I recently had the chance to drive the new 2020 McLaren GT, which is the “luxury” McLaren. Or, at least, that’s what McLaren calls it, and it seems a bit ridiculous to me, because the “luxury” McLaren is still a mid-engine sports car with butterfly doors that does 0-to-60 mph in 3.3 seconds. To me, it doesn’t seem like a very luxury McLaren at all.
But McLaren insists I’m wrong, and that it is a luxury car, even though I personally think it seems like a regular McLaren, just wrapped in leather. To find out what’s actually true, of course, I had to spend some time with the GT. So I did.
Here’s what I discovered: unbelievably, yes, this is actually a luxury McLaren. Part of the reason it’s “luxury” is the obvious stuff: They wrapped the entire interior in leather, they put nice stitching and materials everywhere, and they basically transformed a McLaren into a luxury car, at least cosmetically.
But, amazingly, it isn’t just that, as I suspected it would be. The McLaren GT is actually … kind of luxurious to drive. It feels shockingly calm and collected, and surprisingly comfortable and “nice.” Yes, you can put it into its sportiest “track” mode and really feel the insanity if you want, but you can also drive it … like a GT car, comfortably, with a supple ride, without getting tossed around on the road. It really surprised me.
Part of the reason it surprised me was indeed this car’s numbers. The McLaren GT uses a twin turbo V8 that makes an amazing 612 horsepower, and, like I mentioned … 0-to-60 mph in 3.3 seconds. These aren’t the typical numbers of a GT car, especially when the engine is in the middle. And I do think the McLaren GT falls short on a “real” GT experience by not including back seats and standard doors, though the GT does add a huge cargo compartment that brings its cargo volume totals up to a typical midsize sedan’s.
Indeed, what this car really is is something of a hybrid between a GT and a sports car — which is probably what you should expect from McLaren, as it’s unlikely they’ll ever make a “true” GT. And, frankly, this car is precisely the McLaren that most McLaren owners should probably be buying. It’s fast and fun when you want it to be, but far more comfortable and relaxed for road use than, for instance, the crazy 600LT or slightly less crazy but still insane 720S. Here’s your chance to have a McLaren in all ways, except for getting beaten up as you drive down the street.
And, indeed, it’s a great compromise — though, like all things McLaren, compromise comes at a cost. Prices start at $210,000 and go up radically from there as you add options. Still, this gives you the chance to have the best of all worlds — including a McLaren in the garage. Find a McLaren GT for sale
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