Not many details have emerged yet about the McLaren’s new grand tourer.
This is McLaren’s new GT — well, most of it, at least. McLaren released a video teaser and a photo showing off its rear end ahead of the official May 15th reveal. It will not be part of the brand’s Sport, Super or Ultimate Series, but will live in its own segment.
From what we can see, the back certainly shares some styling elements with the 570S and 720S. Unlike those cars, though, the McLaren GT doesn’t look extreme. The lights go straight across rather than arcing, and that’s true with the bodywork as well. It does still have wide rear haunches, so there’s still plenty of powerful presence there.
The video shows the (admittedly dark) car in profile, complete with McLaren’s signature headlight design. The company says the GT shares some of its lineage with the 250 mph Speedtail concept, and it really shows in the back end of the car. As for exactly which powertrain options the McLaren GT will have, the company is keeping details under wraps for now.
That said, I’m willing to go out on a limb and bet the McLaren GT will house an engine similar to the 720S. That means a 4.0-liter M840T twin-turbocharged V8. In the 720S, that engine produces 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Naturally, in a performance application, it comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
McLaren does say the GT is meant to introduce “renowned McLaren engineering and dynamic attributes alongside high-quality materials and exceptional comfort.” To that end, they may introduce a different sort of powertrain to accommodate a more livable day-to-day machine.
The new McLaren GT is part of the company’s $1.5 billion “Track25” plan, which aims to expand the brand’s lineup over the coming years.