McLaren Is Making a New Mid-Engine Grand Touring Car

McLaren's mid-engine answer to the Ferrari Portofino will arrive very soon.

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Update 4/3/19: McLaren just released a few more photos and some info on this still-unnamed grand tourer.

McLaren might have started building race cars in the 1960s, but the street-oriented McLaren Automotive is actually quite young. The company is still defining itself, figuring out what direction it wants to take—and for enthusiasts, it's a very exciting time. McLaren's newest plan: To take on the world of high-performance grand touring cars.

At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt announced that a new McLaren GT car is in the works.

Grand tourers aren't totally new for McLaren. First came the 570GT, a more relaxed, elegant take on the brand's entry-level sports car. Last year, we got the Speedtail, a so-called "Hyper GT" capable of 250 mph and ferocious acceleration.

Flewitt said that the grand tourer will be more powerful than the 570GT, while also offering more luggage space and more luxurious long-distance cruising ability. It will exist outside of McLaren's traditional Sports, Super, and Ultimate Series ranges, but like everything McLaren makes, it will be mid-engined with a carbon fiber monocoque. This GT will use a version of the brand's twin-turbo V-8, and given the 562 hp output of the 570GT, we suspect it will surpass 600 hp.

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In these photos of a camouflaged prototype, we can see this car will have some details reminiscent of various McLaren models. The long, sloping roofline calls to mind the 570GT, while the big intakes just behind the doors look like those on the 12C/650S. Those intakes seem to be necessitated by the fact that this car won't have McLaren's double-skin doors as on the 570S and 720S. Like the 720S, though, this car will have intakes on top of the rear fenders.

McLaren has said over and over again that it won't build an SUV—thankfully—but it's aiming to increase production. The automaker built 4806 units last year, hoping to expand that to 6000 per year by 2024. That means McLaren has to create different offerings beyond its usual range, and in this case, that means a mid-engine luxury performance car to compete against Ferrari's front-engine grand-tourers.

McLaren says the camouflage will start to come off on April 30th, and we've been told it will cost about the same as a 570S Spider.

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