The truth about buying a McLaren?

The truth about buying a McLaren?

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Brooking10

8,833 posts

93 months

Wednesday 1st January
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AndrewD said:
Brooking10 said:
Robbo66 said:
RSbandit said:
AndrewD that's a pretty stunning collection of cars you have in your garage...nice work!
Please don’t tell him that biggrin
He's heard it many times before.....and rightly so.

Yours is not too shabby either smile
Many thanks for the kind words smile

Today I added this - picking up in a little over a week, can’t wait!

I picked mine up on Sunday.

I think you are going to love it smile



AndrewD

7,029 posts

236 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Brooking10 said:
AndrewD said:
Brooking10 said:
Robbo66 said:
RSbandit said:
AndrewD that's a pretty stunning collection of cars you have in your garage...nice work!
Please don’t tell him that biggrin
He's heard it many times before.....and rightly so.

Yours is not too shabby either smile
Many thanks for the kind words smile

Today I added this - picking up in a little over a week, can’t wait!

I picked mine up on Sunday.

I think you are going to love it smile


That looks mega! Congrats. So early impressions?

RSbandit

985 posts

84 months

Wednesday 1st January
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V nice new additions guys...Happy new year!

Brooking10

8,833 posts

93 months

Wednesday 1st January
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AndrewD said:
That looks mega! Congrats. So early impressions?
Very positive.

My frame of reference is not as extensive as yours but it feels like a very communicative car. Not as fast but more accessibly enjoyable than a 720S and very much lends a lie to the suggestion earlier that McLarens are somewhat inert. It feels quite a bit tighter than the 570S I had before, and the noise, enhanced by the access as a result of the Spier top/window, is the best I have heard by some margin from a factory Sport or Super Series car. I think we ate going to be very happy together smile

You bought from Hatfield too by the look of it. They impressed throughout as a easy and straightforward people to deal with.

jayemm89

2,563 posts

82 months

Wednesday 1st January
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In Britain, as a road car, very little comes close to being as capable as the 600LT without being massively compromised in some way.

If they put the glove box back in, it'd be nearly perfect.

12pack

1,010 posts

120 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Brooking10 said:
I picked mine up on Sunday.

I think you are going to love it smile


The truth about buying a McLaren? This photo says a thousand words.
Congrats!

Desert Dragon

680 posts

36 months

Wednesday 1st January
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jayemm89 said:
In Britain, as a road car, very little comes close to being as capable as the 600LT without being massively compromised in some way.

If they put the glove box back in, it'd be nearly perfect.
Really? Intuitively you'd think with our cold, wet and leafy roads a 600LT really not that capable against anything with awd and similar horsepower like a 911 turbo but would it even see which way something like a mapped Golf R went?

As soon as you're at 350bhp and 350ft/lbs + for rwd mid engined sports cars traction an issue. 600LT trying to put 600bhp fine on a smooth circuit on a lovely summer day but more difficult on morning like today.

I was out for blast for a few hours today. Even with awd was slipping and sliding a fair bit in the current conditions in a 911 turbo. Irony is in this type of winter weather a 911 turbo actually more useable and more fun. How often do we get perfect conditions for the 600LT to operate in? I'm pretty sure a 600LT owner would be in hedge if he was out for a morning blast with us today. Roads were quite treacherous today early morning and by our standards the weather is really quite mild at the moment.

Brooking10

8,833 posts

93 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Desert Dragon said:
Really? Intuitively you'd think with our cold, wet and leafy roads a 600LT really not that capable against anything with awd and similar horsepower like a 911 turbo but even see which way something like a mapped Golf R went?

As soon as you're at 350bhp and 350ft/lbs + for rwd mid engined sports cars traction an issue. 600LT trying to put 600bhp fine on a smooth circuit on a lovely summer day but more difficult on morning like today.

I was out for blast for a few hours today. Even with awd was slipping and sliding a fair bit in the current conditions in a 911 turbo. Irony is in this type of winter weather a 911 turbo actually more useable and more fun. How often do we get perfect conditions for the 600LT to operate in? I'm pretty sure a 600LT owner would be in hedge if he was out for a morning blast with us today. Roads were quite treacherous today early morning and by our standards the weather is really quite mild at the moment.
But I reckon I know who would be having most fun wink

Desert Dragon

680 posts

36 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Brooking10 said:
Desert Dragon said:
Really? Intuitively you'd think with our cold, wet and leafy roads a 600LT really not that capable against anything with awd and similar horsepower like a 911 turbo but even see which way something like a mapped Golf R went?

As soon as you're at 350bhp and 350ft/lbs + for rwd mid engined sports cars traction an issue. 600LT trying to put 600bhp fine on a smooth circuit on a lovely summer day but more difficult on morning like today.

I was out for blast for a few hours today. Even with awd was slipping and sliding a fair bit in the current conditions in a 911 turbo. Irony is in this type of winter weather a 911 turbo actually more useable and more fun. How often do we get perfect conditions for the 600LT to operate in? I'm pretty sure a 600LT owner would be in hedge if he was out for a morning blast with us today. Roads were quite treacherous today early morning and by our standards the weather is really quite mild at the moment.
But I reckon I know who would be having most fun wink
Yes I can imagine the 600 LT owner getting out with very sweaty palms after morning blast on a day like today hehe


12pack

1,010 posts

120 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Not a 600LT, just a 650s, but no issue with traction with a progressive right foot. On a greasy road, I generally use 3rd when I come on the power, letting the boost build before I squeeze down. The suspension allows you to rock back onto the rears for traction. Certainly a lot stronger than a previous AWD Gallardo.

