McLaren cars are known for their performance but the deluxe GT, which is the automaker’s flagship model, places luxury at the wheel. This McLaren grand tourer is designed to compete with other cars such as Bentley or Aston Martin. This McLaren coupe combines enthusiast-friendly performance and the comfort that customers have come to expect from this class. The GT has more cargo space than other McLaren cars and enough trunk space to make it a comfortable daily driver. Maximum passenger capacity is two. This makes the typical vehicle more practical, accommodating four to five passengers. The GT is still one of McLaren’s most livable models.
What’s new for 2020?
McLaren GT debuts for 2020 model year.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
McLaren offers the GT in one trim level, which is well-equipped with all the amenities that are expected of buyers in this price range. It features a staggered wheel design with 20-inch wheels in the front and 21 inches in the back. All models come with LED headlamps. All models come equipped with LED headlamps that have rain- and light sensors, as well as sequential LED indicators. A fixed rear wing is located above slim LED taillights and a large rear diffuser. There are also sizable exhaust tailpipes. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery and knurled aluminum controls. Each GT coupe includes tech features like navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as driver assistance features such as backup cameras. McLaren offers many options for the GT including an upgraded sound system, rear privacy glass, and other amenities.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
McLaren has fitted the GT with a twin turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 612 horsepower and 465 Lb-ft. The engine is paired with a seven speed automatic transmission, which sends power to both the front and rear wheels. The McLaren GT boasts fast acceleration, as you would expect from a McLaren vehicle. According to McLaren, the coupe can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. We have not yet tested one to confirm this claim. Launch control is available and the car can be accelerated from a standing position. The GT’s ride quality makes it an excellent choice for everyday driving. It also offers several driving modes that can be customized to suit your needs.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
McLaren claims that the GT gets 15/22 mpg in city/highway. This puts it behind the Aston Martin DB11 with a fuel economy of as high as 18/24 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The McLaren’s access is via the dihedral doors. This feature is uncommon among grand tourers. The GT is smaller than the other models in the class when it comes to passenger space. The coupe can only accommodate two passengers, whereas most models in this segment can seat four to six people. With a lot of soft hide, the cabin is more luxurious than the McLaren. Standard upholstery is Nappa leather, but there are also options like cashmere or microfiber. A panoramic glass roof is an option that lets natural light in. An electrochromatic feature allows the glass roof to change from opaque to transparent at the touch of one button. This McLaren does not offer luxury features like ventilated and massaging front seats, which are common in this class. This class has a GT that offers a generous cargo volume. The rear cargo bay offers 14.8 cubic feet of storage. The cargo area is also increased by 5.3 cubic feet in the front trunk, which brings it to 20.1 cubic yards. Comparable to the Aston Martin DB11’s nine cubic feet, this model has only nine cubic feet. The GT’s rear cargo area heats up due to the engine placement. After a drive, a laptop kept there was hot enough to be a concern.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The GT’s tech features include a 7.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen. The automaker claims its graphics are inspired by private jets. Standard features include SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, and a four speaker sound system. Optional is a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker system.