When a new McLaren model is revealed, it’s definitely a special occasion. This time around, the British automaker has created what it simply calls the GT. It’s a grand tourer that pushes out supercar performance figures, so you can stay comfortable while blowing away Lamborghinis.
While the McLaren GT is based on the Speedtail, a limited production model, it has a more traditional two-seat layout instead of the interesting three-seat configuration. Regulations in the U.S. for airbags killed the fun on that one.
A mid-mounted twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 howls with 612 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. Channeling that power to the rear wheels is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to McLaren, the GT can do 0-60 in just 3.1 seconds, plus hit 203 mph.
An Optimal Control Theory software for suspension damping reads the road surface in advance and adjusts in two milliseconds. That means greater comfort and handling.
Amazingly, the GT tips the scale at a scant 3,232 pounds. That’s only 100 more than the 720S, but this McLaren comes with many more creature comforts. For starters, there’s 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the car. There’s also ambient interior lighting, and a 12-speaker sound system with carbon-fiber subwoofers. You can even opt for a glass roof that changes from clear to heavily tinted with the push of a button.
If you have at least $210,000 to blow on the car, the McLaren GT is perhaps within your reach. Cars should start arriving at dealerships sometime around the end of the year.