Picture Me Rollin’

McLaren GT.

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As it turns out, not everyone who has a couple of millions to splash on cars wants a sporty car with poor ground clearance, a rock hard ride, and zero boot space.

Some of these people simply want to waft about in something nice and practical, but preferably still quick. A plausible solution is the new McLaren GT.

As its name suggests, it’s a Grand Tourer. And it’s more a competitor to the Ferrari Portofino than the F8 Tributo. Though it looks sporty, it’s actually quite practical. You still have a small boot up front in the nose that’s good for one or two weekend bags, but you now also have a rear luggage space above the engine that can even accommodate a fullsize golf bag. At long last, owners no longer have to resort to the ignominy of taking their Bentleys to the golf club.

Even though it’s the cushiest McLaren yet, performance is still brisk. The GT is powered by McLaren’s familiar 4-liter V8 and it puts out a mighty 612hp. 0-100km/h happens in just 3.2 seconds and 0-200km/h in just 9 seconds. Top speed is 326km/h. Incidentally, it’s worth pointing out that these figures trump the Ferrari Portofino’s. Coincidence? I don’t think so. In short, for all of its practicalities, the GT won’t leave you embarrassed at the lights.

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