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2019 McLaren GT stuns Malaysia, the most practical supercar and lightest grand tourer

Shaun · Nov 6, 2019 07:06 PM

McLaren GT front three quarter

  • One of a kind, being the only mid-engine grand tourer
  • Total luggage capacity of 570 litres
  • Reworked 4.0L twin turbo V8 delivers 620 PS and 630 Nm of torque

Speed, agility and practicality aren’t mutually exclusive as proven by McLaren with the GT. It is aimed at the likes of Aston Martin DB11, Ferrari 812, and Bentley Continental GT.

McLaren GT rear

But first, let’s get the stats out of the way. 0-100 km/h is dealt with in 3.2 seconds, keep the go fast pedal pinned to the floor and it’ll hit a top speed of 326 km/h.

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Those are achieved with the help of the 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 borrowed from the 720S albeit with less power and tuned for better low-end performance. The engine is paired to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and lights up the rear wheels.

McLaren GT rear detail

It produces 620 PS at 7500 rpm and peak torque of 630 Nm arrives between 5,500 rpm to 6,500 rpm. Although McLaren states that 95 percent of the maximum torque is available from 3,000 rpm to 7,250 rpm.

McLaren GT front

Its performance figures may not be groundbreaking but what makes the GT unique is the everyday usability.

McLaren GT front three quarter

Starting with the low height of the engine that allows a 420-litre luggage bay above it, which is well-insulated from heat, with an additional 150 litres of storage up front. 

McLaren GT rear luggage space

The ride height and ground clearances have been engineered to tackle urban most urban situations, but even so there’s a lift mode to clear those massive bumps.

Which brings us on to the suspension. The McLaren GT utilizes aluminium double wishbone suspension all round with bespoke anti-roll bars. It features Proactive Damping Control, which is pioneered in the 720S, to read the road ahead and adjust the dampers according to the predicted scenarios.

McLaren GT centre console

The chassis, steering and transmission settings can be electronically altered between Comfort, Sport and Track.

McLaren GT steering wheel

But comfort seems to be the name of the game here especially with the emphasis on reducing noise. NVH materials are extensively used to reduce mechanical noises from the engine bay including the headliner, floor, rear bulkhead, doors and inside the luggage compartment.

McLaren GT interior

The wheel arch liners and seals have been optimized to reduce road and wind noise, while the bespoke Pirelli P Zero tyres further reduces road noise. The rear tailgate and optional panoramic roof are glazed and feature a special layer to minimise both sound and solar rays.

The interior design is largely similar to the previous 570GT or rest of the Sport Series for that matter with the floating centre console. Options to customize it are virtually endless.

McLaren GT steering wheel

What's the price you ask?

The McLaren GT has a base price of RM 908,000 before tax and options. With tax and a few options, you're looking at figures north of RM 2,000,000.

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