McLaren Automotive's hand-built vehicles are known for speed and handling, but now the British exotic brand is giving its interiors a new touch that's synonymous with high-end clothing — cashmere.
The material associated with expensive scarves and sweaters will soon be an option on the GT, a grand tourer powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 with 612 hp. McLaren will make the surface material available on portions of seats in the Atelier trim level for what may be its first production-vehicle application. The natural fabric is a blend of wool from Australia and cashmere from Mongolia.
The touch of elegance represents McLaren's desire to woo ultraluxury customers to a powerful supercar with a sticker of $200,000 or more. The newest nameplate in McLaren's expanding lineup, the GT will arrive this year as a ride meant for long-distance driving, where comfort is key.
The GT seats are unique to the nameplate and were engineered for long drives. According to McLaren, in addition to the soft touch, cashmere is insulating and temperature regulating, which will add to overall comfort.