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McLaren’s most road-focused model yet aims to provide continent-crossing comfort

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PROS

  • Focused on long-distance driving comfort
  • Still rapid with 620hp on tap, though
  • 570 litres of luggage space adds to practicality

CONS

  • Divisive looks
  • Road bias could spoil track performance

PROS

  • Focused on long-distance driving comfort
  • Still rapid with 620hp on tap, though
  • 570 litres of luggage space adds to practicality

CONS

  • Divisive looks
  • Road bias could spoil track performance

McLaren has revealed its latest high speed model - the new McLaren GT. Standing for Grand Tourer, it’s the firm’s first car that pulls the focus away from outright performance, and is instead intended to provide maximum comfort for long-distance driving.

The GT will be a practical for a supercar, potentially even one for everyday use. To that end, it features plenty of equipment and more luggage space than most family crossovers. McLaren’s also retuned the engine and suspension to make for a more relaxed driving environment.

At launch, it’s likely to be cross-shopped with other GT models such as the Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT, though it will be more hard-edged than either of these. Other rivals include the likes of the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 – more entry-level models that are nonetheless often named as ‘everyday’ supercars.

How fast is the new McLaren GT?

McLaren GT rear three-quarter

With a 620hp, 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, the McLaren GT hasn’t sacrificed performance in the name of comfort. It weighs just 1,530kg – which the British brand claims is 130kg lighter than its closest competitor – and as such will be capable of a 0-62mph sprint in just 3.2 seconds. It also has a top speed of 203mph, so it’s far from a slouch.

The engine’s been tuned for response at low revs, making the GT a more civilised car to drive at low speeds. More than 95% of its power is available between 3,000rpm and 7,250rpm, so drivers won’t need to wring-out the powerplant to get the best out of it. It’s mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox, too.

McLaren GT practicality and comfort

McLaren GT interior

Most McLaren vehicles are full-on supercars or track-biased racing machines. That means they don’t really concentrate on comfort – with firm, body-hugging seats and unforgiving suspension. The GT is set to change this, with electrically adjustable and heated seats optimised for long-distance pliance.

The suspension is electronically controlled, capable of ‘reading’ the road and reacting to it to optimise comfort and roadholding. There’s even a dedicated Comfort mode, sitting alongside Sport and Track modes, both of which are attuned for faster driving.

As for practicality, this is the most spacious McLaren yet by a large margin. As a mid-engined car, it has a front boot (or ‘frunk’) with a capacity of 150 litres – slightly less than an archetypal city car.

However, there’s also a rear luggage compartment underneath a full-width glass tailgate, with a capacity of 420 litres, giving a total luggage capacity of 570 litres. For comparison, a Volkswagen Tiguan – a popular family SUV – offers just 520 litres. Naturally, that rear hatch can be electrically operated.

McLaren GT boot

Luxury equipment abounds in the interior. McLaren’s reworked its infotainment system, adding up-to-date connected mapping to the sat-nav. There’s ambient lighting, and the standard carbon-fibre roof has been replaced by a glass panel that can be made opaque at the touch of a button. It’s even possible to specify a high-end Bowers & Wilkins sound system to accompany your long-distance jaunts.

How much does the McLaren GT cost?

The new McLaren GT is already available to order, with first deliveries set to commence towards the end of 2019. In the UK, it’s priced from £163,000. That’s slightly more expensive than its main rivals – the Aston Martin DB11 starts from under £150,000 and the Bentley Continental GT under £160,000.