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McLaren GT Unleashed! Practical And Beastly

18 May 2019

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. Naturally, outstanding ride comfort and cabin refinement are among them. Whether that eventually mean the expansion into a fourth category, McLaren is so far only teasing about - it'll likely depend on just how well the GT is received.

If that idea puts a shudder through you, then rest assured that it has not been achieved with an un-McLaren like sacrifice of ideals. Based on the price, the GT will slot above the 570GT and 570S of the Sports Series but below the 720S and 720S Spider of the Super Series.

On the outside, the styling is unmistakably McLaren but toned down compared with recent efforts. The interior is a lot more plush than a regular McLaren supercar, to make it bearable for long journeys.

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The rear-end is likely to earn the most plaudits, which is appropriate given that's where much of the engineering effort is focused. A further 150-litres of storage at the front of the auto means that it can hold a total of 570 litres of luggage.

Like all current McLarens, the GT is built around the carbon fiber MonoCell II-T Monocoque structure. Other highlights include a pair of bespoke power-adjustable and heated seats promising great long-distance comfort, and there's an optional SuperFabric trim for the luggage bay. Cabin features most sophisticated infotainment system to date, aluminum switches and controls, gloss black surrounds for the screen, window switches, gear-selection console and air vents. It features industry-standard HERE navigation mapping and real-time traffic information. A lightweight aluminum, double-wishbone design gets hydraulic dampers for McLaren's Proactive Damping Control. The chassis has been tweaked for comfort, the suspension struts are now much softer, and the exhaust system sports a remarkably quiet muffler.

Gets a beefy new 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8. One other detail of note regarding this motor is how McLaren explains the engine has more than 95 percent of its peak torque available between 3,000 and 7,250 rpm - certainly something that will help towards being able to carry the car's weight easily.

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It will target competition like the Aston Martin DB11 or even the Bentley Continental GT.

If you had to choose just one vehicle that could lug your skis and a bag full of clothes and blast across the country comfortably at speeds of up to 326km/h, it's unlikely you'd think of grabbing the keys to a McLaren.

Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, said: "The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a attractive body and true to McLaren's ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals". Suspension, steering and brakes are all bespoke and optimized to provide unforgettable driving experience of a Grand Tourer. McLaren has made its intentions abundantly clear, stating that the vehicle "is poised to redefine the rules of the Grand tourer segment by introducing renowned McLaren engineering and dynamic attributes alongside high-quality materials and exceptional comfort".

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McLaren GT Unleashed! Practical And Beastly