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Wed 07 Aug 2019 10:29 AM GST
McLaren Automotive, the British creator of luxury, high-performance sports cars and supercars, showcased its new McLaren GT model during an exclusive preview event held in Dubai.

A select group of devoted Middle Eastern enthusiasts were given an insight into the latest model, ahead of individual GCC market launches scheduled towards the end of 2019.  The new McLaren GT made its Middle East debut in the Kingdom of Bahrain on May 15, the same day as the car was unveiled digitally to the world.

The fourth model to be launched under the McLaren Automotive Track25 business plan, which will see a further 14 new models or derivatives, rewrites the rules of modern Grand Touring through a combination of class-leading performance with continent-crossing capability and beautiful design. Positioned alongside the established Sports, Super and Ultimate Series product families, this is a new McLaren for a new audience and provides a compelling alternative to existing competitors in this expanding market segment.

“We are thrilled to showcase the new, superlight McLaren GT to our brand enthusiasts in Dubai. With best in class power-to-weight ratio, enhanced luggage capacity and high levels of everyday usability, this car is perfectly positioned to challenge the established competition in the Grand Touring category. We are already seeing strong interest in this new model and I am confident that this beautiful yet functional car will attract a new type of discerning customers in the Middle East region” said Brett Soso, Managing Director of Middle East, Africa & Latin America for McLaren Automotive.

Superlight, yet supremely comfortable, the new McLaren GT is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, providing supercar performance. In its lightest specification, the new GT weighs only 1,530 kilograms (DIN), which in conjunction with 620PS and 630Nm, generates breath-taking acceleration of only 3.2 seconds from 0-100 km/h and a top speed of 326km/h.

The interior features Nappa leather and Alcantara, as well as bespoke seats designed with long distance comfort in mind. The highest-quality materials are complemented by the most sophisticated McLaren infotainment system to date, as well as hidden-until-lit ambient lighting and machined aluminium switches and controls.

As the first McLaren to major on touring refinement, the level of practicality and luggage capacity of the new GT are greatly enhanced. In addition to 150 litres of storage space at the front, a rear luggage bay offering up to 420 litres of storage space is accessed via glazed tailgate with optional power opening and closing mechanism. The spacious luggage bay, which can be trimmed with wear-resistant SuperFabric®, can accommodate a full set of golf clubs.

The retail price of the new McLaren GT in the UAE starts from AED 875,000 with first market deliveries of the car scheduled for beginning of 2020. The optional Luxe and Pioneer specification packs, as well as a choice of Special exterior colours are included in the base price, providing the discerning, regional customers with additional scope for personalisation.

(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)