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2020 McLaren GT first drive review: Supercar heart, grand tourer finesse

id=»article-body» class=»row» section=»article-body»> Enlarge ImageThe McLaren GT might have the most straightforward name of all time, perhaps only behind the Renault Le Car.

McLaren The latest trend for manufacturers of fun, fast or luxurious cars is to branch out and expand into the lucrative SUV market. But not at McLaren. Instead, the people in charge of McLaren Automotive have decided that what their customers want, in addition to their lineup of street- and track-focused supercars, is a grand tourer — a true McLaren GT.

McLaren has dabbled in GTs before: The 570GT was a supercar with some token of practicality and the older Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a fever dream of a bygone era. Yet the automaker says the aptly named McLaren GT is its first proper grand tourer.

Now playing: Watch this: McLaren takes aim at Aston Martin with the GT 12:30 While McLaren initially set its sights on challenging manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini with its supercars, the GT takes aim at fellow Brits Aston Martin and Bentley. Both make cars that adhere to the list of requirements of a grand tourer: powerful, fast, comfortable, luxurious and with a certain degree of practicality and ease of use. The Aston Martin DB11 AMR and Bentley Continental GT tick all of those boxes and are certainly the sort of cars that come to mind when you picture a new grand tourer: engine in front, rear-wheel drive, two-plus-two layout, semipractical trunk.

McLaren disagrees. The GT sticks to the company’s tried-and-tested formula: There’s a carbon tub chassis, two seats and a mid-engine layout… just like every other McLaren. The GT has a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 good for 612 horsepower, 465 pounds-feet of torque and a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of 3.1 seconds. That all sounds familiar.

On paper, the stats put the GT right in the heart of the current stable of McLaren supercars. And while the GT’s styling is more understated than the 570S or 720S, lacking some of the bolder design features that those cars have in favor of clean lines and an elegant silhouette, it’s still recognizable as a McLaren.

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