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McLaren Grand Tourer: rule-breaking GT car announced at Geneva

Published: 05 March 2019

► Elegant, refined and very fast
► Shares Speedtail DNA

► More info coming soon

It’s been a busy show for McLaren’s rivals, with Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini all revealing brand-new models. However, the brand from Woking has just revealed it’s working on an entirely new project, codenamed the Grand Tourer.

At the 2019 Geneva motor show, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said the new car would be the fourth car from the brand’s Track25 business plan, and would break the rules of the traditional Grand Tourer. That’s Macca code for ‘much faster and quicker than the current competition’s GT cars.’

‘It will be a car that combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful lightweight body,’ said Flewitt. ‘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.’

And yes, he also said this: ‘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.’ Told you.

Other than that small hint, we have little else to go on performance-wise, but we’re told the new car will share DNA with the 250mph McLaren Speedtail – so we know it’ll be mid-engined. The one camo’d picture we do have shows something that looks a little like a Speedtail, but significantly less elongated.

McLaren says he new car will be ‘sleek, beautiful and boldly elegant’ on the outside, and have a ‘spacious, uncluttered and modern’ interior.

Interestingly, it won’t fit into any of McLaren’s current model Series, but we’ll hear more about what its final name will be and where it’ll be positioned in the coming months.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast