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The 2020 McLaren GT Is the $250,000 Ultra-Luxury McLaren

The 2020 McLaren GT Is the $250,000 Ultra-Luxury McLaren
this is the new

2020

mclaren

gt and it is the

luxury

mclaren

all

mclaren

s are

luxury

cars of course to a degree but mostly they're supercars and sports cars with rough rides and loud exhausts this is supposed to be the luxurious new grand touring

mclaren

the most

luxury

oriented car

mclaren

has ever made today i'm going to find out if it really is i've borrowed this

mclaren

gt from oguera la jolla which has just become

mclaren

san diego the new

mclaren

dealership here in san diego
the 2020 mclaren gt is the 250 000 ultra luxury mclaren
now

mclaren

san diego has all of the latest

mclaren

models and that includes the new gt which is just arriving this month to fill a big luxurious hole in

mclaren

's lineup at first glance this may not seem like a

luxury

touring car and i'm especially skeptical when i look at the numbers it has 612 horsepower it'll do zero to 60 in 3.1 seconds and it'll hit a top speed of 203 miles per hour that plus the mid engine design and the two-seat layout isn't usually the stuff of a

luxury

touring car but

mclaren

insists that it is the interior is a lot more luxurious

mclaren

says the suspension is tuned for a more supple ride and it certainly looks a lot less daring and insane than the

mclaren

720s which it's based on pricing however is very much in supercar exotic car territory this thing starts around two hundred and ten thousand dollars and that's before options which are plentiful and pricey so today i'm going to take you on a tour of the new

mclaren

gt and
i'm going to show you all of the interesting quirks and features of the latest

mclaren

then i'm going to get it out on the road and drive it and then i'm going to give it a doug score and for more of my thoughts on the gt click the link below to visit autotrader.com oversteer all right i'm going to start the quirks and features of the

mclaren

gt with simply getting in which isn't the most obvious thing because there's no immediate apparent door handle out here it turns
out the door handle is behind the door it's this little panel that's painted the same color as the body you push it and then the window drops a little and the door opens so push it and now the door is open and i can climb in but before i do that there's a little hidden party trick with this door handle if you push on it and hold it down the window will automatically drop all the way down into the door that allows you to roll down the windows before you get into the car to kind of
cool it off a little bit before you climb in so i will do that now now unfortunately the one drawback to this is that once you've rolled down the window you can't put it back up from the outside you can't push the door handle again or hold down the lock button on the key fob the window is down so once you roll it down you better be okay with the fact that it's staying down unless you get in turn on the car and roll it back up using the window switches and next up speaking of cool
opening things in this car i want to move on to the tailgate yes this car has a tailgate and in order to open it you press a little button on the key fob and then it automatically pops open on the long list of things i never thought a

mclaren

would do that was definitely pretty high up there and of course when you're ready to close the tailgate no surprise there's a little button inside the tailgate showing a

mclaren

with the tailgate open you press that button and then the tailgate
automatically comes down and closes itself no slamming back here and probably the coolest thing about this whole process is the button on the key fob to open the tailgate is the same button that you press on other

mclaren

s to open the front trunk here if you want to open the front trunk you just press the front half of that car diagram but if you want to open the tailgate you press the back half of that car diagram and then the tailgate automatically pops open and you can get back here to store
your luggage now the reason that you have this power tailgate of course is that in the back of this car you have a giant cargo area most other

mclaren

models have the engine on display right back here but not this one instead you have a giant cargo area now the lift gate opens revealing a cargo area that begs the question is this really a

mclaren

hatchback i'll let you debate that for now i'm going to hit you with some numbers this has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats
combine that with the front trunk and you have 20.3 cubic feet of cargo space total in your

mclaren

that's more than a toyota camry i'm serious and it's about the same as a honda hrv with the seats up that's a compact crossover and the

mclaren

rivals it on cargo space in fact the cargo area back here is so big that

mclaren

says it has room for golf clubs you can't get golf clubs in a ferrari 488 although truthfully could you really get golf clubs in here is this really big
enough for that seems like kind of a stretch but since i'm committed to providing you with the most thorough car reviews i have a set of golf clubs and now i'm gonna try to load them in to the back of the

mclaren

gt now they're in here we push the button and well i think it's safe to say that indeed you can get a set of golf clubs in the back of a

mclaren

gt now while you may be excited to celebrate the fact that there is finally a

mclaren

that you can load your golf clubs into
it is important to mention that having this cargo area back here means that you can't see any of the engine in the 720s you can see a little bit of engine when you walk to the back of the car and this thing it is all completely covered by this leather-lined cargo area but this cargo area is impressively practical for instance there are six different hooks you can use back here to tie down your cargo to keep it from rolling around and getting damaged while you drive around in your

mclaren

that's the kind of thing you'd see in a family sedan's trunk they have it here and this

mclaren

hatchback as well and next up another item worth noting back here even though the engine can't be seen anymore because of this cargo area it's still back here this is still a mid-engine car it's just all beneath the cargo area and there are two reminders of the engine on either side of the cargo area you have little caps over on the right you have the oil cap unscrew it and
that's where you can add oil and over on the left you have the coolant cap unscrew it and you can add coolant but that is as close to the engine as you will get in your

mclaren

otherwise you just have a cargo area back here leather-lined beautiful and luxurious perfectly in keeping with what you'd expect from the

luxury

mclaren

gt and next we move around to the back of the gt where one flaw of this car becomes immediately apparent and that's the fact that right above this cargo area
the 2020 mclaren gt is the 250 000 ultra luxury mclaren
is a huge rear window and that means whatever you put back here is really visible to anybody walking by and not just visible but on display look everyone this is my golf bag pretty cool huh needless to say even though it's a large cargo area if you want to put anything valuable in your gt you're going to want to use the front trunk or get some sort of cover that you can put on those cargo tie downs so nobody can see it and next up we move on to the turn signals in the

mclaren

gt and as
you can see they're very cool they just sort of light up as part of this thin brake light strip line and they light up more and more orange as they flash and it looks really cool now in previous videos i've told you that turn signals like this don't comply with us regulations and i'm not exactly sure how this car fits into that this is kind of a demo display car it may not be a u.s spec model and so that might be why it has those turn signals now speaking of turn signals a couple
of other noteworthy turn signal related items with this car one is on the side it's the fact that the red rear reflector lights up as a turn signal when you put the turn signal on so that actually blinks and it's the same deal in front with the front orange reflector that blinks as a turn signal when you put the turn signal on those are a little bit unusual you don't see that very commonly when you go around to the front of this car though the turn signal is fairly standard pretty
much in line with other

mclaren

models that have similar shaped and styled turn signals and finally since i'm back here we might as well do it the exhaust note now remember this is supposed to be the

luxury

grand touring high class

mclaren

not an exotic sports car supercar let's see if it sounds like it next we move on to the interior of the

luxury

mclaren

where you see a lot of the same touches in here that you saw in that cargo area specifically leather everywhere just look at this
interior fully finished in leather leather and more leather a huge departure from the carbon fiber and alcantara interiors that you often see in basically every other

mclaren

they use those materials to save weight they're good for track use but this is all about leather regardless of how heavy it is it's beautiful it's luxurious and so it's on the

luxury

mclaren

now it's worth noting that all this leather really does transform the experience at least from a visual
perspective it looks very very different from every other

mclaren

in here it looks very much like a

luxury

car which is how

mclaren

is pitching it it's amazing that just changing the materials can have that much of an effect but this definitely doesn't look like a

mclaren

interior aside from their usual infotainment system their steering wheel that sort of thing but beyond all the leather there are a couple of other

luxury

features in here on account of this being the

luxury

mclaren

and
by far the most notable is the sunroof okay you look up at the sunroof you see a glass panel pretty simple but you can adjust its brightness if you press a little control on the ceiling you can have the sunroof immediately switch to letting in more light but if you decide that's too much light there are several different stages of brightness you can choose for the sunroof and as you can see it immediately switches to whatever stage you set it for it's really really impressive the sunroof
can just instantly change the amount of light that it lets through almost as impressive is the control that allows you to do this on one side there's a moon on the other side there's a sun and then there are these little boxes in between you push these boxes and they correspond to various different levels of brightness for the sunroof and you can see the box lights up when you push it and then the sunroof changes its brightness it's all a very slick operation and very cool if you
ever get in a car and you decide the sunroof is just letting in too much heat too much light well you don't need just an ugly sunroof cover in this thing because it has magic glass but it's not just the sunroof and the leather that make this a

luxury

car how about the fact that there's extra storage in here most

mclaren

models don't have any door pocket storage because the doors open upwards and anything you had in there would just fall down but this one does you can see within
the leather door panel you push this little pocket it opens and reveals a rather large storage compartment so you have some additional storage in your

mclaren

beyond just the center console and whatever you can fit in your pockets and there's even more hidden storage than that because at the front of the seat bottom there is a leather storage pouch you can pull it open and then stick little items in there again adding more storage to this interior this car doesn't have a glove box
although it does have a center console storage area but still adding this additional storage helps take up some of the slack for the glove box most

mclaren

owners wouldn't mind but it's nice to have in the

luxury

mclaren

and here's another nice

luxury

touch in this interior you have sun visors of course all

mclaren

models have those but all

mclaren

models don't have sun visor mirrors because you don't need to look at yourself when you're driving a

