McLaren has released the clearest pictures yet of its new “rule-breaking” Grand Tourer ahead of its launch in May.
The machine was revealed at the Geneva motor show with a short video and single image, and sported both camouflage livery and form-disguising body panels. Those panels have now been removed as the car begins the final stages of its test and evaluation programme.
The pictures give the first glimpse of the front of the car and show sleek, tightly wrapped bodywork, including large air intakes just behind the doors.
McLaren added that the camo livery on the “lightweight body” indicates “the number of established rules the McLaren of Grand Tourers will break.” That likely references the appearance of the numbers one to nine on the bodywork.
When the new model was announced at Geneva, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said that it could be the first of several more practical, but still performance-focused, cars produced by the firm.
Flewitt said: “It will be a car that combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful lightweight body. It’s a car that has been designed for distance and one that will also provide the comfort and space expected of a grand tourer.
“But it will also have a level of agility never experienced before in this segment. In addition, it will be the lightest of grand tourers and, by also having the best power-to-weight ratio, I promise it will be one of the quickest.”
The new grand tourer will be the fourth car under McLaren’s Track25 business plan to reach production. The £1.2bn Track25 plan was revealed last year, and set out a path to the firm launching 18 new models by 2025. The car also draws on the excitement generated by the reveal of last year’s ultra-exclusive, three-seat McLaren Speedtail.