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McLaren GT

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The McLaren GT was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show as the UK sports car brand’s first ‘proper’ grand tourer. It’s by no means a typical GT, however, based on the 720S supercar with its mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 engine.

This leans towards the McLaren handling better than a typical GT with a heavy front-mounted engine, but makes ticking the practicality boxes, such as reasonable boot space, more difficult.

McLaren solves this by shrinking the engine – in both the space it occupies and its power, to a ‘mere’ 620hp. This frees up a reasonably large but shallow boot space under the glass rear deck, added to space under the front hood.

What Car? likes the concept – compared to typical GTs “the McLaren feels light on its feet, diving into corners with gusto and next to no body roll,” and adding that the car rides better than many executive cars they’ve tested.

Autocar acknowledges McLaren has tried to make typical supercar traits easier – the huge upwards swinging doors are lighter, and it’s not so difficult to slide across the wide sill and lower oneself into the seat. Doing so, however, “didn’t become as intuitive as you might hope on a GT car.”

Finally the looks divide opinions – some testers regard the GT as visually stunning, others question whether it is bold enough. “We just wish McLaren had done more to distinguish the GT from the rest of the range,” says Auto Express. “It’s a great car but it could have been a bit more special.”

Yet the GT will make up a quarter of McLaren sales, according to Car, which adds, “look at it as a mid-engined Porsche 911 Turbo and you can see the appeal.”

As of March 2022, the McLaren GT currently holds an Expert Rating of 71% based on 18 reviews.

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McLaren GT highlights

  • Superb performance and handling…
  • …combined with surprisingly comfortable ride
  • Head-turning looks
  • Quality interior

McLaren GT lowlights

  • Not that easy to get in and out of
  • Poor infotainment tech
  • Shallow boot
  • Is this really practical enough to be called a GT?
  • …or refined enough to be called a GT?

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-engined coupé
Engine: petrol
Price: From £165,300 on-road

Launched: Summer 2019
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


No safety rating

As of March 2022, the McLaren GT has not been crash-tested by independent safety authority, Euro NCAP. Having to buy a few GTs for testing would probably blow Euro NCAP’s budget for the whole year, so it’s unlikely to ever happen.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of March 2022, the McLaren GT has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. Again, we’re not expecting it to happen anytime soon – so you’ll have to use your imagination to work out how environmentally friendly a luxury GT with a twin-turbo petrol V8 engine from a supercar might be.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the McLaren GT, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Aston Martin DB11 | Bentley Continental GT | BMW 8 Series | Ferrari Roma | Lexus LC | Maserati MC20 | Mercedes-AMG GT | Polestar 1 | Porsche 911 Turbo | Rolls-Royce Wraith

You won’t find many mid-engined cars claiming to be GTs so the perceived rivals to the McLaren are rather more traditional front-engined models, such as the Aston Martin DB11, Bentley Continental GT or even a BMW 8 Series. But like most cars at this end of the market, the GT will mostly be bought not because it’s a Grand Tourer, but because it’s a McLaren.

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McLaren GTThe McLaren GT is the brand’s first grand tourer, but it's very different to most luxury GTs – which has both positive and negative results.