Matty3

441 posts

36 months

Wednesday 1st January
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AndrewD said:
Brooking10 said:
Robbo66 said:
RSbandit said:
AndrewD that's a pretty stunning collection of cars you have in your garage...nice work!
Please don’t tell him that biggrin
He's heard it many times before.....and rightly so.

Yours is not too shabby either smile
Many thanks for the kind words smile

Today I added this - picking up in a little over a week, can’t wait!

That looks the absolute business! - big congrats - a perfect start to 2020.

Please post on up your impressions - good or/and bad smile

klan8456

174 posts

27 months

Wednesday 1st January
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I don’t own a McLaren, and based on this thread it seems it will stay that way forever (no manual gearbox either, so not for me)

That said, are these dealers owned by McLaren HQ, or are they independent?

Crazy4557

346 posts

146 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Desert Dragon said:
Really? Intuitively you'd think with our cold, wet and leafy roads a 600LT really not that capable against anything with awd and similar horsepower like a 911 turbo but would it even see which way something like a mapped Golf R went?

As soon as you're at 350bhp and 350ft/lbs + for rwd mid engined sports cars traction an issue. 600LT trying to put 600bhp fine on a smooth circuit on a lovely summer day but more difficult on morning like today.

I was out for blast for a few hours today. Even with awd was slipping and sliding a fair bit in the current conditions in a 911 turbo. Irony is in this type of winter weather a 911 turbo actually more useable and more fun. How often do we get perfect conditions for the 600LT to operate in? I'm pretty sure a 600LT owner would be in hedge if he was out for a morning blast with us today. Roads were quite treacherous today early morning and by our standards the weather is really quite mild at the moment.
Not sure how your driving style is but I've been out in an 600LT on a hoon with 6 other Macs this morning and we weren't hanging about. Mainly fast traffic free B Roads that were greasy and wet in places and at no time did I feel there was a traction issue let alone sweaty palms. I'm no driving god but this car doesn't have traction issues that are worthy of mention even giving it the beans in these conditions.

isaldiri

5,632 posts

120 months

Wednesday 1st January
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AndrewD said:
Today I added this - picking up in a little over a week, can’t wait!

Curious choice of car surely given you have been quite vocal about most modern sports cars excluding I suppose the 991 GT cars you have had despite their huge number of ECUs (and about Mclaren in particular) where the computers make up far too much of the driving experience?

andrew

8,943 posts

144 months

Wednesday 1st January
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isaldiri said:
AndrewD said:
Today I added this - picking up in a little over a week, can’t wait!

Curious choice of car surely given you have been quite vocal about most modern sports cars excluding I suppose the 991 GT cars you have had despite their huge number of ECUs (and about Mclaren in particular) where the computers make up far too much of the driving experience?
mid life crisis rolleyes

Brooking10

8,833 posts

93 months

Wednesday 1st January
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klan8456 said:
I don’t own a McLaren, and based on this thread it seems it will stay that way forever (no manual gearbox either, so not for me)

That said, are these dealers owned by McLaren HQ, or are they independent?
The dealer in question is owned by Sytner.

A number of people, myself included, will tell you that dealers owned by different groups have provided a far better experience than that outlined in JayEmms video.

McLaren don’t have many dealerships.

London and Ascot are owned by Jardine

Manchester is Sytner

Birmingham and Bristol by Rybrook

Leeds and Glasgow by Parks

Hatfield by Grange/Cambria

New Forest by Harwoods.

My dealings with Hatfield (1 car from new) and Glasgow (2 cars from new) I’m no way reflect the story as told in relation to Manchester.

RSbandit

985 posts

84 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Are any of you guys based in East London or London borders of Essex or Kent? .keen to get out for a drive when I’m back from hols but would be fun if could meet up with some other owners in that general area.

RSbandit

985 posts

84 months

Wednesday 1st January
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Also is everyone a member of the Mcl UK owners club ? That worthwhile joining ?

123RY

31 posts

32 months

Wednesday 1st January
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RSbandit said:
Are any of you guys based in East London or London borders of Essex or Kent? .keen to get out for a drive when I’m back from hols but would be fun if could meet up with some other owners in that general area.
I'm North Essex but willing to travel a little to join another mac for a jolly! Where do you usually go for a drive?

CoolHands

10,608 posts

147 months

Wednesday 1st January
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So being nosey for a minute, brroking have you lost somewhere approaching a hundred grand a piece on each of those 3 McLaren you bought new? As is often reported. How do you deal with the huge depreciation of them? FWIW I like the McLarens, I’m surprised the quality isn’t top notch from what’s reported. Like the colour of your latest one.

Edit I’ve just read other 600lt thread, you effectively use finance to pay ie a deposit and pay monthly, so not quite the same as buying it outright then selling later.

Edited by CoolHands on Wednesday 1st January 17:19