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?