The McLaren GT Is a Beautifully Elegant Supercar With 612 HP

2020 McLaren GT: Everything You Need to Know

2020 McLaren GT: Everything You Need to Know

Add in the additional storage areas in the auto and you have a combined total of over 20 cubic feet of cargo space.

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.

That's not to say the McLaren GT is a big softie.

First impressions suggest the answer to that will be "very positively", mind. Despite this, it sports an all-new body made of carbon and aluminum. However the rear section has been expanded to accommodate the sort of luggage two people might want for a GT adventure. The powertrain lies with the car's carbon MonoCell II T chassis, and has been altered to allow for an additional 5.3 cubic feet of space, giving the clearest indication that this is first and foremost a GT vehicle.

It's still a lightweight vehicle, mind.

McLaren GT is the fourth new model under the company's Track25 business plan.

You bet. The GT comes with the brand's latest 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing a healthy 620hp and 630Nm. Two months later, the auto sits before you. The M840TE engine is bespoke to the 2020 GT, and delivers 465 lb-ft of torque between 5,500 rpm and 6,500 rpm. Befitting the Grand Tourer designation, though, more than 95-percent of maximum torque is available from a more leisurely 3,000 rpm. 0-100 is dealt with in 3.1sec, while top speed is 326kph. The 200 km/h mark is achieved in 9.0 seconds. Top speed is 203 miles per hour.

Rather than being a track-focused weapon designed for Lewis Hamilton wannabees, it's instead an ideal motor if you like to play golf or go on skiing holidays. Called the McLaren GT - short for Grand Tourer - it's a high-performance auto with enough luggage space to embarrass some estate cars on a trip to Ikea. The firm has never built an uncomfortable auto - in fact, it has striven to do the opposite and peerlessly succeeded - yet here it promises to outdo itself with a bespoke Proactive Damping Control system meant to deliver "remarkable" levels of comfort.

Elsewhere, the hydraulic power steering and brakes (cast iron as standard, carbon ceramics optional) provide greater assistance at low speeds, while the tyres are bespoke Pirelli P Zero rubber that balance the needs of high-performance driving, comfort and refinement.

The GT has 20-inch wheels in the front and 21-inch wheels in the rear.

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.

Inside, there's a combination of familiar and new. It might look similar to existing McLarens, but there are new seats that are heated with extra padding and back support. An electrochromatic glass panel replaces the standard black carbon piece to enable light to penetrate the greenhouse without having to use a sunroof. It's said to be McLaren's fastest system yet. The spacious interior features Nappa leather trim, which can be upgraded to luxury leather or cashmere.

The McLaren Grand Touring is now available for pre-order with delivery beginning later this year.

Keen to get your hands on a McLaren GT of your own?

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