Technically, the GT is a McLaren model series in its own right, but the car’s pricing puts it close enough to the heart of the firm’s Sports Series that it could almost have slotted in there.
A 570S is only £12,000 cheaper, while a 720S is more than £50,000 pricier. If next year’s Artura model is priced above the GT – and you wouldn’t bet against that – this could become Woking’s de-facto entry-rung model. If it does, it won’t look like one, or seem that way to travel in, which should work in its favour.
After slow sales thus far, McLaren has just sweetened the GT’s value positioning by enriching its standard equipment tally for the 2021 model year, making what was formerly the content of several big options packages (the Pioneer/ Luxe, Practicality, Premium and Lightweight Sports Packs) all standard kit. It makes a big difference to what owners might pay for the car; our test car would have had an after-options price some £35,000 higher had we tested it last year.
McLaren claims the GT’s touring range is 418 miles from its 72-litre tank. But our touring economy testing suggested that’s conservative: the car returned 34.2mpg on our touring efficiency test, making for a touring range of up to 540 miles. Few would surely want to travel further without stopping for something.