• Home
  • Advice
  • Brands
  • Partners
  • News
  • Reviews
  • Forum
  • New car ratings

New 620hp McLaren GT revealed

McLaren’s new long-distance GT model brings new levels of luxury and refinement to the British brand

Would you like to stay up to date with the latest from The Car Expert?

McLaren plans to open its range to a whole new audience with its new McLaren GT – a car that’s said to offer outstanding ride comfort and segment-leading cabin refinement.

It will be the first time McLaren has offered a true grand touring model, built with passenger comfort for long distance in mind.

To achieve this, the Woking-based manufacturer has adapted its existing platform and engine block to increase refinement and luggage capacity without affecting performance.

McLaren’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 is once again present, providing 620hp and 630Nm of torque. However, it has been tweaked for the GT with a flatter torque curve that provides more linear acceleration. The zero to 60mph sprint takes just 3.1 seconds, while the top speed is 203mph.

To increase passenger comfort, a new damping control system has been incorporated into the lightweight aluminium suspension set-up. McLaren says it has also improved the suspension controls it first introduced on the 720S supercar, which uses sensors to read the road and predict imperfections before adjusting the suspension in anticipation of bumps. Meanwhile, softer engine mounts reduce vibrations through the cabin.

The interior has been overhauled, too. It might look similar to existing McLarens, but there are new seats that are heated with extra padding and back support. They’re available in Nappa leather as standard with luxury leather, Cashmere and Alcantara options available.

   

The carbon-fibre passenger cell has had a bespoke section fitted at the rear to incorporate a new luggage area that McLaren says can accommodate a bag of golf clubs or a pair of skis. When combined with the front ‘frunk’ – a boot where the engine would be in a traditional car – the McLaren GT has an impressive 570 litres of luggage capacity.

2020 McLaren GT - top view | The Car Expert

On the outside, the styling is unmistakably McLaren but toned down compared with recent efforts. It has been designed to evoke traditional GT imagery while retaining a function over form ethos, such as incorporating air intakes for the radiators into the flared rear haunches.

Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, said: “The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful body and true to McLaren’s ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals.

“In short, this is a car that redefines the notion of a grand tourer in a way that only a McLaren could.”

Order books are now open for the McLaren GT, with prices starting at £163,000. Deliveries are scheduled for late 2019.

The Car Expert Best of British horizontal banner

For the best independent and impartial car buying advice on the internet, always check with The Car Expert:

  • Subscribe to our newsletter for weekly tips and the latest offers from car manufacturers
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our latest articles as soon as we publish them
  • Bookmark our site so you can check back regularly
Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

The Car Expert Gold Partners

(click each logo to read more)

New 620hp McLaren GT revealed 1
New 620hp McLaren GT revealed 2
New 620hp McLaren GT revealed 3
New 620hp McLaren GT revealed 4

Latest articles

Dacia Sandero Stepway

The Dacia Sandero Stepway has an overall Expert Rating that places it in the midfield of similar cars, with its greatest strength being value for money.

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 has been highly praised by the UK media for its performance, driving dynamics and minimalist style, with criticism for some ergonomic issues.

Nissan Leaf e+ review

The Nissan Leaf e+ is a worthy range-topper with a bigger battery providing improved performance and better range, but it still can't keep up with key rivals.

Chevrolet Corvette changes to middle lane

The all-new Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed after years of rumours and teasers – and the new model is very different to what has gone before.

Skoda updates Kodiaq and Karoq with new tech

Skoda has revealed updates to its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs for the 2020 model year.

What are your thoughts? Let us know below.

Be the first to know

Would you like to stay up to date with The Car Expert?

More new and updated cars

Skoda updates Kodiaq and Karoq with new tech

Skoda has revealed updates to its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs for the 2020 model year.

The petrol Mazda 3 with ‘diesel-like’ fuel economy

Mazda 3 models with the brand's new Skyactiv-X petrol engine will arrive in showrooms in October, at prices starting from £23,555.

New Lotus Evija is £1.7m electric hypercar

Lotus has unveiled a long-awaited all-new model in the form of an electric hypercar, the Lotus Evija.

New Mini Electric launched at Oxford factory

The Mini Electric, the company's first fully-electric model, has been unveiled at the car-maker’s Oxford factory.