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.