McLaren’s latest supercar, the GT, isn’t just about grin inducing speed - it is far more refined than that, but gluing you to the back of the seat is still something it’ll be able to do in its sleep.

The newbie, which was showcased at an exclusive event in Dubai last week, offers classic Grand Tourer attributes to help it do battle against the likes of the Aston Martin DB11 - but the Woking carmaker hasn’t forgotten its roots; the GT is lighter, faster, more engaging to drive - but the Brits say it will be more useable too.

Renowned for its high-performance sportscars and supercars, McLaren’s latest offering establishes a new category for the company – and it’s an important step too as the plan is to increase annual sales by 25 per cent. The GT is the fourth model to be launched under the McLaren Automotive Track25 business plan, where a total of 14 new models and derivatives will be created.

Brett Soso, Managing Director of Middle East, Africa & Latin America for McLaren Automotive says, “We are thrilled to showcase the new, superlight McLaren GT to our brand enthusiasts in Dubai. With best in class power-to-weight ratio, enhanced luggage capacity and high levels of everyday usability, this car is perfectly positioned to challenge the established competition in the Grand Touring category. We are already seeing strong interest in this new model and I am confident that this beautiful yet functional car will attract a new type of discerning customers in the Middle East region.”

Light and yet extremely comfortable, the new GT features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 making 620 horses and 630Nm of torque. It weighs 1,530kg and can hit 100kph in just 3.2 seconds and is blessed with a top speed of 326kph.

Inside, it is dressed in Nappa leather and Alcantara, as well as bespoke seats designed with long distance comfort in mind. Along with McLaren’s infotainment system it packs hidden-until-lit ambient lighting and machined aluminium switches and controls. It also has decent amount of luggage space what with 150 litres at the front and a rear luggage bay offering up to 420 litres.

Prices for the new McLaren GT in the UAE start from Dh875,000 with first market deliveries of the car scheduled for beginning of 2020.