CEO Mike Flewitt confirms new GT is inspired by Speedtail hypercar; will be revealed this spring, deliveries in autumn

McLaren will launch an all-new grand tourer model later this year - and it could be the first of several more practical, but still performance-focused, McLarens to be produced.

The surprise announcement was made at the Geneva motor show by its CEO Mike Flewitt, who confirmed: “It will be a car that combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful lightweight body. It’s a car that has been designed for distance and one that will also provide the comfort and space expected of a grand tourer.

“But it will also have a level of agility never experienced before in this segment. In addition, it will be the lightest of grand tourers and, by also having the best power-to-weight ratio, I promise it will be one of the quickest.”

The new grand tourer will be the fourth car under McLaren’s Track25 business plan to reach production. The £1.2bn Track25 plan was revealed last year, and set out a path to the firm launching 18 new models by 2025. The car also draws on the excitement generated by the reveal of last year’s ultra-exclusive, three-seat McLaren Speedtail.

It is expected to be powered by McLaren’s current V8, with a power output greater than the 570GT’s, and will cost from £145,000 - on a par with the current 570 Spider.

McLaren also revealed images of the new car testing, although it was heavily camouflaged. Flewitt would only describe the grand tourer as being “a sleek, beautiful and boldly elegant car, one keeping to the McLaren philosophy of every design detail being present for a reason. The interior will feel spacious, uncluttered and modern with only authentic, high-quality materials employed.”

The car will, however, be formally revealed within months and the first cars will be with customers this autumn. The car will have a name rather than an alphanumeric denomination.

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Flewitt highlighted the surprise success of the 570GT as the inspiration for the firm’s new model line. The 570GT is based on the 570S but is tuned to be less track-focused and more refined, as well as more practical. “It has attracted a lot of new customers to McLaren, and what it has taught us is that there is a market for an even more considered GT variant in our range,” he said. “Where the 570GT is a variant, this will be a car created with this market in mind. It won’t replace the 570GT, but I can see it superseding it in time."

Suggesting that the new grand tourer could be the first of several such models, Flewitt also confirmed that it would sit outside its established, three-tier line-up of Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series families at the firm, instead saying that the car will be “a unique, tailored model”. Given the 570GT currently sits in the firm’s Sports family, this suggests that it is planning to open up a fourth line to accommodate grand tourers into the line-up more visibly.

Although McLaren has trademarked the GTZ name recently, insiders have told Autocar this is to futureproof potential names of products, rather then being specific to either the GT or a potential collaboration with Zagato.

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5 March 2019

 I think McLaren try’s to cover too many bases, from what I’ve read they need more to conce on fit and finish, a better infotainment package too, a three Door..?, took them long enough.

Peter Cavellini.

5 March 2019

A joyful post as always, Peter - thank you.  I will spend the day contemplating its meaning.

FM8

5 March 2019
eseaton wrote:

A joyful post as always, Peter - thank you.  I will spend the day contemplating its meaning.

Muppet

5 March 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 I think McLaren try’s to cover too many bases, from what I’ve read they need more to conce on fit and finish, a better infotainment package too, a three Door..?, took them long enough.

Maybe your should ride in one rather then read about it. The 650s and 570s I’ve been in were more then adequate inside. As for covering bases (considering Ferrari have two production series cars above the 488 and two below),I would say McLaren has more then enough room when the only produce 2 production series cars with this probably fitting above the 720s. The senna/speedtail are limited edition

5 March 2019

McLaren getting better and better after their successes.... The Senna is one of the best looking cars of the century

FM8

5 March 2019
ashkerbash wrote:

McLaren getting better and better after their successes.... The Senna is one of the best looking cars of the century

020 7330 1130. Give that number a call.

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