For starters, why the camouflage?
The McLaren GT was revealed back in May 2019 as the automaker's first-ever dedicated grand tourer. Although it rides on the same MonoCell carbon fiber platform as the 720S, it's powered by an updated version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. The engine's turbos are a bit smaller compared to those on the 720S and thus deliver lower performance. However, the GT has greater low RPM performance and responsiveness, helping to make it more suitable for grand touring. Total output is rated at 612 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 720S's 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of twist.
As you can see in this new video taken at the Nurburgring, the GT is certainly no performance slouch.
It's the real deal and can be used as a grand tourer and a track toy. But what we're wondering is why this GT is covered in camouflage? It's not like the world hasn't seen the final design. There are a couple of theories behind McLaren's decision here. The first and more likely reason is that McLaren is testing out a new active aero package and/or other performance enhancements.
The other possibility is this isn't a McLaren GT at all, but rather a testbed for something else, such as the next-generation Sports Series.
This 570S successor will ride on the company's all-new ultra-lightweight architecture designed to accommodate electrification and, eventually, an all-electric model. But this McLaren sounds awfully like other models also powered by the 4.0 V8, so we kind of doubt there's a hybrid system packed in there. We'll hopefully have some official answers soon enough.
Despite some setbacks resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, McLaren still aims to launch 18 new models and variants within the next few years. There's a strong possibility this GT prototype is one of those variants.