A soft-bodied Grand Tourer might seem like a stretch for an automaker formed around a Formula 1 race team and the worlds first hypercar, but the 2020 McLaren GT aims to redefine just what a GT is. The modern grand tourer, like the Ferrari Portofino and Aston Martin DB11 , have strayed too far the segments roots, says McLaren, but the sleek, mid-engined GT aims to recenter the segment with supercar performance and continent-crossing capability. Heres everything you need to know about McLarens new GT. Read our 2020 McLaren GT First Look here . --> Its inspired by a Ferrari There are two F words at McLarens Woking, England, headquarters; one iswell, yeahits that one, and the other is its Italian archrival Ferrari . Despite this, the McLaren GT takes its inspiration from one of the best GTsand indeed best Ferrarisof all time, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB. This car, of Ferris Buellers Day Off fame, is the last GT in McLarens mind to harness what it says are the three keys to an exceptional grand touring car: competition levels of performance, continent-crossing capability, and a lightweight, beautiful body. It doesnt fit in any of McLarens existing Series The GT doesnt fit neatly into McLarens Sport, Super, or Ultimate Series, so this Grand Tourer will stand on its own, independent of McLarens other models. The GT is also the first McLaren to get the automakers new MonoCell II-T carbon-fiber tub. T, in case you were wondering, stands for touring. Its mid-engined GTs are traditionally front-engined because it allows manufacturers to fit the cars with proper trunks for luggage. With the GT, McLaren doubles down on the mid-engine GT concept it started with the 570GT, which this car replaces. In order to offer mid-engine performance and enough room for two passengers and their luggage, McLaren dropped its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 (borrowed from the 720S) 4.7 inches lower to the ground compared to the 570GT. That substantial drop is made possible by a dry sump and a low-profile intake plenum. Smokestacks on either side of the McLarens rear hatch ensure the engine gets enough air to make a healthy 612 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. No hybrid is planned McLaren plans to electrify and hybridize much of its lineup as part of its Track25 product plan, but one car being left behind is the new GT. While in theory the GT could be hybridized, its unique powertrain and cargo area arrangement would make it difficult. And besidesMcLaren plans to replace the GT with its next-generation version by that time. Its pretty roomy for a mid-engine car A good grand tourer has to have space for a two and a long weekends worth of luggage, and the GT should deliver there. Although the McLarens front trunk and lumpy rear cargo area dont quite hold as much as a Ford Focus hatchs 23.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded (despite McLarens claim), the GTs 20.1 cubic feet of combined cargo space is still substantial. Thats more room than Dodge Challenger , Volkswagen Golf , and Toyota Yaris hatch, all with 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The post Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 McLaren GT appeared first on Motortrend .
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