Does Mclaren GT Deliver The Luxury Of Rivals From Aston And Bentley?
Auto Express|September 18, 2019
FIRST DRIVE Woking firm’s mid-engined Grand Tourer is here – but does it deliver the luxury of rivals from Aston and Bentley?
Richard Ingram

The distinguished GT moniker isn’t new to McLaren. In 2016 the firm added the 570GT to its Sports Series range – offering a more comfortable and more practical take on its entry-level 570S supercar.

But now McLaren is attempting to force a little more separation between its Sports, Super and Ultimate Series cars by adding a fourth pillar to the range. Launching with the self-titled GT, bosses remain coy about where this will take the brand in the future.

The new car uses an updated design of McLaren’s carbon-fibre tub and a tweaked version of its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, while also sitting on bespoke suspension. The steering set-up, brakes and tyres are new, too.

Visually, the GT introduces a new look as well. While it’s still recognisable as one of Woking’s finest, the GT has a more restrained style, with a longer body and more elevation to the design. That raised stance is key to the GT’s appeal; McLaren claims it’ll match a Mercedes C-Class for ground clearance.

Around town you’d be hard pushed to disagree. Speed humps and potholes are no longer cause for concern – to the extent that we didn’t find the need to use the GT’s optional nose-lift system at all. The ride isn’t faultless, but it never crashes over lumps or sends shocks through to the cabin.

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