by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
MCLAREN Kuala Lumpur (KL), the sole official importer and accredited dealer for McLaren Group Ltd’s vehicles and products in Malaysia, launched the new GT for the local market yesterday.
The British sports car manufacturer also officially opened the company’s first 3S (sales, service and spare parts) centre in Malaysia, located in Glenmarie, Shah Alam.
The new GT (Grand Tourer) is priced from RM908,000 (before tax and options), positioned as an entry vehicle into the luxury and high-performance carmaker’s line-up.
“I think it is a less ‘intimidating’ entry point into the McLaren brand. The cars that we have focus on very high performances and are detail-orientated given the high level of technology. Some groups of customers are excited about that and some want something that suits their lifestyle a little bit more.
“It will capture a different level of customers that we use to engage previously,” McLaren Asia Pacific and China MD George Biggs said at the launch event in Shah Alam. Biggs said the demand from Asia accounts for about 25% of McLaren’s total production.
McLaren comprises three businesses namely automotive, racing and applied technologies.
McLaren Automotive Ltd was launched in 2010 and the nine-yearold company is now the largest unit of the group.
The brand is retailed by over 80 retailers in more than 30 markets around the world.
Under the Track25 business plan (2018-2025), the Surrey, England-based automaker projects to invest £1.2 billion (RM6.1 billion) in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.
The programme is expected to boost the company’s production to 6,000 cars a year, while its entire range is targeted to be 100% hybrid by 2025.
The new McLaren GT is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers 620PS and 630Nm of torque via a seven-speed transmission.
The 1,530kg carbon-fibre vehicle sprints to 100kph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds, zero to 200kph in nine seconds, at a top speed of 326kph.
Meanwhile, McLaren KL invested RM15 million in the new 3S facility.
The state-of-the-art showroom features, among others, interactive car configurator for prospective buyers to customise the car and McLaren Window that provides a unique view into the McLaren Product ion Centre in Woking, England.
In a previous report, McLaren KL CEO Roland Chan said the company, McFarren Supercars Sdn Bhd, targets to sell 30 cars next year.
Chan said the company will focus on strengthening the brand in the country after being appointed as the official importer of the British sports cars in April last year.