2019 McLaren GT revealed: price, specs and release date
The new McLaren GT is a grand tourer in every sense: luxurious, spacious and powerful. Here's everything you need to know about it...
On sale: Late 2019 | Price from: £163,000
If you can afford to shop at the very top of the sports car market, the name McLaren will likely be very familiar to you. The British marque sits alongside the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin in creating some of the most exciting (and expensive) cars in existence. It has had success at the What Car? Awards, too, with the 570S Coupé winning our top price point in the sports car category this year. And now there's an all-new model joining the range.
Named the McLaren GT, it is of course a grand tourer – the kind of car that can whisk you down to the south of France in luxury and comfort, put in a hard session at the race track and then get you back home in time for Antiques Roadshow.
2019 McLaren GT engine
Clearly, any car that can do all that is going to need a mighty engine at its core, and powering the GT is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8. With 612bhp available to the rear wheels, it's capable of hitting 62mph from a standing start in 3.2sec and will keep accelerating on to 203mph. As you might expect, too, its emissions and fuel economy are somewhat eye-watering – 245g/km of CO2 and 23.7mpg. A seven-speed automatic gearbox is standard.
2019 McLaren GT space and interior
This McLaren is about more than just speed, though. Its elongated rear end allows for 420 litres of storage space in the boot – enough for a couple of suitcases at the very least. And when you factor in the small boot under the bonnet, there's more space for luggage inside the GT than you get in the Volvo XC40 and Nissan Qashqai family SUVs.
The GT's two seats are electrically adjustable and heated as standard, and there's a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen. A 12.3in screen sits in front of the driver in place of analogue instrument dials, and it can be configured to show a whole host of information, including directions from the sat-nav.
The GT is the longest McLaren yet made, and although it sits low to the ground, it's said to have as much ground clearance as most family cars when the suspension is in its highest setting. It sits on alloy wheels of 21in at the rear and 20in at the front, all shod in high-performance Pirelli P Zero tyres.
2019 McLaren GT price
Prices for the GT start from £163,000, but it's worth noting that most customers at this end of the market will go far beyond that, with options to personalise their cars quickly adding up.
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If the idea of a new sports car has got you all hot under the collar, then you'll want to know not only which are your best options, but also which models can keep running costs sensible. Fortunately, the What Car? True MPG test is on hand to help, and below and over the next few pages we'll guide you through the most (and least) efficient sports cars we've ever tested, alongside svelte coupés and convertibles too.
10. BMW M2
True MPG 31.4mpg
The M2 is effectively a steroid-enhanced version of the BMW 2 Series. Under its bonnet lies a turbocharged 3.0-litre engine that pumps out 365bhp – enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. Yet you can still get 31.4mpg out of the car when you drive it more gently.
9. Porsche 718 Cayman
True MPG 34.4mpg
Both this entry-level version of the Cayman and the more powerful Cayman S swapped their flat six engines for turbocharged four-cylinder units back in 2016 in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The downside is that they no longer sound as special as they did.
8. BMW 43oi Convertible
True MPG 34.9mpg
Fractionally more efficient than the Cayman is the BMW 430i Convertible, despite it being a four-seater with a folding metal roof, so considerably heavier.
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