Take to the road: McLaren

The recent McLaren GT helps you enjoy the journey as much as the destination

Motoring 27 Nov 2020

McLaren GT

McLaren GT

The Grand Tourer came to prominence in Europe in the 1950s — epitomised by motor cars that merged comfort, style and performance on the open road. Some would argue that the art of taking long-distance road trips for the sheer pleasure of the journey has since been lost. But the stately world of grand touring has experienced a modern renaissance.

Youthful in age and spirit, McLaren Automotive has spearheaded this revival with a contemporary and typically unconventional interpretation of the classic GT. The McLaren GT is the lightest and quickest accelerating car in its class, with a 4.0 V8 twin-turbo engine that delivers 500 horsepower, going from 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds.

The car’s sculpted aluminium body recalls that of classic Grand Tourer cars, while retaining McLaren’s distinctive contemporary aesthetic. Usually associated with the winding French or Italian Rivieras, McLaren took the car to America’s dramatic Pacific Coast Highway to showcase its performance. Combining five-star luxury with mid-engined supercar dynamics, this is a GT reimagined for a new era.