2019 McLaren GT revealed: 456kW Bentley rival debuts

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McLaren has unveiled the GT, the latest addition to its supercar range.

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Whereas all previous McLaren models have inherently skewed towards utmost performance and precision, the GT is aimed at long-distance cruising and comfort.

Visually, it borrows numerous design cues from other McLarens. Up front there’s a 570S-inspired face, with a technical lower intake area and ultra-slim LED headlights. Around the side there’s a mammoth intake to cool the engine, while at the rear there’s a set of slim LED tail-light strips, dual titanium exhaust tips, an inbuilt ducktail spoiler and a large tailgate.

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Underpinning the GT is an revised version of the carbon-fibre MonoCell II structure used by the hardcore 720S, with additional strengthening at the rear to accomodate the tailgate and large cargo area.

That platform allows the Woking brand to fit its trusty 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which, with its smaller GT-specific turbochargers (which improve response at low speed), churns out 456kW of power and 630Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h sprint is covered in just 3.2 seconds, 0-200km/h happens in 9.0 seconds, and it tops out at 326km/h.

Being a grand tourer, practicality has been prioritised. Behind the seats, there’s 420 litres of space, enough for a set of golf clubs and two small travel bags – combine that with 150 litres in the ‘frunk’ for as much total luggage space as a Ford Focus wagon.

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The tailgate is power operated, too – a first in a McLaren model.

Inside, McLaren has taken the interior more upmarket, with a 12.3-inch portrait infotainment screen running an new operating system. Plush Nappa leather comes as standard – with even softer semi-Aniline cow product available as an option – while there are soft touch surfaces and Alcantara accents aplenty.

Additional sound damping has been added, with the GT being a claimed 4 decibels quieter than a V12-powered Aston Martin DB11. These comfort-focused modifcations do come at a cost though, as the car weighs 1530 kilograms.

The 2019 McLaren GT goes on sale in European markets later this year.

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