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  • 2020 McLaren GT ... C8 Killer?

    Realizing it's a very different price point but McLaren has obviously looked at market research. They even have a pic of a golf bag in the back!

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    [Quote=MotorTrend] THE 2020 MCLAREN GT IS A 612-HP SUPERCAR FOR GRAND TOURING

    McLaren's lineup expands to include a capable grand-tourer
    CAR REVIEWS
    by Words: Angus MacKenzie Photos: Manufacturer May 15, 2019

    First things first: The McLaren GT is not simply a kinder, gentler 720S. OK, dig and you'll find plenty of 720S DNA. But the GT is very much its own car, specifically designed and engineered by McLaren to carry two people and their luggage across continents, in comfort and at speed. In fact, say McLaren engineers, 65 percent of the GT's parts (by value) are unique to the car.

    It starts with the carbon-fiber monocoque. Dubbed Monocell II-T, it features an entirely different upper structure to that of the 720S, with sweeping rear pillars framing an opening for a large, top-hinged hatch. It's clothed in a unique set of body panels with simpler, less obviously aero-influenced surfacing than seen on the 720S. Although the 105.1-inch wheelbase is unchanged, the GT is about 7.8 inches longer overall. The extra length, along with the raised nose and horizontal character lines, gives the GT a more formal gesture than the typical mid-engine supercar.

    Learn five cool facts about the 2020 McLaren GT right here.




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    The GT's interior features lashings of jewellike luxury brightwork and sumptuous leathers. The seats are mounted slightly higher to improve entry and egress, and cashmere material covering—a world first—will be available as an option. The infotainment system is now five times faster, has a smartphone-style interface, and delivers real-time traffic information.

    The GT's suspension is similar to that of the 720S, but it features spring rates optimized for comfort and refinement and adaptive shocks controlled by proactive damping software. Ground clearance has been increased, and McLaren claims the redesigned front end means the GT has better approach angles than either a Porsche 911 or an Aston Martin DB11. Bespoke all-weather Pirelli tires, mounted on new GT-specific alloy wheels—20-inch diameter up front and 21 inches at the rear—feature noise reduction technology to help reduce road roar and impact harshness.



    https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020...366BD857AD76BF
    Last edited by John; 05-15-2019, 09:34 AM.

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    Pretty, but I think I'll invest the extra ~$130,000 in muni bonds, and then use those funds to buy a new C9 Roadster in 2027.
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    • #3
      Nice looking! Definitely a resemblance to the C8 renderings we've seen IMO. Don't know where it will "kill" the C8. Not in US sales, price, profitability? Maybe on the track? For 220G I'd probably go with the C8 and some time shares on a Gulfstream G650.

       

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      • #4
        It's nice looking but makes the C8 look like the bargain of the century.
        Also, they might want to turn that golf bag around, jam on the brakes and all your irons will come flying out. LOL

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        • #5
          It definitely looks like an amazing car, it could probably beat the C8 in a race, and it even looks similar to the C8, but it's also $210k USD while the Corvette will likely stick to what it's known for (costing under $100k with the exception of higher models like the ZR1). It shouldn't harm C8 sales too much given the completely different price brackets.
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          • #6
            Thanks Racer X! Best looking McLaren IMO, yet how many of us cross shop at $62K house with one starting at $212,000. I would love this McLaren, but less than 1% of Corvette buyers are cross shopping this car.

            Going to result in just six lost 2020 C8 sales. Not an issue, not even a gnat on an elephant’s butt in GM’s sales projections, not even a rounding error..

            https://jalopnik.com/the-612-hp-2020...cla-1834777181

            Very interesting that it has 20.13 cubic feet of luggage room. If McLaren can give us this amount of cargo room so could GM.

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            • #7
              It does look similar to the C8 renderings. This could in turn, make the C8 seem like even more of a "bargain". There are worse things in life than having your lowly Corvette being mistaken for a McLaren. I'm actually giving a presentation this weekend for my MBA program on how the C8 is going to shake up the sports car landscape.

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              • #8
                P-Tree, best of luck on your presentation. I wish I could be in your audience.
                Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. Our 2020 ME C8 Corvette is next.

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                • #9
                  The front end, hood and roof line do look very similar. Not sure the base C8 will have the same HP numbers though.

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                  • #10
                    I thought the video on youtube this morning gave good insight...

                    570 liters of luggage space...an interesting way to carry two sets of golf clubs...

                    110 mm in height to the bottom of the front bumper for ease of speed bumps and a 20 mm additional lift with the front end lift system to 130 mm.

                    i would imagine the c8 will hold similiar dimensional space....although the roof off targa standard on the corvette in addition to the 1/3rd the price makes the corvette more my speed.

                    ill definitely be enjoying the road rallys with these mclarens.,,,there seems to be a ton of 570s these days in this area..i think its the “it” car these days....

                    maybe its porsches undoing? These mclarens are all over the place...maybe the porsche ownership group had an itch to scrath for something alightly more expemsive yet very different...

                    i admire and enjoy seeing everyone of these mclarens As I imagine the c8 will be quite similiar.

                    my favorite part of corvettes is the low cost of driving and using these vehicles as cars....

                    i enjoyed the video

                    https://youtu.be/IjQqM0PXQXk
                    Last edited by JB; 05-15-2019, 10:43 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Agreed - you could buy 3 C8's for the same price, but it is interesting to read in the article that consumers of "super cars" want the same thing that vette owners have been enjoying, a true DD and vacation cruiser... yet vette owners get the knock for it for some reason! It will make the intro C8 seem like a bargain but of the hi-end "Zora" wonder if the numbers will be close enough for some to cross over to McLaren. Either way the buzz is good for auto fans and industry at large. The lines look very similar indeed...

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                      • #12
                        The best looking McLaren since the original F1.

                        They sent their head stylist of the last several generations packing last year, and the new person is definitely a change for the better, IMHO.
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                        Purchased 5/2/2015,
                        >31,000+ miles

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                        • #13
                          Totally agree meyerweb. This is the first one that I have personally liked.
                          Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. Our 2020 ME C8 Corvette is next.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by John View Post
                            Thanks Racer X! Best looking McLaren IMO, yet how many of us cross shop at $62K house with one starting at $212,000.

                            Very interesting that it has 20.13 cubic feet of luggage room. If McLaren can give us this amount of cargo room so could GM.
                            If this is the same approach GM has taken to ensuring adequate luggage capacity in the C8, you can forget the engine being visible under the rear window...... IMHO, the extra capacity is more useful than "small block under glass." (In homage to the original Plymouth Barracuda drag car: )

                            http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2012...-standing.html
                            SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

                            Purchased 5/2/2015,
                            >31,000+ miles

                            Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

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                            • #15
                              Don’t give up on the removable roof coupe having its motor being seen through it hatch glass.
                              Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. Our 2020 ME C8 Corvette is next.

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