mclaren

you already know
that you're cool but in the

luxury

mclaren

there are mirrors and they fold down separately you fold down the sun visor and then there's a second folding item that is the visor mirror and you have that on the driver's side and over on the passenger side so both the driver and passenger have their own visor mirrors so they can look at just how luxurious they are and one more

luxury

car piece in this interior is the sound system you have a bowers and wilkins sound system and you can see
on the door panels these beautiful speakers aluminum absolutely gorgeous and surrounded by additional aluminum trim fantastically beautiful sound system very luxurious which fits this car but despite all of the

luxury

additions to this car ultimately this is still a

mclaren

and it has some usual

mclaren

supercar items for example if you look in the center console you can see a launch button this

luxury

touring car has launch control you also have the little dials that allow you to change the
the 2020 mclaren gt is the 250 000 ultra luxury mclaren
drive mode and both handling and powertrain dials have t for track mode so you can go into track mode in this the

luxury

grand touring

mclaren

it's also worth noting that this car has butterfly doors which isn't exactly what you'd expect from a grand touring

luxury

car but it has them now that makes getting in and out a little bit more difficult than in your typical

luxury

car so just kind of one more item that makes me think this is more supercar than real touring car and by the way
in terms of opening those doors i already showed you how from the outside but from the inside it's pretty easy there's just this little latch in the door panel it's an electronic release you pull it the door pops open and then you have to do the rest of the work pushing it yourself from there and next up we move on to the infotainment system where you'll find an interesting

luxury

item in here there's an app marked ambiance you press it and then it pulls up your interior
lighting color choices there are six different color choices and you can see that you're allowed to choose between footwell and cockpit you can select both and then whatever color you choose is in both your footwell and your cockpit or you can just choose one for example if you only want your foot wells lit up but don't want your purple lights all over the rest of the interior you can do that you can also take both of them off and then you don't have to put up with any of these
ambient lighting colors and next up another interesting item in the infotainment system is the climate controls you go to the climate controls and the part where you direct where the air goes it's not just an image of a person but rather a person wearing a helmet i love this little detail in all

mclaren

s just a tiny little piece of attention to detail that emphasizes they're paying attention to even the small stuff i think that is a really cool touch one other item worth noting in the
climate control section of the infotainment system is the heated seats this car has heated seats and you can go into the climate controls and turn them on but the problem is that the process for turning them on is quite cumbersome you first have to push the climate button below the infotainment screen that pops up the climate controls and only then can you turn on the heated seats it really should just be a simple button like in basically every other car but given that this is probably one of

mclaren

's first attempts at heated seats i guess i'll give him a pass now in terms of the infotainment system aside from that stuff it's pretty standard nothing particularly unusual in here compared to other

mclaren

s it shares a pretty similar infotainment system reasonably responsive the only unusual thing is that it's positioned vertically like a smartphone and not horizontally like in most other cars although i have noticed more and more vertical screens in the cars i've
been testing the ford explorer the subaru outback all new volvos

mclaren

's been doing it for longer than just about anybody now next we move on from the infotainment system to the other screen in this car and that would be in the gauge cluster the gauge cluster is not as interesting in the gt as it is in some other

mclaren

models for instance it doesn't flip like other

mclaren

s do you turn on the car and it kind of flips or slides into place it doesn't do that here instead it's
just fixed it's a more regular gauge cluster but i should mention that if you put this car in track mode the gauge cluster layout will switch from a standard layout to a more track focused layout you can see it emphasizes your rpms and your gear a lot more and it de-emphasizes your speed since you're not as concerned about breaking the speed limit if you're on a race track and one other interesting item in the gauge cluster when you turn this car off you can see it shows a number of
days what exactly is that that's how many days the battery has left of charge this is actually a brilliant idea because people have

mclaren

s often have large collections and they keep their cars parked and not moving for a long period of time this will show you how many days you can do that so when you turn off your

mclaren

it says two days you know hey i better plug it in and charge the battery or maybe i'd better change the battery that's really a much better idea than the
alternative which is you don't know how many days are left you let the car sit then you get in to drive it and it has a dead battery by the way one other interesting item in this interior is the fact that you're in here with your stuff since this is the

mclaren

hatchback and the whole interior compartment is fully open but that means that if you brake really hard your stuff will probably slide forward and hit you or damage something in here there's a little bar to try to keep your
stuff in place but it's definitely something worth thinking about for instance the way i loaded the golf clubs they could easily just slide forward if you're going to load them you might actually want to turn it the other way so if you brake hard the golf clubs won't hit you while you're stopping in your

