Read everything we have to say about the 2020 McLaren GT, and see the McLaren GT configurator to spec your own, although prices for individual options and choices are not listed; you’ll have to get those from your McLaren dealer.
The 2020 McLaren GT is the British supercar maker’s first foray into the ultraluxury grand touring segment that’s currently dominated by the Bentley Continental GT and the Aston Martin DB11. The GT is powered by McLaren’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, which produces 612 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, and it’s paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. But is the new GT the best car from McLaren to daily drive and take on long road trips across the country? A few C/D editors went over to the McLaren configurator to spec their very own McLaren grand tourer. Now it’s up to you decide which editor’s spec you think is best.
Connor Hoffman’s $256,695 Ludus Blue 2020 McLaren GT
I selected the Luxe specification so that I get things like power seats with memory and a power steering wheel while getting more interior color choices—the Pioneer specification only has two. It’s a GT car, for Pete’s sake; who in their right mind would settle for manually adjustable seats and steering column? Choosing a color might have been the hardest part. There are so many good blues: Pacific, Kyanos Blue, and Ludus Blue. After a close battle with Pacific, I opted for the lighter Ludus Blue. I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa. I stayed with the seven-spoke alloy wheels because they’re super fresh and went with polished iron brake calipers. Inside, I opted for the Vintage Tan leather with the $2500 MSO carbon-fiber interior components and MSO extended carbon-fiber sill finishers, a $4500 option. This way, I get a carbon-fiber steering wheel and paddle shifters. And, because it’s a GT car, I selected the $5500 Premium Pack, which includes a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker audio system and LED headlights. — Connor Hoffman
Tony Quiroga’s $261,755 Sarthe Grey 2020 McLaren GT
Since the McLaren GT is supposed to be more about luxury than peacocking, I’m going with the subdued Sarthe Grey for $7500, a color that mixes a mellow gray with a bit of green. Since a British sports car should have a tan interior, I’d splurge for the Vintage Tan Luxe interior, which adds a warm and saddle-colored interior replete with leather for $9500. I think the $60 ashtray option adds an additional 12-volt outlet, so even though I don’t smoke, I’ll take that. I believe that interior forces you into the $5500 Premium Pack that adds LED headlights, power opening and closing hatch, and a Bowers & Wilkins audio system. In this theoretical exercise, $6500 doesn’t seem like much to me, so I’m getting the carbon-ceramic rotors with polished calipers. Setting off the look are the 15-spoke silver wheels. To keep the sun from baking me, I’d opt for the darkly tinted glass roof for $950 to avoid the fussy and more expensive $6000 electrochromic dimmed glass. Finally, I’d get the cargo strap for $500 because I’ll undoubtedly have precious cargo on board. — Tony Quiroga
Maxwell Mortimer’s $248,695 Amethyst Black 2020 McLaren GT
I decided to opt for the standard interior package because I wanted my car to be without frills, and admittedly, I strongly dislike McLaren’s electric seat controls. The subtlety continues on to the exterior of the car where—instead of opting for the extroverted Lantana Purple—I went with the staid elegance of the Amethyst Black, a $7500 option that pops a deep, sparkling plum hue in direct sunlight. The standard seven-spoke alloy wheels stick out like a sore thumb on such a dark-colored car, so I decided to go with the all black 15-spoke wheels ($5000), which add to the under-the-radar looks. In my quest to option the car in a minimalistic manner, I tried to add only the bare necessities (except the carbon fiber, I couldn’t help myself). The MSO Gloss Carbon Fibre Pack—while quite pricey at $19,500—fits the front splitter, rear lower bumper, rear diffuser, and side mirror caps with carbon fiber and accents the car nicely. The practicality package adds front axle lift, a backup camera, and a few other everyday niceties. Finally, I selected the Satin Black Finish Sports Exhaust ($3500) so that the exhaust note would match the sinister looks. — Maxwell B. Mortimer
Mihir Maddireddy’s $267,845 Helios Orange 2020 McLaren GT
Rather than sticking to the script of my peers who have gone the more luxurious and classical route, I’m going to make my McLaren GT as offensive to the art of grand touring as possible. I’d start with the exterior, painting my GT the way a McLaren should be painted: in orange. My pick is Helios Orange, which costs $7500. I’d pair it with the black-painted 15-spoke wheels at a price of $4200. I’d make sure to tick the carbon-ceramic brakes box and paint the calipers in Azores while I’m at it, which takes another $6500 out of my pocket. I’d round out the exterior with the MSO Gloss Carbon Fibre Pack for $19,500, and the Sports Exhaust for $3,500 because I want this car to be loud, both visually and audibly. Moving inside, I’d spring for the Pioneer interior in Jet Black, because it comes with Alcantara and Barolo contrast stitching for $9,500. Also included in my interior selections are the MSO Carbon Interior Components, which adds more carbon fiber to the interior of the car for just $2500. Altogether, my McLaren GT would cost $267,845 and be my entrance into any grand tourers’ club. — Mihir Maddireddy