New McLaren GT REVEALED - Practical supercar launches with 203mph top speed

New McLaren GT REVEALED - Practical supercar launches with 203mph top speed

Take a look at any of the offerings from its Super Series (570S Spider), Sports Series (720S Spider) or even the Ultimate Series consisting of the P1, Senna and the Speedtail. As is the norm with all McLaren models, the GT also gets the patented blend of luxurious & high-quality interiors, a beast of an engine and exquisite carbon fibre & aluminium bodywork.

It is the first Grand Tourer to come out of Woking, and McLaren proudly refers to its long, sleek creation as a 'super lightweight'. Prices for Australia haven't yet been disclosed, but in the United Kingdom the GT starts from £163,000. Many had tried the pretty 570GT from the Sports Series, McLaren's softer, roomier, more everyday toe-in-the-water GT exercise from 2016.

The GT establishes a brand-new category for McLaren, one that sits alongside the sports and super series, and is powered by a 4.0-litre twin- turbo V8, which uncharacteristically sits in the middle of the auto, developing 620hp and 630 NM of torque. The rear glazed tailgate is front-hinged for unhindered access and available electrically powered. McLaren states that the low height of the engine and positioning of the exhaust system has allowed the volume, shape and usability of the luggage bay to be optimised. A 12-speaker Bowers&Wilkins premium audio system is available at an additional cost.

In terms of technology, the cabin features McLaren's latest infotainment system with real-time navigation and traffic reporting. Among the fastest-operating in any vehicle, it also features industry-standard Here navigation mapping and real-time traffic information.

Unlike McLaren's existing cars, it doesn't fall into any of the three current categories. Pirelli have developed bespoke P ZERO tires to fit with 21-inch alloy rear wheels.

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The auto is a bit more usable as an everyday vehicle, too.

Powering the GT is a new 620PS 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged engine, designated M840TE. "In short, this is a vehicle that redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer in a way that only a McLaren could", said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. Befitting the Grand Tourer designation, though, more than 95-percent of maximum torque is available from a more leisurely 3,000 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission remains.

It will accomplish this using the same aluminium, double wishbone and hydraulic damper arrangement that features elsewhere, but will deploy a new iteration of the Optimal Control Theory software algorithm (yay science) to "read" the road ahead and react accordingly.

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

McLaren has revealed its new grand tourer, the 2020 McLaren GT, but if you were expecting a sedate highway cruiser this is a 612 horsepower reminder that the automaker doesn't do slow.

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