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Is it impossible to combine blend performance and usability?

Wapcar Automotive News – McLaren and luxury are two words that are rarely combined together. Most people still think of the record-holding McLaren F1, which is still the fastest production car with a naturally aspirated engine.

That said, McLaren reinvented itself as an individual carmaker in 2011, with the MP4-12C, followed by an impressive array of mid-engined models. Looking at McLaren’s current range, it doesn’t take long to realize that the brand’s focus is on performance. The McLaren GT is the first model in a long time built with luxury and comfort in mind. The basis for this is that the McLaren 720S is fluent in expressive language, which creates some problems.

The 720S is nothing less than a spectacular high-performance car. While some manufacturers take an existing model and dial it in, McLaren has done the opposite with the GT. The 720S’s frame and transmission have been taken over and softened up a bit. The adaptive suspension has been tuned for a smoother ride, though it still allows the mid-engined car to maintain impressive cornering ability. 

McLaren’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo M840T V8 is derived from a 1980s Nissan racing engine. Min and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) at 5,500 to 6,500 rpm. Power is still transmitted to the rear wheels through a seven-speed SSG automatic transmission. The McLaren GT’s 0-60mph (97kph) time of 3.1 seconds and top speed of 203mph (326kph) is proof enough that you can get luxury and performance.

As brilliant as the McLaren GT, but its epic touring capabilities are overshadowed by rivals. The problem is that McLaren GT’s claims automatically compare it to models like the Aston Martin DB11/DBS Superleggera and Bentley Continental GT, which were designed from the outset as high-performance long-distance cruisers. These cars also have the classic front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, providing more practicality.

Like the aforementioned Gran Tourers, the McLaren GT is one of the most usable performance cars you can buy. In terms of numbers, cargo capacity isn’t far behind some of its front-engine rivals, but that’s how that power is distributed across the vehicle. Total capacity is 14.83 cubic feet (420 liters), about the same as an average hatchback. 

However, this space is divided between the rather small trunk and the rear with a storage shelf above the engine compartment. Needless to say, whatever you put on it will be visible through the rear window and obstruct your rear view compared to a traditional trunk.

The last and only time McLaren made a true grand tourer was in 2003. It was the Mercedes SLR McLaren, produced in conjunction with the German marque. The car has a more traditional setup, for a GT car, with front- and rear-wheel drive and a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 with up to 650 hp (485 kilowatts) of power. ) and 605 lb-ft (820 Nm).) . Only 2,157 SLRs were built, not including the 75 Stirling Moss SLRs produced in 2009.

While the McLaren GT’s supercar genes may seem a bit too much for a long-distance cruiser, the mid-engine still offers some benefits. First, the short front end, thanks to the mid-engine layout, helps to provide better forward visibility.

Although the phallic shape of a long nose seen on front-engined cruisers is an attractive design feature, it is also difficult to determine the actual position of the vehicle’s end. There’s nothing a trained driver can’t handle, but still. Also, it doesn’t help when you’re “climbing to the top” at a corner and wondering if an oncoming truck will take up your entire front end.

The McLaren GT’s supercar genes also mean it has a much lower center of gravity, focusing more towards the middle of the car. For example, for a Bentley Continental GT, the center of gravity will be about 25% higher and towards the front of the car.

Another positive is that the McLaren GT is also the lightest grand tourer, weighing in at 3,373 pounds (1,530 kg). Most of its GT competitors weigh around two tons, and the Bentley weighs more than 5,300 pounds (2,400 kg). While there’s no doubt the McLaren GT will be a better front-engined large touring car, it’s debatable about the practicality of a mid-engined supercar. It is also the most practical mid-engine car currently on sale.

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