New McLaren GT Unveiled With 612 HP And $210,000 Price Tag

McLaren has just unveiled the all-new GT, the fourth new model introduced under its Track25 business plan. Orders can be placed effective immediately, with deliveries set to commence towards the end of 2019.

Pricing in the U.S. starts from $210,000, while UK buyers are expected to pay upwards of £163,000, including taxes. In return for their money, they receive a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8, producing a hefty 612 HP (620 PS) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque.

“The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful body and true to McLaren’s ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals. Designed for distance, it provides the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer, but with a level of agility never experienced before in this segment. In short, this is a car that redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer in a way that only a McLaren could,” said the company’s CEO, Mike Flewitt.

A modern Grand Tourer

The McLaren design team chose to give the new GT long and elegant exterior lines and muscular rear fenders, so as to express that this is more of a long journey supercar than the usual track-focused weaponry we’ve come to expect from the British brand. The GT measures almost 4.7 meters in length (over 15 feet), which means that it’s longer than any of the other models in the McLaren Sports or Super Series.

Its front and rear overhangs extend further than what we’re used to seeing on other McLarens, while the 10-degree approach angle at the front (13-degree with lift engaged) helps the car cope with “the most aggressive traffic calming measures.” Furthermore, its underbody clearance of 4.3 inches / 110 mm (5.1 inches / 130 mm with lift engaged), makes the GT usable in all urban traffic situations. The automaker even claims that in lift mode, this supercar’s ground clearance is equal to that of mainstream sedans.

In terms of its construction, the GT features a bespoke MonoCell II-T monocoque, with a carbon fiber rear upper structure that allows for a 14.8 cu.ft luggage area below the tailgate, which has a soft-close function as standard and can even be operated electrically. According to McLaren, you can fit a golf bag or two pairs of 185 cm skis and boots, as well as luggage. You also get a further 5.3 cu.ft (150 liters) of storage at the front, meaning that the car can accommodate a total of 20.1 cu.ft (570 liters).

The most luxurious McLaren ever

The new McLaren GT features a well-rounded interior, focused on high performance driving, but also longer journeys. Its unique electrically adjusted and heated seats have been engineered for comfort, while the high-quality materials complement features such as the automaker’s most sophisticated infotainment system to date, aluminum switches and controls, gloss black surrounds for the screen, window switches, gear-selection console and air vents. There’s also a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system with carbon fiber sub-bass woofers and Kevlar mid-range drive units.

Also read: McLaren 600LT Spider Available To Order In The U.S. From $256,000

Nappa leather trim is featured as standard, although buyers can also opt for softgrain luxury leather or Alcantara, depending on which spec they choose – Cashmere will become available as an additional choice towards the end of the year (the first time this material has been used in a production vehicle).

As for the previously-mentioned 7-inch infotainment system, it comes with HERE navigation mapping and real time traffic information. DAB digital radio (or Sirius satellite radio in North America) is standard, as is the dual-zone climate control system, which allows for fully automatic and independent settings for the driver and passenger. Meanwhile, the driver is provided with key vehicle information through a 12.3-inch TFT screen, whose graphics resemble those seen on aircraft.

“The new McLaren GT combines McLaren’s design philosophies with classic Grand Tourer visual cues. Bold, elegant volumes flow seamlessly from nose to tail, encapsulating the beautifully crafted cabin. The sophisticated, sculpted body expresses both the power of the car and its ability to cosset occupants during long-distance driving. The teardrop shape of the cabin, which stretches back to encompass the rear luggage area, follows the aerodynamic principles inherent in all McLarens, while the muscular rear fenders that form the side intakes for the high-temperature radiators are an example of how we merge both beauty and functionality to create breath-taking authentic designs. The new McLaren GT clearly stands out both as a new type of McLaren and a cutting-edge interpretation of a Grand Tourer for a new era,” said McLaren design boss, Rob Melville.

A new 4.0-liter twin turbo V8

The McLaren GT’s new twin turbo V8 engine produces 612 HP (620 PS) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque with the help of a 7-speed SSG transmission. With the Launch Control function engaged, the GT can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.1 seconds, while 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) takes 9 seconds flat. Max it out and you’ll be doing 203 mph (326 km/h).

With a weight of just 1,530 kg (3,373 lbs), the GT is said to be more than 130 kg (286 lbs) lighter than its “closest core competitor”. It also has a 399 HP per ton power-to-weight ratio, which is pretty remarkable.

Also impressive is the fact that its suspension, steering and brakes are all bespoke and optimized to provide the best possible Grand Touring driving experience, while also delivering responsiveness and precision, plus superior ride comfort to any other McLaren. Thanks to its hydraulic dampers (Proactive Damping Control), the GT can offer a particularly compliant ride in Comfort Mode (also available are Sport and Track modes).

