Here's your first look at the McLaren GTX SUV.
The idea of supercar and sports car manufacturers building high-performance SUVs was once unthinkable, but it's now a necessity to boost profits. Lamborghini started the trend with the Urus, which helped the Italian automaker generate record sales last year.
Aston Martin recently unveiled the DBX, which will become the brand's most important model if it can generate enough sales to improve the company's financial situation. Even Ferrari and Bugatti are building SUVs. McLaren, on the other hand, has stubbornly refused to jump on the SUV bandwagon - until now.
In a surprise move, McLaren has released a shadowy teaser photo previewing its first-ever SUV. It's called the McLaren GTX and, as the name implies, it will be an off-road-focused version of the McLaren GT powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.
In the GTX, this unit produces 600 horsepower and 565 lb-ft of torque - that's 58 hp and 23 lb-ft more than the Aston Martin DBX. The 0-62 mph time hasn't been revealed yet, but expect the heavier GTX to be slightly slower off the line than the regular GT, which will do 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds and max out at 203 mph. Power will be sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Styling-wise, the GTX is still recognizable as a McLaren from the front thanks to its signature headlights shaped like the company's logo, but the side profile looks unlike any other model the company has ever made. A trunk spoiler also gives the GTX a sporty appearance to match its impressive performance, while adaptive air suspension and a new all-wheel-drive system will make it capable off-road.
Presumably, the McLaren GT's luxury interior, floating center console, and seven-inch touchscreen will carry over. Deliveries for the McLaren GTX will begin April 1, 2021, but expect it to cost more than the McLaren GT, which starts at $210,000.