The new McLaren GT is on its way to South Africa and we have local pricing for the fresh 456 kW grand tourer from Woking.
Set to kick off at R4 000 000, the new GT will slot in below the 600LT and 720S (both of which are offered in coupé and spider guises) in McLaren’s local range.
The British firm’s continent-crosser is equipped with a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 worth the aforementioned 456 kW (at 7 500 r/min) as well as 630 N.m torque (offered between 5 500 and 6 500 r/min), directed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed selective-shift automatic transmission.
McLaren says its 1 530 kg grand tourer (which employs a carbon-fibre monocoque, with a carbon-fibre rear upper structure and aluminium crash structures front and rear) will reach 100 km/h from standstill in 3,2 seconds. Keep your right foot planted and the speedometer will hit 200 km/h 5,8 seconds later, says the firm. Top speed is 326 km/h.
The 20-inch front alloys and the 21-inch items at the rear are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber, sizes 225/35 and 295/30, respectively. Cast iron brake discs (367 mm fore and 354 mm aft) bring the grand tourer to a halt, while carbon ceramic discs are optional.
Measuring 4 683 mm long and 2 095 mm wide, McLaren claims the GT’s total luggage capacity is a very useful 570 litres.
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