If you’re looking for a side of luxury with your supercar, the 2021 McLaren GT takes the performance of the brand’s other white-hot offerings and dresses it up with high-end cabin materials. The GT is a two-seater, though, so don’t make any road-trip plans for a group. Nappa leather upholstery, a glass roof, and an optional 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo system help make the interior a pleasant place to relax while driving long distances. Cargo capacity is better than other McLaren models too, so packing light isn’t a requirement. But despite its best efforts at luxury, the GT lacks certain amenities that a wide range of rivals ranging from the Aston Martin DB11 to the Bentley Continental GT coupe provide—things like massaging seats, wood trim, and driver-assistance features. But hey, can your Bentley or Aston hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds? The McLaren can.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
McLaren has equipped the GT with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that generates 612 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. As you’d expect from a vehicle wearing the McLaren nameplate, the GT counts swift acceleration among its strengths. The company claims that the coupe sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds ; we have yet to test one to verify that claim. The car comes with launch control and features that work to optimize acceleration from a standing start. The car’s ride quality is comfortable enough to make it a pleasant choice for every-day driving, and the GT offers a selection of driving modes that allow you to customize the car’s handling to your desires.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
This McLaren is accessed via dihedral doors, a feature that’s unusual among grand tourers. Relative to the other models in this class, the GT has a disadvantage when it comes to passenger capacity. While most models in this segment seat four or more passengers, this coupe accommodates just two. The cabin is more deluxe than that of the typical McLaren, with ample use of supple hide. Nappa leather upholstery is standard, and options such as cashmere and microfiber are offered. An optional panoramic glass roof lets natural light into the cabin. The glass roof is available with an electrochromic feature that allows it to switch from opaque to varying levels of transparency at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, luxury features such as massaging and ventilated front seats—commonly offered by other picks in this class—aren’t available on this McLaren. The GT offers cargo capacity that’s generous for this class. In the back, there’s a rear luggage bay that offers 14.8 cubic feet of storage. There’s also a front trunk offering an additional 5.3 cubic feet, bringing total cargo capacity to 20.1 cubic feet. With a rival such as the Aston Martin DB11, you get only nine cubic feet of room for your gear. Keep in mind, though, that due to the placement of the engine, the GT’s rear cargo area gets very hot. A laptop stored there was warm enough to cause concern after a drive.