McLaren’s “Grand Tourer” Drops Heavy Camo To Reveal Sensational Looks

First teased at the Geneva Motor Show last month, McLaren’s upcoming “Grand Tourer” model returns in the most revealing official shots yet.

Mind you, it’s still completely covered in camouflage, but it has dropped the shape-changing, additional body panels previously used to hide its silhouette. As a result, we can admire for the first time the car’s lines — and there’s a lot to admire as you can see.

The as-yet-unnamed McLaren “Grand Tourer” has all it takes to become the brand’s best-looking car. The first shot of the front end reveals sleek new headlights that are still inspired by the McLaren logo, yet are no longer recessed as with most recent cars from Woking.

It is definitely an elegant, flowing design befitting a grand tourer but still recognizable as a McLaren. We can also spot an aggressively-cut front bumper, massive side air intakes for the mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 engine, and a long rear section that ends with two illuminated stripes acting as the car’s taillights, two round exhausts, and a vented bumper with a diffuser that means business attached to it.

As if these new photos weren’t good (news) enough, McLaren has announced that this new car will drop all camouflage in May, so the wait for the brand’s fourth model announced in the Track25 business plan is almost over.

Obviously, McLaren didn’t reveal much else about the car, which it describes as a rule-breaking “Grand Tourer” and “the most usable mid-engined car yet.” It will also be the only one to share its DNA with the Speedtail Hyper-GT and will feature an interior that “will feel spacious, uncluttered and modern with only authentic, high-quality materials employed.”

Now that the heavy camouflage has been dropped, the company will be able to perform validation testing, including a 1,000-mile (1,600-km) drive from McLaren’s development base near Barcelona, Spain, back to the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England. The test, which will be completed in one stint with two occupants and “a full complement of luggage,” should say a lot about a car that appears quite different compared to anything from McLaren’s current lineup.

The British supercar-maker also says that this new model “will combine competition levels of performance from a twin-turbo V8 engine with continent-crossing capability and a level of agility never experienced before in the luxury Grand Tourer segment.” It has us sold, what about you?

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  • Mike anonymous

    There are only 3 vehicles McLaren has ever made that I’ve every really liked (in terms of design); The F1, The P1, & The original MP412 (especially with it’s ‘touch’ magic ‘door-handles’ where you simply swiped your hand over the door sheet metal and it opened (a feature removed on it’s replacement the 650 because ‘owners were unsure how to get in’).

    Personally the design at McLaren has been a bit all over the place in my opinion, but since the SpeedTail things seem to be getting back into line,.. and THIS. I will say this now; The Camouflage Hasn’t event come all the way off, and it’s already one of the best looking vehicles McLaren has made since they made their return at the turn of the decade.

    • lagunas3ca

      MP412 is a Russian revolver.

      • Mike anonymous

        Oh @lagunas3ca:disqus, you know what I mean MP412”c

  • MIL1234

    Chevrolet
    now Mclaren
    the Modena trend

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      Is that a bad thing?? The Modena is gorgeous

  • exeptor

    I didn’t read the headline and for a moment I was “wow, the C8 started looking really good … almost McLaren like” … and then I read it and …. .

  • FlameWater

    This is how I ideally saw the new Corvette

  • Six_Tymes

    yeah! they are finally honing their design to look more pleasing

  • GLAD TO SEE THE 720’S HEADLIGHT TREATMENT ISN’T BEING USED.

  • Bo Hanan

    Looks like there’s room behind the drivers seat, (read 4-seater).
    McLaren- “from strength to strength.”

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