Bridging the gap
Report 6 McLaren 570GT £154,000 OTR/ £199,485 as tested
It’s not a GT, this. Well, not compared to the DB11 that’s been my usual commuting companion for the past few months. That does long-legged luxury very well indeed. This is for shorter sprints.
So Charlie Turner and I have swapped cars for a while before we get together to have a discussion (i.e. argument) about whose car is better. I think the McLaren is more ‘me’ than the Aston, but, as a daily driver, it’s not as slick. The Aston’s relaxed athleticism won me over, the McLaren is more work, more of the time. It constantly bombards you with information, y’know, like a proper sports car. Which is, despite the side-hinged tailgate, what this is.
The glass roof means the cabin is light and airy, and I love the way it looks, but otherwise I don’t think McLaren has gone far enough to distance 570GT from 570S. I’d like more cosseting seats, a cultured engine note, softer suspension, more sound deadening and a genuinely useful luggage bay (a suit bag is about the only thing you can put on the back deck).
I know some of this is difcult, if not impossible, to achieve. But it does show that the traditional grand tourer still has relevance. That said, the McLaren has better visibility and is easier around town. Apart from speed bumps (you need nose lift a LOT). The trouble is, I keep seeing the 570GT as a slightly inferior-driving 570S rather than a standalone model - the separation isn’t wide enough. Given a straight choice between this and the Aston, which one would I have? Tune in next time.
A suit bag, but not milk carton, can fit on the back deck...