After some small talk with the PR and salesman, a signature on something or other (I was a little distracted) and agreement the term was six months and/or 8,000 miles off came the sheet. And if not an immediate, between the eyes 'wow!' like the bright orange S I'd driven a few months previously I was relieved at what I had before me. As promised Ice Silver is a 'complex' colour, the metallic flakes large and 'floating' in the paint and seemingly reflecting whatever light there is on them. So under the showroom lights there was a golden shimmer; out in daylight it looks more blue, especially in evening light. And against the contrasting Stealth wheels, black-tipped exhausts and Dark Palladium bumpers, intakes and trim I think it works.
in S or GT - is the best looking McLaren to date, and I include the 720S in that. I guess I would say that and all but the proportions are fundamentally spot on; super sleek and delicately detailed with some lovely sweeps and curves. But this is a McLaren, so there's some technical intrigue in there too, be that the 'tendons' on the door to the floating panels behind the front wheels. If there's a bad angle on it I'm yet to find it. Even the view in the mirror over the door and into the top of the side intakes is good.
'Boring' colour or not, the GT absolutely does not struggle in the head-turning stakes either. I've noticed this in McLarens before but, for whatever reason, the response seems to be overwhelmingly enthusiastic too. Drive a Ferrari and you get adulation and hatred in equal measure, the latter very clearly expressed by those who feel it. Apparently not so in a McLaren and I enjoyed the attention in the orange S. I'm intrigued to see if the novelty and my enthusiasm for sharing it wears off as the months go by. I rather hope not.
But what's it like?
First impression is that I love the airiness of the cabin. The glass roof, the low front scuttle and the slim pillars all make you feel like you're in a fighter jet and the peripheral vision is hugely confidence inspiring. Even my four-year-old in his booster seat has a clear view of the road ahead! This is very much a McLaren 'thing' of course, and something the 720S picks up and runs with.
For all the ingenuity it's a very simple car too, another McLaren trait I like. The steering wheel doesn't have any buttons on it, the settings for 'handling' and 'powertrain' are straightforward and don't lead to the kind of 'mode anxiety' you get in a 911 Turbo or R8. The focus is very much on the fundamentals like control weights and feedback, not contrived 'dressing' on top.
The amount of steering feedback will shock those coming from those cars, likewise the pressure you need to put through the brake pedal. I've gone for the standard steel discs, reckoning the modulation will be preferable in daily commuting against the bite of ceramics. McLaren does the latter well but anything to make day-to-day stuff more relaxing speaks to the GT remit in my book. And the power is there but you do need to give them a proper shove. Again, it's a McLaren thing and inspired by the fact many of the team drive old racing cars and like the feel of a traditional, unservoed brake.
Three days and 500 miles in these are the things I'm fixated upon for now. I'm sure the more regular stuff like 'does the nav work' and 'can I fit the shopping in' will become more of interest as I settle into using it as my daily. As it stands I'm still fully immersed in the 'I've got a supercar' wonder and not in any rush for that to wear off.
I think I like the colour too.
Car: McLaren 570GT
Run by: Dan
On fleet since: April
List price new: £178,735 (Basic list price of £155,755, plus Elite Ice Silver paint £3,490, Super-Lightweight Forged wheels in Stealth £3,490 + £1,110, red brake calipers £900, Rocket Red badge set, Vehicle Tracking System £630, Sports Exhaust £3,240, Luxury Design 2 package in Saddle Tan and Carbon Black from By McLaren Designer Interiors £2,520, Carbon Fibre Interior Pack £2,500, GT Upgrade Pack £5,020, first aid kit and warning triangle £60)
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