A McLaren you could happily drive everyday? Enter the GT

2020 McLaren GT: Everything You Need to Know

That impression is a outcome of the GT's greater length - based on the 720S, it's fully 153mm longer than the Sports Series model - alongside a new design that certainly accentuates it.

On the outside, the styling is unmistakably McLaren but toned down compared with recent efforts.

But customers' feedback said that to be more of a rival for the likes of the DB11, 911 and Ferrari Portofino, it needed to be more accommodating and more differentiated from other McLarens.

The rear-end is likely to earn the most plaudits, which is appropriate given that's where much of the engineering effort is focused. The front-hinged, full-length glazed tailgate is substantial and reveals a relatively shallow but impressively long luggage compartment. Despite this, the McLaren GT takes its inspiration from one of the best GTs-and indeed best Ferraris-of all time, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB.

Built around the carbon fiber MonoCell II-T Monocoque structure which provides stronger rigidity and reinforcement, the GT weighs just around 1,530 kilograms - a featherweight among grand tourers. It makes for a slightly airier cabin, too; handy when you're advocating the space for longer journeys. On the inside, the GT has a cabin specially optimised for long-distance touring with heated and power-operated seats, shoulder as well as back support, a large infotainment system, Bowers and Wilkins 12-speaker audio with carbonfibre sub-woofer, optional electrochromic glass roof, etc. The spacious interior features Nappa leather trim, which can be upgraded to luxury leather or cashmere. Through the seven-inch portrait touchscreen, the system is said to be among the fastest in any auto, with Here navigation mapping, real-time traffic data and integrated controls for the climate control.

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The suspension is a lightweight aluminium, double wishbone design paired with hydraulic dampers to deliver Proactive Damping Control. The chassis has been tweaked for comfort, the suspension struts are now much softer, and the exhaust system sports a remarkably quiet muffler.

However, the McLaren GT's giveaway features are a pair of electrically adjustable and heated seats, which - for the first time ever in a production vehicle - can be trimmed optionally in cashmere.

Powering the GT is a new 620PS 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged engine, designated M840TE. McLaren says 95% of torque is achieved between 3,000-7,250rpm pointing to its usability for real-world driving. McLaren also claims that in lift mode, GT's ground clearance is equal to that of a sedan.

This auto, of Ferris Bueller's Day Off fame, is the last GT in McLaren's mind to harness what it says are the three keys to an exceptional grand touring vehicle: competition levels of performance, continent-crossing capability, and a lightweight, attractive body.

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