The P ZERO tires are also bespoke, developed by Pirelli to fit the GT’s 21-inch alloy rear wheels, which are actually the largest ever wheels fitted to a McLaren – front wheels measure 20-inches in diameter.

“The new McLaren GT delivers the dynamic performance and driving exhilaration expected of a McLaren but is also an exceptionally refined vehicle. We’re particularly proud of the Proactive Damping Control suspension, which utilizes the next generation of our pioneering Optimal Control Theory to deliver levels of ride comfort that better all previous McLarens. Overall, the breadth of ability demonstrated by the new McLaren GT – especially its everyday usability – is truly remarkable,” added McLaren GT vehicle line director, Darren Goddard.

 

more photos...
  • salamOOn

    not bad, but in reality its nothing new…..

    • Jason Panamera

      Thanks to McLaren and their almost ,, every 3 years new model strategy” other companies are under pressure to serve new stuff to their customers. I like it.

  • AR1

    is this the “new” corvette?

    • Howfarr

      I thought this was the new corvette at a glance too

    • Jason Panamera

      I like new Corvette’s interior more than this.

    • lagunas3ca

      No, but I bet you it will sell better than the new Corvette.

      • Ben

        Highly doubt that.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    it “looks like” a C8 corvette

  • Ruel Lewis

    Not impressed at all.

  • ErnieB

    Awesome new c8! Looks good! Lol

  • Some ol’ bloke

    People Who Say this looks like the corvette:
    1:How do you know- its not released
    2:From Spy Shots, No It Doesn’t
    3:You Could’ve said it if the corvette had actually been released after years of tedious hype, with no show.

    • MIL1234

      More like a Modena

      • Some ol’ bloke

        Sure? 🙂

  • ctk4949

    The rear looks like a NSX. Not sure but it looks boring. Maybe its the fugly gold/copper paint. Interior is nice, except for that gloss black.

    • ErnieB

      I’ll take this over the NSX any day though..

  • Mr. Viscous

    Giving me very ‘modern day Jag XJ220’ vibes…Love it!

  • SteersUright

    And of course, in keeping with modern McLaren tradition, it looks like a submersible from a low budget sci-fi movie.

  • DMax

    I’d rather get the top of the line C8 and bank the leftover 100k.

    • lagunas3ca

      You’re in for quite the surprise if you think the brand new top of the line C8 will be $110K.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    It’s nice, but the big air vent right behind the door looks like it was taken right off the Senna. A grand touring car doesn’t need those. It’d look better if it were more simple like the 720s.
    The front may look good in real life, maybe not, but in photos damn it’s ugly

    • Ben

      I think you’re right. Too many designers using vents for design sake nowadays. An elegant and smooth design is the calling card of a proper GT in my book. However, with the power specs they likely set out to achieve the vent may have been an absolute necessity, ya never know.

      • TheAmerican2point0

        The 720s has 710 horsepower and doesn’t have the vents (although it does have it in the headlights and other areas). This has 612. It looks sloppily thrown together, like they were too lazy or didn’t have the time to design new vents. They just sized down from the Senna and boom.

  • Ben

    Gonna be real tough to hypothetically choose this over a 911 Turbo S for my “Sports car on vacation vehicle”. I mean, this imaginary $215k is burning a hole in my pockets.

  • Marc Gruben

    Here we go again with “bespoke” abuse. This car has bespoke MonoCell-T monocoque, bespoke suspension, bespoke steering, bespoke brakes, and bespoke Pirelli tires. Give me a break.

    You know what’s truly “bespoke”? Turds. Think about it. Every turd has a unique size, weight, mass, composition, shape, color, and aroma. Each one is produced by a unique individual with unique DNA. No two turds have ever been, or will ever, be absolutely identical. Whereas it’s almost a forgone conclusion that there will be several identical McLaren GTs.

    Now that my rant is over, I like it. Still want to wait for the C8, however.

    • Javokhir_Sam

      ROFLOL 🙂

  • Javokhir_Sam

    Proportions are a bit weird to my eyes. I think copying Senna’s side intakes wasn’t a very clever idea since Senna is a hardcore track car but GT is by its own name a grand tourer. Personally speaking, gt’s need to look good and unintimidating.

    Technically speaking, power might be alright but a proper grand tourer needs an all-wheel-drive. You might say why AWD. Well this type of car is designed to cross continents in a huge speeds in a various surfaces of road, safely. As we all know wet roads mandate AWD for safety. Understandingly MCL cannot afford afford AWD tech and R&D costs, therefore they should not bother with this GT. If you cannot do a proper GT don’t do it, simple is that.
    To support my points on AWD on Gt cars you can watch GT episode on Aston DBS. Then you can feel how important is the awd for a proper GT car.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Disagree about AWD. Aston Martin do not offer it and those are as classical as GTs get. The 928 wasn’t awd. Ferrari didn’t give you awd in the Daytona or the 550/575.

