McLaren GT

The McLaren GT comes with a 4.0L V8 twin-turbo engine which makes 612-horsepower, matched with a 7-speed auto-shift manual transmission that includes responsive steering wheel paddle shifters that easily enables the ultra-exotic sports car to accelerate 0-60 mph in just over 3 seconds. The McLaren can reach speeds up to 203 mph while in the conventional sports car setting of rear-wheel drive.

The GT comes with the standard performance features found on McLarens such as launch control, carbon fiber tub and Proactive Chassis Control, but also comes with ride comfort features that include multiple driving modes. The GT also comes with the elusive dihedral butterfly doors which easily impresses any passenger.

The McLaren GT comes standard with 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels, power folding heated mirrors, LED brake lights, fully automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights, immobilizer and one-touch activated windows. McLaren's grand touring model comes with an array of luxurious and comfort features: including Nappa leather seating, leatherette headliner, dual-zone climate control, leather sport steering wheel with polished finishes, driver seat memory and Recaro bucket seats.

The GT's interior also includes a 7-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, satellite radio, voice-activated navigation, Bluetooth integration and two USB ports. The GT's four speaker sound system can also be upgraded to a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system. Optional equipment on the GT include an exclusive panoramic glass roof that is available with an electrochromic feature that controls the level of outdoor light allowed into the cabin with the touch of a button. The GT is one McLaren's most luxurious and refined models, it comes with no shortage of optional materials plus color choices inside and out.

Editors' Review

McLaren has said on more than one occasion that it absolutely, positively will not build an SUV. So how is the brand catering to customers who desire a softer, gentler McLaren? Meet the new GT.

That's "GT" as in "grand tourer," a McLaren for folks who want to cover great distances in great comfort, presumably at great speeds. On those criteria, the GT is as perfectly suited for long-haul duty as any of McLaren's other products -- it is most definitely a supercar at its core.

I mean that literally. The GT uses the same layout and construction as McLaren's other cars: carbon-fiber tub chassis, two seats and a big V8 mounted midship. The tub in question is the company's MonoCell II-T design -- that's "T" for "Touring," meaning it includes an upper structure placed above the engine, which forms the underside of the luggage compartment. In order to accommodate this larger cargo area, the V8 sits nearly 5 inches lower in the GT's body than it does in a McLaren 720S. The airflow and exhaust hardware has been redesigned so the two big outlets are positioned as low as possible, below the bumper, rather than just under the taillights, as they are on the 720S. All of this is done to keep the powertrain's heat as far away from the cargo hold as possible. You don't want that pint of Ben & Jerry's Half Baked to melt on the way home, do you?

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The Good ~ Sharp styling that turns heads ~ Powerful, emotive V8 engine ~ Stellar driving dynamics ~ Beautifully crafted interior with high-quality materials

The Bad ~ Laggy infotainment lacks smartphone connectivity ~ Missing some key luxury and driver-assistance features

The Bottom Line The new GT is another entry in a long line of fantastic McLaren sports cars. But a grand tourer? Not really.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9.5
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 9
  • Media 5.5

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