McLaren unveils lightweight 2020 GT with supercar performance

McLaren unveils lightweight 2020 GT with supercar performance

The GT shares its DNA with the highly anticipated McLaren Speedtail, which is the spiritual successor of the all-time classic McLaren F1.

If that idea puts a shudder through you, then rest assured that it has not been achieved with an un-McLaren like sacrifice of ideals. Length of new GT is 4.7 meters which is longer than any other Sports or Super Series models from McLaren. And according to the DIN figure (plus 90 per cent fuel) it's only 32kg heavier than a 570 GT - which is remarkable thought when you actually see the auto because it seems substantially larger than its spiritual forbear.

At almost 4.7 metres long, the GT is longer than anything in the Sports and Super Series, and the flowing exterior lines takes advantage of that considerable length to great effect.

On the outside, the styling is unmistakably McLaren but toned down compared with recent efforts.

Measuring in at 4683mm long, 2045mm wide and 1213mm tall with a 2675mm wheelbase and 110mm of ground clearance, GT offers what McLaren claims is class-leading cargo capacity of 570L, which is split between front (150L) and rear (420L) compartments.

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The rear-end is likely to earn the most plaudits, which is appropriate given that's where much of the engineering effort is focused. When combined with the front "frunk" - a boot where the engine would be in a traditional vehicle - the GT has an impressive 570 litres of luggage capacity. The Grand Tourer incorporates a carbon fibre rear upper structure that adds minimal weight but allows the creation of a 420-litre luggage area below the front-hinged, full-length glazed tailgate. It makes for a slightly airier cabin, too; handy when you're advocating the space for longer journeys. It might look similar to existing McLarens, but there are new seats that are heated with extra padding and back support.

Options include soft grain luxury leather or Alcantara seats instead of the standard Nappa leather trim. The infotainment is "McLaren's most sophisticated yet", consisting of a 7.0-inch infotainment system with HERE navigation and live traffic updates.

When it comes to the engine and chassis, McLaren needs no additional encouragement to get things right. A lightweight aluminum, double-wishbone design gets hydraulic dampers for McLaren's Proactive Damping Control. However, the key focus on the GT has been on factors like ride comfort, practicality in terms of storage spaces inside the vehicle and everyday usability (in terms of ground clearance and day-to-day driving).

Powering those wheels is yet another variation of the 4.0-litre V8, the M840TE. Befitting the Grand Tourer designation, though, more than 95-percent of maximum torque is available from a more leisurely 3,000 rpm.

With such kind of pricing, the GT is apparently positioned to lure buyers from the Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT, both offering a combination of sporty and refined road manners.

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