REVIEW: The McLaren GT is a $240,000 luggage hauler that can rocket to 203 mph with your golf clubs in tow
- The 2020 GT is the "grand touring" model from McLaren, boasting a comfortable ride and ample storage space via two trunks.
- In fact, the combined storage space from its trunks is actually more than a Toyota Camry's trunk capacity.
- The GT starts at $215,500, but my loaner came to $237,930 MSRP after options.
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I'm old enough to remember when there were no McLarens for sale. The only McLaren you could buy for the road was the hallowed F1, which ended production in 1998. Two decades and an exponentially heightened collector status later, most people don't have a spare $20 million to blow on an F1 at auction today.
But now there are many McLarens to choose from. McLarens that cost far less than $20 million. McLarens that have top-exit exhausts — exhaust tips that point upward, because awesome — McLarens without roofs, and utilitarian McLarens with big trunks.
What stands out: Taking flight
Driving or riding in a car with a monocoque chassis doesn't feel quite like anything else. Because the structure is one solid piece, the whole car sort of behaves that way too. Going over a bump in a normal car splits the action in two: impact on the front wheels and then, a second later, impact on the rear wheels.
In the GT, bumps did not feel like this. Whatever affected the front was felt immediately throughout the entire car, similar to how turbulence feels when you're flying. The GT may be the "practical" McLaren, but it's maintained the wonderfully distinctive soaring sensation that other McLaren models have perfected. Your imagination wanders from merely cruising on the highway at 70 mph to gliding along in a low-flying fighter jet.
This might seem dumb (to some) but I love it when cars have well-machined components in high-touch areas. The paddle shifters in the McLaren GT, for example, are a delight.
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But tug on the left-hand transmission paddle — machined magnificently from what felt like a single piece of metal — and the dual-clutch snaps the gears down faster than a whip-crack. Punch in the accelerator and you've punched yourself straight for the horizon, the sound of those twin-turbos whooshing behind your head.
The GT's pièce de résistance, however, is its steering. It uses a electro-hydraulically assisted steering system, so there's no artificial feel — typically associated with electronically assisted steering — to worry about here. There's weight to it, but it's welcomed weight because you're able to tuck the nose precisely and directly into a corner every single time. Wondering what the front wheels are up to is for the birds, baby.
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