After its exciting reveal, the McLaren GT got a proper video walk-around treatment from Jack Rix, Deputy Editor of Top Gear magazine.
It takes a while for the looks of the new McLaren GT to grow on you. At first glance, it is just another McLaren with a few design cues borrowed from the Speedtail. However, make no mistake, the Grand Tourer is an important car in the portfolio of the British carmaker. After all, it’s the most practical supercar ever to roll out of the Woking facility with an incredibly-useful 570-liter luggage capacity.
Top Gear magazine’s Jack Rix got a chance to take a closer look of the GT which is being hailed to redefine grand touring. Launched with all the aspirations of a supercar which is not meant to be a track-focused speed machine but a comfortable inter-continent conqueror, the McLaren GT’s many features got mentioned in the Top Gear clip.
Sharing the carbon-fiber MonoCell II monocoque that used by the 720S and the 570, the McLaren GT has kicked open a new range – the Grand Tourer – in the company line-up which consists of the Sports Series, Super Series, Ultimate Series and the Motorsport Series. The 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine produces 620 hp 465 lb-ft.
Paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission the unit has been tweaked to deliver a broader and flatter torque curve so that the GT is more capable in munching miles than in attacking tracks. It’ll still 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and clock a top speed of 203 mph.
The sedate sister car to the bonkers and mental McLaren 720S bears a $210,000 price tag before the options list is explored. Its competition includes the Aston Martin DB11 V8, Ferrari Portofino, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S. Hopefully we’ll get see some of them lining up for a Top Gear Special in an upcoming season. Not that we love the series that much after the boys left the band.