Could the McLaren GT be the do-it-all supercar? It combines style, performance, and luxury in similar measure, plus a surprising amount of cargo capacity. McLaren introduced the GT for 2020, aimed at bringing sporty flair to the high-end luxury grand tourer segment. This two-seat exotic is designed to provide comfort on long-distance cruises and excitement on winding backroads.
When a luxury car is ultra-quick, does it become a supercar? When a supercar is comfortable, is it actually a luxury car? These are questions the McLaren GT forces us to ponder.
With its carbon-fiber construction, explosive V-8, and instant-shift dual-clutch transmission, the GT's McLaren DNA is obvious. At the same time, its opulent interior and compliant ride suit it to the grand tours its name suggests.
The trouble is that in trying to be many things the GT can't quite succeed at being one thing. Drivers who want sporty sensations might be better off in a more focused supercar. Those who demand luxury can find it in a less intense machine.
The McLaren GT strikes a unique balance, blending performance and opulence like few other vehicles can. As a sporty grand tourer it succeeds, but it may still not be the ultimate everyday supercar.
Like other McLarens, the GT is powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo V-8. In this case it displaces 4.0 liters and produces 612 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. McLaren claims a 3.2-second 0-60 mph time, but we wouldn't be surprised if the GT breaks into the 2-second range. Top speed is rated at 203 mph. If trifles such as fuel economy matter to you, the GT achieves 15/22 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA (2020 rating).
Supercars aren't typically the most practical vehicles out there, but the McLaren GT isn't the typical supercar. Like other mid-engine exotics, it has a frunk between the front wheels, measuring 5.3 cubic feet—matching the 570S and 720S. However, the GT features a rear cargo area below a large glass hatchback-esque door. That adds about 14.8 cubic feet of capacity and is large enough for duffel bags or golf clubs. Total cargo capacity measures just over 20 cubic feet. For reference, another British hatchback, the Mini Cooper, has 8.7 cubic feet with the rear seats up, or 34.0 cubic feet when folded down. Who says supercars can't be practical?