McLaren says it will be the most practical mid-engined supercar on the market

Confirmed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren’s new grand tourer is about to go into production. The news comes from McLaren itself, which just released a batch of photos and additional information about the yet-unnamed vehicle.

What is The McLaren Grand Tourer?

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Described as "the McLaren of Grand Tourers," it’s supposed to be the company’s most practical supercar yet. This job is currently held by the 570GT, essentially a 570S with a modified engine hood that leaves room for cargo and friendlier dynamics that make it more suitable for longer drives.

McLaren aims to take things up a notch in the grand touring direction with even more passenger and cargo room and a more comfortable ride. However, the Brits promise that their GT will remain true to McLaren’s spirit and deliver outstanding performance.

Unlike the 570GT, it won't be part of any existing model series. This GT will stand on its own and will probably kick off a series of new supercars.

Just like the Sports Series and Super Series, it will probably spawn a more track-focused version at some point, and it could also be offered with more than one drivetrain option.

What Sets the McLaren Grand Tourer Apart from Other McLaren Cars?

The McLaren 'Grand Tourer' Is All But Ready to Debut
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Although it has a familiar design that draws cues from the company’s existing products, the GT boasts a unique rear section. The engine hood is definitely longer than the Senna or 720S, extending all the way back to the rear fascia. This design allows for more storage room in front and above the engine compartment. Because it’s a two-seater, there will be storage room behind the seats as well.

Sure, it won't have the trunk capacity of a hatchback, but it will have room for more than just a set of golf clubs.

McLaren also confirmed that it won’t be a hybrid, so there will be additional room under the front hood. Again, the short nose won’t provide too much space, but McLaren probably designed that section with this specific feature in mind and cargo room should exceed that of the 720S or Speedtail. McLaren will probably offer a bespoke set of bags for this car so you will be able to use up space more efficiently.

McLaren promises it will be the most usable mid-engined car yet. The British firm also claims it will have the best power-to-weight ratio and that it will be one of the quickest grand tourers on the market. These are huge claims, but based on the speed and power-to-weight ratios of McLarens from the past, I’m very tempted to believe them.

The McLaren Grand Tourer Will Have a V-8 Engine

The McLaren 'Grand Tourer' Is All But Ready to Debut
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McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt revealed that the grand tourer will be only McLaren to share its DNA with the Speedtail.

However, unlike the Speedtail, the GT will be a gasoline-only supercar.

Power will come from the company’s award-winning twin-turbo V-8, which generates up to 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque in the 720S. The Brits will probably use this unveiling to introduce an upgraded version of the mill. The 4.0-liter unit could grow bigger and generate around 750 horsepower.

McLaren 650S McLaren 675LT McLaren 720S
Engine 3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo 3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8
Power 641 HP @ 7,250 RPM 666 HP @ 7,100 RPM 710 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 500 LB-FT @ 6,000 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 5,500-6,500 RPM 568 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM
Transmission Seven-Speed Dual Clutch Seven-Speed SSG 7 Speed SSG
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.0 seconds 2.9 seconds 2.8 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 8.4 seconds 7.9 seconds 7.8 seconds
Top Speed 207 mph 205 mph 212 mph
Weight 3,148 Lbs 2,927 Lbs 2,828 Lbs
Weight distribution (Front/Rear) 42.5%/57.5% 42.5%/57.5% TBA

The McLaren Grand Tourer Will Arrive 2019

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McLaren has yet to reveal a launch date, but promised that the camouflage will start to come off in May.

This means that an official unveiling could happen this summer. The British firm often uses the Goodwood Festival of Speed to launch new supercars, so this grand tourer might break cover there. This year’s event takes place in early July, but a full showcase could happen at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Further reading

2019 McLaren 600LT Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren 600LT.

2019 McLaren 600LT Spider Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider.

2019 McLaren 720S Spider Exterior Interior
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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider

2018 McLaren 720S High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

Meet the 2019 McLaren Senna – Track-Going Evil With a Hunger For the Road Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Will Debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren Senna.

The McLaren of Grand Tourers reveals its sleek, elegant shape
First announced by CEO, Mike Flewitt, during McLaren’s Geneva press conference
Disguising camouflage to be removed in May
The fourth McLaren to be revealed under the company’sTrack25 business plan
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McLaren has removed the shape-changing, additional body panels previously used to hide the form of its imminent, rule-breaking ‘Grand Tourer’. The car’s sleek and boldly elegant design can now be discerned although the lightweight body remains covered by a shrink-wrapped livery that suggests the number of established rules the McLaren of Grand Tourers will break. The company is promising it will begin to peel off this disguise this May.

The application of the shrink-wrap will also enable the Development Team to enter the closing stages of the car’s extensive evaluation programme, which has already encompassed thousands of miles in hot and cold climates across the globe. The ‘Grand Tourer’ has proven its ability to cover long distances in supreme comfort, but always with extra shape-changing and noise-inducing panels applied. Now that these have been removed, the Development Team will run further validation tests, including a 1,000 mile (1,600km) drive from McLaren’s development base near Barcelona, Spain, back to the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England. To be completed in one stint with two occupants and a full complement of luggage, this is one of many long-distance drives that will help the team to confirm the new model is both comfortable and refined over the long distances a grand tourer is expected to consume … one rule that McLaren won’t be breaking.

The McLaren of Grand Tourers was announced by McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, during last month’s press presentation at the 89th International Geneva Motor Show. He promised that the fourth car to be launched under the company’s Track25 Business Plan will combine competition levels of performance from a twin-turbo V8 engine with continent-crossing capability and a level of agility never experienced before in the luxury Grand Tourer segment. He stated that the McLaren of Grand Tourers will be the most usable mid-engined car yet. The McLaren of Grand Tourers will also be the only one to share its DNA with a Hyper-GT: McLaren’s Speedtail. Mike went on to say that the car - a name is yet to be announced – won’t be part of any of the company’s existing model Series and will be a unique, tailored model. Its interior will feel spacious, uncluttered and modern with only authentic, high quality materials employed.

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