New McLaren GT: British firm officially names its Grand Tourer

McLaren has officially announced that its forthcoming continent-covering supercar will simply be called the 'McLaren GT'

McLaren has officially named its new Grand Tourer. Known as the “McLaren GT,” the supercar will be unveiled online at 1pm on Wednesday 15 May as the fourth car under the brand’s £1.2 billion product investment. This shadowy teaser image is our latest look at the model’s styling.

McLaren’s latest teaser image follows a stream of spy shots which showed a long, low and wide mid-engined supercar, with a surprisingly large front overhang, presumably to accommodate a boot functional enough for long-distance touring. Stand-out features include McLaren’s trademark teardrop headlights, thin LED tail-lamps, a deep rear diffuser and a duck-tail rear spoiler.

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McLaren’s new Grand Tourer will adopt the same mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout as the rest of the company’s range. Power will come from a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and the firm’s CEO, Mike Flewitt, has promised that the newcomer will be the lightest and fastest model in its class, with the best power-to-weight ratio.

When quizzed about the project, Flewitt said: “It’s a car that has been designed for distance and one that will also provide the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer. But with a level of agility never experienced before in this segment.”

The British manufacturer has previously confirmed that the new McLaren GT will not form part of its existing model Series, instead being a unique, tailored model. McLaren has also stated that the GT will “share its DNA with the 250mph McLaren Speedtail”. The extent or nature of the relationship has yet to be confirmed, however.

During the last few months, McLaren has pushed the Grand Tourer through its final stages of development. One such test was a 1,000-mile drive between the company’s facility near Barcelona and its Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey. The journey was completed in a single stint by two drivers, with a full complement of luggage.

According to McLaren, its new model will feature an uncluttered interior, finished to the firm’s usual high standard. Flewitt also promised that, when it arrives, the new Grand Tourer will be the most usable mid-engined car built to date.

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