The McLaren brand has had some ups and downs in Malaysia, and have finally settled down with a new showroom and 3S center in Glenmarie. Along with the opening of their new showroom and 3S center, was the latest kid on the block — the McLaren GT. We’re happy to report that it looks better in the metal than it does in press images.
As you can imagine, the GT sits under the Grand Tourer range, next to the Sports, Super and Ultimate series of cars. Motivation comes from a mid-engine M840TE; a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 which makes 620 PS and 630 Nm. This is mated to a seven-speed DCT which propels the GT from 0-100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds, and a terminal velocity of 326 km/h. If you’re looking for a fast car that fits a golf bag, capable of traveling long distances in comfort, all while putting a smile on your face, this is it. Scared passenger optional.
Like all McLarens, the new GT has a carbonfibre structure that possesses exceptional strength and rigidity while enabling unparalleled driving dynamics and lightest-in-class kerbweight. At 1,530 kg, the McLaren GT is more than 130 kg lighter than its closest core competitor and quite literally hundreds of kilogrammes less than some other cars in the segment.
A bespoke MonoCell II-T monocoque body structure – the T denoting ‘Touring’ – incorporates a carbonfibre rear upper structure that adds minimal weight but allows the creation of a 420-litre luggage area below the front-hinged, full-length glazed tailgate. The tailgate has a soft-close function as standard and can be optioned as electrically powered as part of the Premium Pack.
The low height of the engine and positioning of the exhaust system has allowed the volume, shape and usability of the luggage bay to be optimised. A golf bag or two pairs of 185 cm skis and boots as well as luggage can be carried with ease, while a further 150 litres of storage at the front means the new McLaren GT can accommodate a total of 570 litres.
From the front, the GT is easily recognizable as part of the McLaren family. However, the GT’s body spans some 4.7 meters which softens the aggressive lines. The brand’s iconic dihedral doors remain, as do many familiar styling cues. In the lighting department, you get full LED headlights and sequential pair on the rear. The display unit in the pictures also shows the optional 15-spoke 20/21 inch (front/rear) alloys.
If you are familiar with the cockpit of a 570S, then you certainly won’t get lost in here. Carbon Black Nappa leather seats with a leather wrapped steering wheel are standard, along with the McLaren Infotainment System II (MIS II) which consists of a 7-inch infotainment display along with a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. Also standard are a 4-speaker audio system as well as a dual-zone climate control system.
As we can all expect by now, there are plenty of option boxes for customers to tick, and if one wants to personalize further, there is always the MSO (McLaren Special Operations) route.
The McLaren GT carries an asking price of RM908,000 before taxes and options. From a pricing perspective, this puts the GT between the 570S (RM848,000) and 720S (from RM1,118,000). And if you are more performance oriented, less concerned about practicality, you can also opt for the 600LT (from RM998,000).