MCLAREN IS RE­PORT­EDLY CON­SID­ER­ING A 2+2 GT MODEL

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Dur­ing the Shang­hai Mo­tor Show, McLaren CEO Mike Fle­witt got onto the topic of a four-seat GT McLaren model, which he hinted at while talk­ing to press. While care­ful not to re­veal any of­fi­cial plans, he did hint that any fu­ture GT model from McLaren would re­main a two-door.

“It could be ei­ther Sports Se­ries or Ul­ti­mate Se­ries and I could see the GT fur­ther en­hance its us­abil­ity and fur­ther move in that di­rec­tion if that ve­hi­cle could have at least a 2+2 con­fig­u­ra­tion,” he said. “We'd look at it, see if it's what the mar­ket wants and see if it would still have the driv­ing at­tributes that you'd want from our cars – you would have to use a slightly longer wheel­base so you would lose a lit­tle of the agility that's there. But if what you got back was more at­trac­tive than what else is in that seg­ment then maybe, yes.”

Fle­witt went on to say that McLaren will never, to his knowl­edge, em­bark on an SUVbuild­ing cam­paign, which sits just fine with us. McLaren is meant to be a pure per­for­mance sportscar brand, af­ter all. As for of­fi­cial news about any po­ten­tial Grand Tour­ing 2+2 op­tions, we'll have to wait and see what comes down the pipe­line at McLaren HQ. When Audi's Qu­at­tro di­vi­sion changed its name to Audi Sport, they an­nounced that some new mod­els were on the way. De­buted at the New York Auto Show, the Audi R8 seems to fall into the sub-brand's wheel­house with the re­veal of an Audi Sport Edi­tion of the Audi R8. How­ever, de­spite the sporty name, the lim­ited edi­tion R8 doesn't fea­ture any bol­stered per­for­mance fig­ures, but rather a flashy cos­metic makeover.

Im­me­di­ately no­tice­able is the ad­di­tion of a lib­eral dose of red. The R8's sig­na­ture side blades and mir­rors get the same high­gloss red plaint treat­ment that the brake calipers do. The brake caliper come in an an­thracite fin­ish on the V10 Plus trim, but the side blades and mir­rors will be ex­clu­sively red. The front spoiler, grille, and dif­fuser will be ti­ta­nium black, and tailpipe trim will be fin­ished in a gloss black. There are some changes in­side the car as well. Il­lu­mi­nated door sills wel­come you into the cabin where black and red Nappa leather seats will keep you com­fort­able. Over­all in­te­rior color is de­pen­dent on paint choice, but dark sil­ver stitch­ing and gloss car­bon fiber in­lays will keep things fresh re­gard­less of color. In true race­car fash­ion, the flat-bot­tom, three-spoke steer­ing wheel has a match­ing red stripe wrapped at 12 o'clock. Pro­duc­tion for the Audi Sport Edi­tion R8 is said to be lim­ited to 200 units world­wide, with or­ders start­ing in May and de­liv­er­ies be­gin­ning to­wards the end of the sum­mer. Stan­dard mod­els will run about $193,100, and the V10 Plus mod­els will go for around $218,500.

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