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Take Your Golf Clubs to the Race Track in the New McLaren GT

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“…a car that redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer in a way that only a McLaren could.”Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

The new McLaren GT has more storage capacity than any McLaren before it. The rear luggage bay has room for a set of golf clubs or pair of skis with total storage capacity of 570 litres. After a round of golf or runs on the slopes, attaching a race track can easily be accomplished thanks to the 612 hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. The GT can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, 0-100 km/h 3.2 seconds. Top speed is 326 km/h or 203 mph. The new engine is mated to a 7-speed SSG transmission.

“The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful body and true to McLaren’s ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals,” Said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive. “Designed for distance, it provides the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer, but with a level of agility never experienced before in this segment. In short, this is a car that redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer in a way that only a McLaren could.”

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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.

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“The new McLaren GT combines McLaren’s design philosophies with classic Grand Tourer visual cues,” said Rob Melville, Design Director at McLaren Automotive. “Bold, elegant volumes flow seamlessly from nose to tail, encapsulating the beautifully crafted cabin. The sophisticated, sculpted body expresses both the power of the car and its ability to cosset occupants during long-distance driving. The teardrop shape of the cabin, which stretches back to encompass the rear luggage area, follows the aerodynamic principles inherent in all McLarens, while the muscular rear fenders that form the side intakes for the high-temperature radiators are an example of how we merge both beauty and functionality to create breath-taking authentic designs. The new McLaren GT clearly stands out both as a new type of McLaren and a cutting-edge interpretation of a Grand Tourer for a new era.”

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Unique engine mounts are half the stiffness of those in the track-focused McLaren 600LT to help minimise structure-borne noise, while low-frequency sounds emitting from the carbon fibre structure are reduced rather than amplified into the cabin in the way that they are in the McLaren Senna; in Comfort mode, the new McLaren GT is the most refined McLaren ever.

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The suspension, steering and brakes are all specific to the GT. It has been designed to be responsive and precise with better ride comfort than any other McLaren.

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“The new McLaren GT delivers the dynamic performance and driving exhilaration expected of a McLaren but is also an exceptionally refined vehicle,” said Darren Goddard, McLaren GT Vehicle Line Director. “We’re particularly proud of the Proactive Damping Control suspension, which utilises the next generation of our pioneering Optimal Control Theory to deliver levels of ride comfort that better all previous McLarens. Overall, the breadth of ability demonstrated by the new McLaren GT – especially its everyday usability – is truly remarkable.”

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At almost 4.7 meters, the GT is longer than any other McLaren car. The front and rear overhangs extend further than is traditional for McLaren, but the 10-degree approach angle at the front (13-degree with vehicle lift engaged) means the new McLaren GT can cope with the most aggressive traffic calming measures. In combination with underbody clearance of 110mm (130mm with vehicle lift) ensures that the car is usable in all urban situations.

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U.S. base price for the McLaren GT is $210,000 with deliveries set to commence in towards the end of 2019.order now from McLaren retailers worldwide, with customer deliveries commencing towards the end of 2019.

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