GT: Anatomy of the Practical Supercar

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Set to be released later this year, the 2020 McLaren GT is a supercar that delivers optimum comfort and utility as a sedan for long drives while still maintaining the characteristic power, performance, and aesthetic of a modern sports car.

One of the many drawbacks of observed in many supercars is that their focus on performance often means that comfort provisions such as legroom and space are almost an afterthought. Supercars can be incredibly uncomfortable as vehicles for cross-country travel. Thus, they are first and foremost meant to be city vehicles, optimally driven within towns and cities where comfort in long-distance drives is not usually an issue.

The new McLaren was designed to change all that.

McLaren’s Grand Tourer

Although drawing heavily from the design of its predecessors, the 2020 McLaren GT was a car that shocked the industry. Not only did it retain the streamlined aesthetic and its standard high-performance engineering to be expected from a supercar, but it also incorporated practical features that made it ideal for long-distance travel without negatively impacting its performance capabilities. Its seats are optimally arranged to provide ample support to drivers for comfortable long-distance driving.

The GT is part of a set of four new vehicle models outlined for McLaren’s 2025 business plan, which was first announced in 2018. This vehicle aims to deliver the same high-performance expectations that supercars of its brand are known for while offering the space and comfort features that make it an attractive option for motorists who travel cross-country with regularity.

Features

Physically, the McLaren GT draws heavy inspiration from several cars of its line, giving it the familiar aesthetic seen in most of McLaren’s vehicles. Its main difference lies in its rear fascia, which deviates away from the classic McLaren look in favour of a more traditional profile. Despite its supercar pedigree, the McLaren GT is designed with long-distance driving in mind. The GT offers several features that make it a comfortable driving vehicle for cross-country and cross-continent rides.

McLaren describes the GT as one of the most practical mid-engined supercars on the market, and it shows. One of the best features offered by the GT is its trunk space. Its luggage compartment is bigger than most two-door sports cars, with about approximately 0.42 cubic metres of space available. It does, in fact, offer more space than some mainstream sedans in the market today.

Its measurements also account for practicality. Its higher ground clearance at 10.92 centimetres separate it from all other McLarens and give it a functionality comparable to that of a mainstream sedan. Meanwhile, its length at more than 4.6 meters and its bulky profile place it firmly as a grand tourer, with ample leg room and space for relaxing long-distance travel.

Moreover, the vehicle can also be upgraded with several luxuriant furnishings, such as soft grain luxury leather and a 12-speaker, Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system.

Performance

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Without a doubt, the vehicle can deliver service as a practical sedan for its owners, but how well does it perform under the hood? Within the interior of the GT, the tell-tale mechanisms of the supercar are still in place. The vehicle is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine, a hallmark of the supercars in McLaren’s catalogue.

The vehicle’s body is built around a rigid and strong carbon fibre MonoCell II-T Monocoque structure, which adds resilience while reducing the vehicle’s overall weight. At 1,530 kilograms, this grand tourer is still remarkably light.