      • Javokhir_Sam

        First, yeah Aston does not have AWD and therefore lost all the battles among Conti GT and M850I even having a huge power and weight advantage. Watch the episode.

        Second, time is changing and there is a huge technological leap that allows automakers to use AWD in a sportscar without much sacrifice. But in the oden days, the technology did not allow to have an AWD in a sports car. Therefore GT cars like Daytona or 928 were RWD.

        • Six Thousand Times

          So, GTs CAN have awd but don’t actually NEED it is what we agree on.

          • Javokhir_Sam

            I got your argument. Let’s put it this way. Nokia 3310 did not have a touch screen and internet but was a great phone and everyone praised it. However, technology moved forward since then and now there are iPhones and Androids with touch screen and internet which makes Nokia 3310 almost completely useless. 928/Daytona case is the same as this Nokia.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Disagree. There’s something to be said for the pure handling and less weight that a rwd car brings. Only in extreme conditions have I ever wished I had awd. It’s not about technology, it’s a preference in feel.

          • Javokhir_Sam

            AWD can have RWD mode if you wish. Think M5 or E63 for example. Plus, AWD in modern sports cars weigh no more than your suitcase thanks to the carbon propshaft.

          • Six Thousand Times

            But then you’re hauling around the dead weight. I’m not anti-awd but for me it’s just not critical to a great drive.

          • Javokhir_Sam

            First, if you are against the dead weight in your car, you can throw out airbag system in your car as well which weighs a lot, for example. You don’t need it all the time, same as AWD. Only when you crash. As AWD when it is raining. But still AWD is more frequently used because it rains more often than you crash. Now tell me, which one is more of a dead weight? In modern cars there are dozens of things to be considered as dead weight and don’t worry about the additional weight of AWD.
            Second, AWD is not a threat to a great drive anymore but makes the drive safer in wet conditions. Think M5 again.

            P/S: To be honest I am enjoying this conversation. 🙂

  • B.Stokes

    I like it. Great Porsche 911 Turbo S competitor.

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    It should have been 2+2 otherwise it is redundant with other Mclaren models

    • Bo Hanan

      My thoughts exactly. I wonder if the golf clubs sitting on the engine cover is the G.T. in this GrandTourer.
      Otherwise I don’t see it either.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’ll give you that – but it is mid-engine.

    • Benjamin B.

      I agree. It’s missing the 2+2. I’m impressed with the luggage capacity.

  • Bash

    It’s awesome.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Even better than I’d hoped for.

  • Jweisberg

    looked better with the camo wrap on.

  • Matt

    That’s the most unlikely thing I’ve ever heard. This car would have been planned before the 720S was even shown to the public.

    This car is for customers who want a less ‘raw’ driving experience, something a bit more comfortable for daily use.

  • Kagan

    No Beauty.

  • CASHMERE PILLS.

  • Syedur Rahman

    Kind of looks like Ferrari F430

  • Benjamin B.

    I thought this was a new DB Series Aston Martin. The price is too low for its class. Unless McLaren wants to be the budget GT brand.

  • StrangerGP

    The front is bland, but a good looking car overall. I like how for once they didn’t go crazy with the styling.

  • Vassilis

    Meh

  • drano66

    Nice fake T-bar (T-top)

2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Teased Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Debut

BMW is finally ready to fully embrace front-wheel drive sedans.

Hyundai And Kia Settle Class Action Lawsuits Over 2.0- And 2.4-Liter GDI Engines

The settlement covers approximately 4.1 million vehicles in the United States.

Audi Grounds Their Flying Car Project

The company has suspended work on the project and is reviewing their partnership with Airbus.

Pimp Your 2020 Chrysler Pacifica With Official Red S Edition Package For $3,995

The Red S Edition package is available for 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited gas and hybrid models and focuses mostly on the interior.

Morris Commercial Teases Their Carbon Fiber-Bodied Electric Delivery Van

The upcoming model draws inspiration from the 1950’s Morris J-type van.

Buick Puts Bigger Battery Into China’s Velite 6 EV, Extends Range To 255 Miles

The new version of Buick’s EV gains an 148 HP electric motor and a 52.5 kWh battery pack, which extends its range by 68 miles.

Jeep Gladiator XMT Unveiled As A Light Tactical Military Truck

The Gladiator XMT could go into production during the second half of next year.

Hyundai Nexo And Tucson FCVs Have Racked Up Over 8.4 Million Miles In The U.S.

Despite not selling in high numbers, mainly due to the limited refueling infrastructure, the two models have covered a distance equal to 17 round-trip journeys to the surface of the Moon.

2020 Acura ILX Hits Showrooms, Retains Last Year’s $25,900 Starting Price

The 2020 ILX features available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, plus the AcuraWatch safety suite as standard.

Driver Filmed Begging Trucker Not To Dump Burning Trash That Caused Deadly California Wildfire

The man sensed the danger and begged for the trucker not to dump the burning garbage so close to a field, but to no avail.