Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
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McLaren GT is the new practical supercar from Great Britain

McLaren GT is the new practical supercar from Great Britain

The carbon fibre structure and aluminum body house a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that cranks out 612 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, more than 95 percent of which is available from 3,000-7,250 rpm.

The GT's styling is an evolution of McLaren's latest design. Matched with a 150 liter space in the boot up front, McLaren boasts that the GT has the most cargo space in its segment.

As you'd expect, that makes this a fast auto.

That means peak power has been dropped to 612bhp, with maximum torque provided between 5,500rpm and 6,500rpm. 0-100 is dealt with in 3.1sec, while top speed is 326kph.

The bespoke Carbon fibre MonoCell II-T monocoque, with carbon fibre rear upper structure and aluminium crash structures front and rear. It's a grand tourer that pushes out supercar performance figures, so you can stay comfortable while blowing away Lamborghinis. 0-124 miles per hour takes 9.0 seconds. Instead, it has a more conventional suspension setup and a new Proactive Damping Control, which uses sensors to scan the road, predict what will happen next and react in just two milliseconds.

Comfort, Sport and Track are the different driving modes to choose from.

At almost 4.7 metres long, the GT is longer than anything in the Sports and Super Series, and the flowing exterior lines takes advantage of that considerable length to great effect. Bespoke Pirelli P ZERO tires wrap 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, and there's a new braking system which includes a softer pedal feel at lower speeds.

Inside, there's a combination of familiar and new.

The streamlined, power adjustable and heated seats are unique to the McLaren GT, with optimized padding and support for long-distance comfort.

Hidden in ambient lighting is the most sophisticated McLaren infotainment system to date. Buyers can also opt between a gloss black roof, a roof with a tinted glass panel, and the desirable MSO Electrochromic Panoramic roof. It's said to be McLaren's fastest system yet. The seats are covered as standard with Nappa leather, and only get better (and more expensive) from there, with fine grain leather, Alcantara, and Cashmere cladding on the options list.

Ahead of the driver sits a 12.3-inch digital instrument display that shows turn-by-turn navigation, phone calls and even the feed from the optional reverse camera to keep the driver's eye level high.

Inside the auto, McLaren says the interior has been designed "to delight on longer journeys, but with all the essentials for focused, high-performance driving; the seating position, location of controls and forward visibility are as important here as they are in any McLaren". The deliveries of the 2020 McLaren GT has been confirmed to begin later this year.

The 2020 McLaren GT is available to order now, priced from $210,000.

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