For more than half a century, McLaren has captivated drivers both on and off the track with cars that defy the law of physics. They were meant for a certain breed of people — those who possessed a trust fund well into the millions, had the balls to go around a bend with wild abandon, and had a race track manager on speed dial.
The McLaren GT is the Woking firm’s latest venture, and it’s radical. If you haven’t yet wrapped your head around it yet, we don’t blame you. For starters, despite what you see it’s actually a Grand Tourer, which means this car is supposed to be comfortable and spacious enough for long pensive drives down to the beach or the next town. All while being capable of shooting down the Nurburgring when the need for speed calls.
It’s the fourth model of the firm’s 2025 business plan, and joins a legion of carbon-tubbed V8 super two-seaters that have sculpted the company’s identity today. It might be barely a week since it was announced, but the GT is already raring to go with fresh purpose.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.
This new McLaren shares its DNA with the Speedtail, but is completely new from the ground up. This means everything was designed specifically, from the bodywork to the chassis. It’s longer than an Sports or Super Series model too. Within, the engine and exhaust are positioned as low as possible to free up space within the car. McLaren also promises that it’s faster, lighter, and more responsive than any other model in this niche segment. Doors are — thankfully — still dihedral for maximum flair.
We could wax lyrical about how great the GT is, but we’ll let the numbers do the talking. A new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 delivers 620hp and 630Nm of torque, which is plenty for a grand tourer. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the car is propelled to 100kph in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 327kph.
Building your dream McLaren can be a very stressful affair at the dealer but the firm has come up with the perfect solution, and it’s called the Dream Configurator.
As you’d expect, there are tons of customisation options, starting from three trim levels: Standard, Pioneer, or Luxe. Then there are 30 paint colours, five brake caliber colours, and two wheel designs, after which you’ll choose your favourite from three different kinds of roof.
Opt for the top-of-the-range luxe trim level, and you’ll get six interior themes ranging from a subtle two-tone Ink Blue and Porcelain colourway, to good ol’ Jet Black.
There aren’t any prices on McLaren’s visualiser, so don’t be shy with also ticking the boxes for the sport exhaust, fire extinguisher (you never know), and McLaren-branded luggage set.
If you’re still not convinced, hit up Mclaren’s MSO division and they’ll sort your wildest fantasies out — for some extra dollars, of course.
This is a car that’s made for the long haul, so expect the most sophisticated interiors McLaren has produced to date. The infotainment system is brand new and operates like a smartphone via a seven-inch touchscreen, and speakers are by way of a Bowers & Wilkins system with carbon-fibre sub-bass woofers. Ambient LED lighting sets the mood for scenic night drives, as do the heated seats designed for optimum lumbar support.
The cockpit controls are solid milled aluminium — some of which sit overhead too — and storage compartments are littered throughout.
Because silence is highly correlated to comfort and comfort is key to the McLaren GT, noise is minimised with special engine mounts. Its suspension is adapted from the 720S’ Optimal Control Theory chassis, which sees sensors predict and adjust its dampers in as quick as two milliseconds. Three modes are on hand here — Comfort, Sport, and Track — and the firm has gone so far as to engineer its ride height and ground clearance for urban life.
That rear though
Perhaps this is best described as the equivalent of a Brazilian Butt Lift for supercars, so the McLaren GT’s rear end is worth its own mention. This is a mid-engined car, but the shape of its MonoCell structure means it’s possible to make 570 litres of room for whatever you deem important for long drives — bigger than family SUVs — even Volvo’s.