The new £163,000 McLaren GT is finally here
When you think McLaren, you normally think rapid, track monster right? Not this time. This is the new McLaren GT and it will sit alongside the Sports, Super and Ultimate Series of McLarens. This is the first proper grand tourer from the British car manufacturer and it is said to rival the Bentley Continental and Aston Martin DB11.
The GT comes with a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 which produces just 612 hp (620 ps) which may not sound like much but don't forget, this is meant to be a luxury cruiser not a track monster. As well as this, the GT will get from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and will have a top speed of 203 mph which I would say is more than sufficient in a grand tourer.
With the GT being 4.7 metres long, it is longer than any of McLaren's Sports or Super series. It comes out at about the same length as the DB11 which I think is a good size for a GT car these days.
The main focus however, is on the inside. McLaren have gone overboard with the amount of plush leather and aluminum in the cabin. What I like is that there is no visible Carbon Fibre, as it is a car of luxury, not performance.
There are other luxuries you would expect such as an upgraded speaker system and infotainment system, climate control, sunroof, ambient lighting and very comfortable looking seats for those long journeys down to Monaco. The one thing that has struck me however, is the ability to add cashmere to your interior. This will be available towards the end of the year and I'm sure will be a popular option...
In terms of overall looks, I am not sold. I think it looks alright but just a little boring if I'm honest. I know it is meant to share elements from the Speedtail etc but it doesn't really jump out at me.
Unlike most GT cars, the McLaren GT is mid-engined, meaning that it separates itself from the others in its category. With the engine being fairly low and with the positioning of the exhaust, there is lots of space available (570 litres) in the boot. McLaren have said there is enough space to fit a golf bag or two pairs of skis. I wish I was taking this Skiing.
Will it be as good as the Bentley or Aston Martin? Performance-wise I don't see why not and it looks remarkably comfortable inside but for me I just can't come to grips with the almost effortless and bland exterior. The back is the best bit but the rest doesn't really excite me enough to want to spend £160k on it (if I was in that position). I may be wrong, but will need to see it in person I think. Or maybe it's just the copper paint job?
The car will start shipping late 2019 and orders are open now. Prices start at £163,000 before options, which I imagine will bolt on a fair amount more money.