McLaren’s range has grown rapidly since 2011, with each new model rationalised into the Woking filing system: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series. But now they’re gonna need a bigger filing cabinet, because there’s a new one that doesn’t fit any of those categories at all. Instead, it overlaps with both Sports and Super Series models, positioned as a more road-biased and practical GT. It’s called the GT and it’s on sale now for £165k – comparable money to a 570S Spider, aka the convertible Sports Series. With it, McLaren hopes to conquest Ferrari Portofino, Aston Martin DB11 and Porsche 911 Turbo S sales.

The GT is the first McLaren model to be classified as a Grand Tourer, joining the existing Sports, Super and Ultimate Series models. As the name suggests, it places greater emphasis on refinement and practicality than any previous McLaren

Peak power stands at 612bhp, while the 630Nm maximum torque is spread from 5,500rpm and 6,500rpm. Illustrating the new unit’s driveability, McLaren says 95 per cent of that peak output is available between 3,000 and 7,250rpm. To maintain the Grand Tourer brief, it’s attached to the chassis with engine mounts that are half as stiff as those in a 600LT, reducing noise and vibration. The gearbox is a seven-speed, twin clutch unit, sending drive exclusively to the rear axle.

There’s a raft of other features designed specifically to make the GT as usable as possible every day. The brakes and steering are calibrated to operate with ease at low speeds, while a 110mm ground clearance should allow for fairly stress-free urban driving. A hydraulic lift system for the suspension can raise that further to 130mm – saloon car-levels of clearance, according to McLaren.

A proactive adaptive damping system can scan the road ahead and prime the supenson for bumps to give the smoothest ride possible in Comfort mode. However, Sport and Track modes are still on hand for when the road gets exciting.

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