Recently, McLaren has been actively trying to enter the city car market. This direction reflects one of the company's development strategies. The main goal is to bring an elite sports car to the streets of cities. At the same time, the company is not going to make a crossover or SUV. The McLaren GT has become a new version of the urban sports car, and we will talk about it.
- The McLaren GT is a completely new model and the brand's first truly mass-produced car.
- To optimize it for new tasks, braking and steering have been optimized for lower speeds.
- The McLaren GT excels in urban maneuvering and long distance driving.
New sports long-haul McLaren GT
The McLaren GT is a powerful car with impressive performance. It has some unique characteristics that make it an iconic model in the market. Especially for those cases where frequent trips over long distances are required.
McLaren GT and its characteristics
The new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine makes 612 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. It can hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Acceleration to 124 miles per hour occurs in nine seconds. The quality of the motor is complemented by a seven-speed SSG transmission.
McLaren uses such terms to describe the characteristics of a new car. For example, "linear, smooth and continuous acceleration."
New car from scratch
The McLaren GT is the fourth new model introduced under Track25's business plan. The Grand Tourer (or GT) is not just a 700S or something with a lot of bells and whistles. Everything is new with the McLaren GT: chassis, engine, bodywork, everything. The McLaren GT is longer than any Sports or Super Series model.
The company says the GT reflects the Speedtail concept. The car is very elegant, but from certain angles it seems awkward. At the same time, the angular forms of British design are guessed. Italian bureaus will definitely not design such a car.
Capacity and load capacity
The total carrying capacity of the vehicle is 20.1 cu. feet with rear luggage compartment (i.e. trunk). It is accessed through the rear tailgate. McLaren says there's room in the rear trunk for bags, skis and golf clubs.
This way you won't damage the cargo hold while loading up your gear, but a special interior trim called SuperFabric is optional. It fills the rear luggage compartment and is filled with a layer of tiny armored skid plates to protect against smudges, cuts and scratches.
Built for everyday use
If you buy this luxury novelty, you are guaranteed a smooth yet sporty ride. This property is provided by the new Proactive Damping Control suspension system. The new chassis creates a new level of comfort and, in combination with the hydraulic steering system, creates the right dynamics and formula-level control.
McLaren has gone so far as to optimize braking and steering at lower speeds for everyday use. The ride height is designed for ease of use in urban environments.
According to the company, the infotainment system is also new and is the most sophisticated of any McLaren model to date. It provides navigation display and real-time traffic information. The interface works like a smartphone through the seven-inch central touch screen. The package of features and capabilities includes satellite navigation, Bluetooth, media streaming and voice activation. The touchscreen also controls heating and ventilation, so the total number of switches on the dashboard is kept to a minimum.
Stereo sound with 12 speakers is amazing. Bowers System Wilkins with woofers is made of carbon fiber. The midrange drivers are made from Kevlar.
Nappa leather is standard on all vehicles of the brand. Versions in soft luxurious leather or Alcantara are available as upgrades. A special cashmere interior will be available by the end of the year. Either way, the McLaren GT's seats are electrically adjustable and heated. They provide support for the shoulders and back when moving long distances. Excellent softness and comfort.
Price and availability
The price of this legendary car is not so scary and starts at $210,000. Deliveries will begin towards the end of 2019.
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