mclaren

now with that said there is a front trunk in this car like i mentioned before and it's pretty big so if you have anything that you really don't want to roll
around and smash into the interior while you're breaking you can always stick it in the front trunk and that's a nice safe place for it where none of that stuff will happen of course sticking something in the front trunk will also keep it from the prying eyes of anyone who looks into the cargo area of your

mclaren

and so those are the quirks and features of the

mclaren

gt now it's time to get it out on the road and see how it drives all right driving the

mclaren

gt now i thought this
was just going to kind of be stupid and really it was just going to be them calling a car a gt and putting a leather interior in it until i heard the exhaust note uh and it's clear that this is no ordinary

mclaren

they are trying to step it down a bit with the sport and step it up a bit with the

luxury

and that exhaust note is a clear indication of that it may still have the sporty performance of most

mclaren

models but clearly it's not intended to be the car that will wake up your
neighbors so do they actually succeed is obviously the question and creating a vehicle that does feel like a gt car a

luxury

car and the answer is yes and no this is not a mercedes sl it just isn't um it's clearly faster more exciting more thrilling uh louder mid-engine it's just not a car you're gonna

luxury

around in and just kind of relax and even going over bumps like lane line bumps you can tell it bumps it's not stuff is not just completely removed from the
consciousness um you can hear stuff you can feel stuff but with that said this is definitely a more relaxed

mclaren

i'm in sport mode right now and the exhaust is more muted than usual the interior is more comfortable than a typical

mclaren

um the last couple

mclaren

s i drove were like 600 lt p1 those things are just so rough and so rowdy and the ride is just awful and they're just a total challenge this definitely does not feel like that uh it's it does feel more luxurious more
relaxed i'm wondering does it still feel fast yeah it does but it comes on in a very different way it's actually kind of interesting the speed is not what you get from a 720s i'm surprised by that it's quick but it's it's definitely a more rational and reasonable power build it doesn't slap you in the face the 720s you for it and it's like oh my god this is a new dimension this thing not quite on that level it is actually interesting how different they've made
this from your typical

mclaren

um i was really coming into this expecting to just be like okay they wrapped it in leather called an electric car it didn't work but actually a lot of stuff about this car is different the ride is more comfortable for sure it's not as loud it is more comfortable in the interior there's obviously more cargo space and some nice luxurious touches like the bowers and wilkins and i think for a lot of

mclaren

owners if they're being totally honest with
themselves this is the one they want i talked to a guy recently at carson coffin he was like oh i'm thinking about a 600 lt and are you going to track it no i just want something cool for the road and i'm thinking you don't want a 600 lt the truth is this is what you want really i would say this is a good car and it's probably the best all-around

mclaren

you get all the performance numbers from the crazy ones it's not as expensive as a 720s not quite as fast but you know
again for most people this would do um but also you do get kind of a more luxurious and reasonable experience they've added enough

luxury

to make it a more rational car but they haven't taken out the performance um and so i actually think this ends up being a pretty good

mclaren

compromise and so that's the

mclaren

gt to me this is still more exotic sports car than true gt cars just based on the driving experience the performance numbers the sound the look but i will concede that
it's more luxurious than all the other

mclaren

s which are usually very rough riding and sporty and loud so if you're looking for a

luxury

car i don't know but if you're looking for a

luxury

mclaren

this is it and now it's time to give the gt a doug score starting with the weekend categories and styling the

mclaren

gt is a handsome car a bit derivative but still nice looking and it gets a 7 out of 10. acceleration

mclaren

says 0 to 60 is 3.3 seconds and it gets a 9 out of 10.
handling is pretty sharp especially for a supposed

luxury

car and it gets an 8 out of 10. fun factor is good not quite on the level of the 720s or the 600 lt but still highly enjoyable and it gets an 8 out of 10. finally cool factor and

mclaren

s are cool but of course this doesn't have the head turning wow factor of the p1 or the 720s and it gets a 7 out of 10 for a total weekend score of 39 out of 50. next up are the daily categories and features the gt is reasonably well equipped and it
gets a 6 out of 10. comfort is better than most other mid engine cars and it gets a 5 out of 10. quality is good the interior quality is fantastic but we're all a little worried about

mclaren

reliability still it gets a 7 out of 10. practicality is a tough one this car has a lot of cargo space but only two seats still i'm gonna be nice and give it a 4 out of 10 rewarding it for having a lot more room to put stuff even if other cars with that score have more room to put people finally
value this is a reasonably priced car given the performance but it's likely to depreciate more than other

mclaren

s it gets a 6 out of 10 for a total daily score of 28 out of 50. added up and the doug score is 67 out of 100 and here's where it falls against a lot of other modern exotics and gt cars no surprise the

mclaren

gt has a higher daily score than the 720s but a lower weekend score same deal with the gt versus the 600 lt this is a good car for people who want

mclaren

fun without
getting smashed around by stiff suspension you