McLaren GT | PH Video

The McLaren GT works well on paper. The market for fast, luxurious Grand Tourers is several times larger than the one for supercars. That makes it an appealing area of growth for McLaren - a company which has resolved to not enter the SUV market. All that it needed was a car to fit the luggage-carrying, continent-crossing mould. That, in a nutshell, is the new GT.Β 

Overcoming the virtues of the similarly badged Bentley is high on the new model’s to-do list. The two-door Continental is not just Crewe's biggest-selling car, but also the tip of its spear when it comes to brand desirability. All that makes the Bentley way brilliant, is contained within.Β 

Things were never going to be so clear cut for McLaren’s GT. It looks like a supercar, and is built upon the platform of one. It also powered by a turbocharged V8 that Woking always intended to drive a supercar. Its maker says that it has tweaked all these variables to make them Grand Tourer appropriate. We sent Dan P along to the south of France to grade its success...

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  • GhellopeSir 21 Sep 2019

    Gahhh please stop with the place names.

    I live in Woking. Woking definitely didn't have anything to do with this car. McLaren made this car and are based in Woking.

    Stylistic, sure, but PH posts are saturated with this to the point where it has actually become annoying to read.

    What if they change premises? spin

  • Maldini35 21 Sep 2019

    This feels like a very different review compared to his written piece.

    The issue seems to be more that Dan wants McLaren to build track-sharp weapons like the LT rather than something softer and more road focussed.

    It’s a different kind of car for sure but he must have known that before he sat in it.
    Fair enough if it’s not for him but his criticism seems to be based on personal prejudice regarding what he feels McLaren should be making.

    It’s not as sharp as an LT but it’s not meant to be given the intended use. Dan does concede this point many times but seems to keep coming back to it - effectively going around in circles.

    Ultimately it’s hard to know if he thinks it succeeds in the brief of being a different kind of GT when he closes by saying he’d prefer the rabid 600LT.

    It’s like reviewing a DB11 and finishing by saying he’d prefer a Caterham.

    Perhaps journos are too detached from the real world with all the exotic stuff they get to drive?

    It would be great to get a group of real people (no offence Dan smile ) both owners of traditional GT’s and prospective GT owners to give their verdict.

    At present it’s hard to tell if this car hits the spot.

    Edited by Maldini35 on Saturday 21st September 13:04

    Edited by Maldini35 on Saturday 21st September 13:06

  • BOR 21 Sep 2019

    I enjoyed that. Nice camera work, nice review.

    Car was less expensive than I imagined for some reason.

  • sdiggle 21 Sep 2019

    Nice video. Not the same car throughout however....unless you were swapping reg plates.

  • GranCab 21 Sep 2019

    Rather pointless review ... conclusion - it's not as sharp as other McLarens ... no st Sherlock banghead

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