Can The McLaren GT Hold Its Ground Against Other Grand Tourers?

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If money is the least of your concerns and you favor a fast Grand Tourer to drive on a daily basis, then you could choose from quite a few models. The Aston Martin DB11, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe and BMW M8 Coupe quickly come to mind, as does the first ever McLaren GT.

The new kid on the block features a rear mid-engine layout, with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 resting behind the carbon fiber tub, putting down 620 PS (611 hp / 456 kW) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque. It’s paired to a 7-speed transmission and rockets the British model to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, and up to a 326 km/h (203 mph) top speed.

Also Read: McLaren GT vs. Aston Martin DB11: Which British Grand Tourer Gets Your Vote?

This might seem like any other McLaren out there so far, but the GT actually has a bespoke suspension, new steering setup, and even different tires. The result is a comfortable ride with plenty of feedback coming through the steering, lots of grip and great stopping power, making drivers feel safe and secure at high speeds.

Whether it’s cross continental journeys or trips to the local supermarket, the McLaren GT can do it all. The combined capacity of the front and rear cargo space at about 20 cu.ft (420 liters at the rear, and 150 liters at the front) is actually bigger than what you’d get in most compacts. Users can also fit a golf bag in the boot, or two pairs of 185 cm (72.8 in) skis.

The minimalistic interior boasts high-quality materials and plenty of tech features. Soundproofing is also good, but the rear visibility and high driving position, even with the seat set to its lowest setting, could steer some away from it. So, before paying the $210,000 sticker price in the U.S., or £163,000 in the UK, you should take a short break from what you’re doing and check out the first video reviews of the McLaren GT below, shot in the South of France, during the official media launch.

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