McLaren’s growth pattern since its 2011 relaunch into McLaren Automotive has been extensive to say the least, in the process realigning our understanding and appreciation of how fast, yet capable, everyday supercars can be.
McLaren has even picked up a few eCoty titles, but last year revealed its first foray into the world of GTs, creating not just a new model, but one with those two famous characters quite literally attached to the back of it. Question is, has McLaren pulled it off? That’s what dep-ed Adam Towler, along with staff photographer Aston Parrott, went to find out in issue 271, and it’s our latest evo car pictures of the week gallery.
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The GT nomenclature has been seen before on a McLaren, featuring on the pretty, but not particularly distinctive, 570GT. This new McLaren GT has taken it one step away from the current range though, incorporating a bigger bodyshell that’s able to swallow more things (token golf clubs will fit, and even skis), if not more people. This would come in handy, as the GT would need to not only carry Adam’s luggage and Aston’s camera gear, but also the latter’s extensive range of hair-care products on the jaunt from Monaco to London.
The issue is that creating a GT from supercar components isn’t usually the best starting point for something that should be able to effortlessly munch miles with Mahler playing on a great stereo. Elements such as a carbonfibre tub chassis often struggle to dampen road noise, V8s with a flat-plane crank can drone and buzz at motorway speeds, while less tangible elements such as a finely crafted interior and a sleek design often defined by proportions were challenges McLaren had not yet faced
Did McLaren overcome these challenges to create a real GT? You’ll have to grab the issue to find out, but for the moment, sit back, relax, and have a flick through some of the shots that didn’t make it into this month’s issue
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Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.