McLaren’s portfolio of pulse-pounding exotic sports cars needed a luxury model with more creature comforts: Enter the 2022 McLaren GT. While it still offers unbelievable athleticism and eye-flattening acceleration, the GT pampers its occupants with rich leather upholstery, a top-notch audio system, and additional space for luggage and cargo that’s uncommon for its breed. Despite the name, the GT isn’t a true grand-touring coupe the likes of the Aston Martin DB11 or the Bentley Continental GT, but its performance-focused demeanor makes it a worthy competitor for the Porsche 911 GT3 and the new Maserati MC20. Unfortunately, its six-figure price tag means only those with deeply lined pockets can afford such a comparison.
What’s New for 2022?
McLaren has made no changes to the GT for 2022, so it rolls into the new model year the same as it ever was.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
McLaren sells the GT in a single trim level decked out with enough amenities to please the typical buyer in this class. The car boasts a staggered wheel layout, with 20-inch rims in the front and 21-inch rims in the rear. All models are equipped with LED headlamps. The lights come with rain and light sensors as well as sequential LED indicators. In back, a fixed rear wing sits above slim LED taillights, a large rear diffuser, and sizable exhaust tailpipes. Within the cabin, you’ll find standard equipment such as leather upholstery and knurled-aluminum controls. Every GT coupe comes with tech features such as navigation as well as driver assists such as a backup camera. McLaren offers a long list of options for the GT, including an upgraded sound system and rear privacy glass.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
McLaren fits the GT with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that generates 612 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. As you’d expect from a vehicle wearing the McLaren nameplate, blazing acceleration is one of the GT’s many performance strengths. The company claims that the coupe sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, but we haven’t had one to test to verify that claim. The car comes with launch control and features that work to optimize acceleration from a standing start. The car’s ride quality is comfortable enough to make it a pleasant choice for every-day driving, and the GT offers a selection of driving modes that allow you to customize the car’s handling to your desires.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to McLaren, the GT achieves mileage of 15/22 mpg city/highway. That puts it behind Aston’s DB11, a rival with fuel economy that comes in at as high as 18/24 mpg. For more information about the GT’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
This McLaren is accessed via dihedral doors, a feature that’s unusual among grand tourers. Relative to the other models in this class, the GT has a disadvantage when it comes to passenger capacity. While most models in this segment seat four or more passengers, this coupe accommodates just two. The cabin is more deluxe than that of the typical McLaren, with ample use of supple hide. Nappa leather upholstery is standard, and options such as cashmere and microfiber are offered. An optional panoramic glass roof lets natural light into the cabin. The glass roof is available with an electrochromatic feature that allows it to switch from opaque to varying levels of transparency at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, luxury features such as massaging and ventilated front seats—commonly offered by other picks in this class—aren’t available on this McLaren. The GT offers cargo capacity that’s generous for this class. In back, there’s a rear luggage bay that offers 15 cubic feet of stowage. There’s also a front trunk offering an additional 5 cubic feet, bringing total cargo capacity to 20 cubic feet. With a rival such as the DB11, you get only 9 cubic feet of room for your gear. Keep in mind, though, that due to the placement of the engine, the GT’s rear cargo area gets very hot. A laptop stored there was warm enough to cause concern after a drive.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The GT’s lineup of tech features includes a 7.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen, and the automaker says its graphics were inspired by those used on private jets. SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation are standard as well as a four-speaker sound system. A 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system is optional.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Unfortunately, driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning aren’t offered with the GT. For more information about the GT’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
McLaren’s limited and powertrain warranty coverage is identical to the protection offered by rivals such as Aston Martin and Bentley.
- Limited warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance