The new $3.6 million McLaren Solus GT is a video game dream come true

There’s a new hypercar on the horizon from McLaren. Known as the Solus GT, it has a unique history tied to the gaming industry. In fact, if you love video games, you might think this latest McLaren car looks somewhat familiar. We’re here to tell you there’s a reason for that.

What is the McLaren Solus GT?

McLaren Solus GT | McLaren Automotive

McLaren Automotive recently tweeted images of the new McLaren Solus GT shown at Monterey Car Week. The manufacturer tried to generate interest in the vehicle by announcing that “the 5.2-liter V10 Solus GT has already started testing and customer deliveries will begin in 2023”.

Of course, the customers who can actually hope to buy the hypercar will be few and far between. It will be a limited-production vehicle that will cost between $3 million and $4 million, with only 25 units produced, according to Automotive News. Customers will also have to deal with the fact that the car won’t actually be street legal.

The specs of the McLaren Solus GT are certainly impressive. Its 840 horsepower engine allows it to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds and reach speeds of up to 200 km/h.

What makes this new McLaren Solus GT particularly interesting is that, according to Bloomberg, it’s an actual version of a McLaren Vision concept car that was featured in a popular video game. The game, Gran Turismo Sports, is known for featuring “futuristic but fictional cars” from manufacturers such as Lamborghini and Mercedes-Benz.

While the futuristic concept car had been a mainstay of Gran Turismo Sports since 2013, it wasn’t until 2017 that McLaren jumped on board. As Bloomberg explains, “The McLaren Vision GT that debuted in 2017 is the brand’s first to go from play to garage.”

There’s a pretty good reason why supercar makers are often keen to partner with game makers in this way. Kazunori Yamauchi, who works for the company that created Gran Turismo, note that many Gran Turismo players then buy the real-life version of the cars featured in the games they played when they were younger. This is, of course, great news for manufacturers keen to attract potential future customers.

Here are some other hypercars from the McLaren lineup

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The McLaren Solus GT is the latest in a long line of McLaren supercars. Other models in the current McLaren range include the 765 LT, 720S and Artura.

The McLaren 765 LT, unsurprisingly, is a monster when it comes to speed. The name of the car refers to its supposed output of 765 horsepower, although it is estimated to be even more powerful than that, reaching up to 850 hp. All that power allows the stock version of the vehicle to complete a quarter mile on a drag strip in just 9.3 seconds.

Then there’s the McLaren 720S, which can hit speeds of up to 212mph, thanks to its 719bhp engine. Of course, most of us don’t want or need to go over 200 mph. For the rest of us, it might be useful to know that you can hit a more “normal” speed of 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. We should note that this level of performance doesn’t come cheap. The McLaren 720S starts at $305,000.

Finally, we would be remiss if we did not mention the Artura. This McLaren is a hybrid car, although its 7.4kWh lithium-ion battery only manages 15 miles on electricity. The McLaren Artura produces a combined total of 671 hp (577 hp from its 3.0L V6 engine and 94 hp from its electric motor).

While a real McLaren probably isn’t in your budget, keep an eye out for games like Gran Turismo – you never know when you’ll have another chance to enjoy at least one fantastic version.

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