The new McLaren GT has been revealed overnight, the British supercar maker’s first genuine grand tourer will be competing against established GT models from Aston Martin and Bentley.
Starting with the important details, power will come from a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 456kW and 603Nm, it’s matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels.
McLaren claims the GT can sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds and from 0-200km/h in 9.0 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 326km/h.
Dimensionally, the GT measures in at 4683mm long, 2095mm wide and 1213mm high with a 2675mm wheelbase. The kerb weight is listed at 1530kg distributed 42.5/57.5 across the front and rear.
The suspension, steering and brakes are all unique to the car, McLaren says everything has been “honed and optimised to provide an outstanding Grand Touring driving experience, with inherent balance, responsiveness and precision yet better ride comfort than any other McLaren.”
The suspension is a lightweight aluminium, double wishbone design, paired with new hydraulic dampers to deliver Proactive Damping Control which offers settings for Comfort, Sport and Track.
Engineers have opted for hydraulic steering tuned to reflect the requirements of a grand tourer. The steering calibration aims to increase assistance at low speeds when manoeuvring in town and parking, without loss of feedback at higher speeds.
Cast iron discs measuring 367mm at the front and 354mm at the rear with four-piston calipers are standard. Carbon ceramic discs with forged aluminium calipers are optional.
On the inside, the two-seat cabin is trimmed in Nappa leather and features McLaren’s latest infotainment system displayed on a 7.0-inch touchscreen. There’s also a customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
The GT will offer some practicality with two luggage compartments consisting of a 150-litre front storage area and 420-litre cargo space at the rear.
Australian customers can order the McLaren GT now, however, official specifications and pricing for our market are yet to be confirmed. Globally, deliveries are expected to commence later this year.
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