimate Series, and can therefore safely claim to fulfil a somewhat different set of parameters.

The GT has a starting price of some 20 million baht if sold in Thailand which isn't that bad for a McLaren. Wanting to create something unique, and distinctly McLaren tasting, the British company says the GT is "lighter, faster, more engaging and more usable than a traditional Gran Tourer". Music enthusiasts can order their McLaren GT with a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, featuring carbon fibre sub-bass woofers and Kevlar mid-range drive units.

The Woking auto maker has prepared the GT for every eventuality an owner might face when driving on the country's public roads.

It will be the first time McLaren has offered a true grand touring model, built with passenger comfort for long distance in mind. When combined with the front "frunk" - a boot where the engine would be in a traditional vehicle - the GT has an impressive 570 litres of luggage capacity. Deliveries are expected to begin from the end of 2019.

McLaren uses its carbon fibre monocoque dubbed MonoCell II-T. It makes for a slightly airier cabin, too; handy when you're advocating the space for longer journeys.

You'll still have to negotiate a sizeable sill to access them, but the electrically adjustable and heated variation on McLaren's familiar streamlined design do seem very accommodating - based on PH's thirty-second go in them, at least. The standard Nappa leather can be upgraded to softgrain luxury leather or Alcantara, depending on which vehicle specification is chosen.

Amongst it all, McLaren promises the installation of its "most sophisticated" infotainment system to date.

The GT also gets a Here navigation and traffic information system.

Suspension for the GT utilizes a revised version of the 720S' Optimal Control Theory chassis.

Gets a beefy new 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8. McLaren says 95% of torque is achieved between 3,000-7,250rpm pointing to its usability for real-world driving.

And yes, McLaren has deliberately designed the GT in a way to stand out from its other offerings, bar the F1-reviving Speedtail which has provided some source of inspiration to the car's appearance. There are also a number of active dynamics handling modes - Comfort, Sport and Track.

'The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a handsome body and true to McLaren's ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals, ' he said. Suspension, steering and brakes are all bespoke and optimized to provide unforgettable driving experience of a Grand Tourer.

New McLaren GT adds a grand tourer to supercar brand lineup