New 2021 McLaren GT: everything you need to know

Tyler Heatley

15 Nov 2021

McLaren most practical supercar takes on the world's best GTs.

> Most practical McLaren

> Twin-turbo V8

> 612bhp

> 570-litres of storage

> £165,000

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2021 McLaren GT design

The McLaren GT is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to design as it’s unlike any other car in the range. There are echoes of models such as the Senna with those pronounced vertical intakes on its shoulders, but its face is totally unique utilising more conventional shapes than its siblings. This car is far more subtle than shock and awe.

Those who fondly remember the McLaren 570GT will recognise this sloping rear glasshouse, but instead of a sideways piano lid opening, you’ll find a more practical hatch.

There’s a wide array of colours and carbon trinkets you can option to give your McLaren GT a sportier look, but we think this super GT is at its best when subtle. If you strongly disagree, McLaren Special Operations will happily customise your vehicle to whatever your heart desires.

2021 McLaren GT interior and infotainment

You still get that supercar feel to the cockpit of this GT. You sit low and are cocooned by the car, but this space features plusher materials than that of a 720S. There’s also comfier seats, more soundproofing, and lower sills to aid getting in and out of this mid-engined machine.

The infotainment system is the portrait unit we’ve come to be familiar with. It’s ok but can prove sluggish at times and a little basic in comparison to some rivals such as the Bentley Continental GT.

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2021 McLaren GT practicality and boot space

This is the key thing that differentiates this McLaren from its stablemates. While it is a mid-engined supercar, its purpose is to cross continents, and so 570-litres for storage is at your disposal. Under the bonnet, you get 150-litres, while the electric tailgate reveals a further 420-litres.

There’s enough space for golf cups and some small luggage cases, keep in mind that the rear cargo area gets rather warm thanks to the engine that lives beneath.

2021 McLaren GT engine

Just like many McLarens, the GT makes use of a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine but said turbos are a little smaller than those found on a 720S. The net result is that it’s not as powerful as its Super Series brother, but 612bhp and 630Nm of torque is not to be sniffed at.

A sprint from 0-62mph is done in just over 4 seconds and it will surge to a top speed of 204mph.

2021 McLaren GT prices and on-sale date

You can order a McLaren GT right now, or just play with the configurator if you can’t afford one – we are the latter, sadly. There are plenty of used examples you can pick up right now, but don’t forget that new cars can be customised by MSO.

A McLaren GT will cost its new owner £165,000.

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Tyler Heatley

15 Nov 2021