This is why the 2022 GT is currently the best McLaren

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It seems like the car market as a whole is moving upstream these days. This means that customers are increasingly demanding luxury and performance vehicles. There are different levels of luxury and some are not as saturated as others. In the case of supercars, volume has always been relatively low, yet sales have increased recently as demand has increased.

As the desire for supercars has increased. Exotic brands have diversified their portfolio with new versions of supercars such as a Lamborghini Urus or the upcoming Ferrari PurosangueMcLaren has also expanded the size of their range with a variety of supercars for buyers to choose from. They’ve done this relatively quickly too, judging by the fact that 10 years ago they only had one vehicle in their lineup – the MP4-12C.

Now that there are a myriad of McLarens to choose from, the question begging to be answered is: which one is the best McLaren overall? Sure, there are the extremely rare and expensive options like the Elva and Speedtail, but while they’re at the top of the McLaren hierarchy, they don’t excel in usability and in some cases aren’t even road legal.

On the other hand, we have the 2022 McLaren GT. It gives an exceptional blend of luxury, practicality and performance.

Here’s what you need to know about what makes the 2022 GT the best McLaren you can buy right now.

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The 2022 McLaren GT is a Grand Tourer that doesn’t lack performance

Supposedly McLaren gave the GT its name because it is intended to become more of a grand tourer in the supercar world. This isn’t the first time they’ve gone for a Grand Tourer approach either. In 2017 McLaren released the 570GT, a Grand Tourer version of the entry-level 570S. It brought more functionality and luxury to the 570 series by giving it actual usable trunk space and flashier rims. These kinds of items have not been left out for the GT either. It offers those grand tourer details, along with an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system and glass roof.

From the outside of the GT you can also see how McLaren has tried to style it differently from its other vehicles, which tend to have a rather busy design. In contrast, the GT has many rounded corners and smooth lines. It gives a more polished look, adding to its initial credibility as a valuable Grand Tourer.

Even with all the extra luxuries and amenities the 2022 GT has, it’s no slouch when it comes to performance. After all, it’s still a supercar at heart – that heart is a 4.0-litre V8 with twin turbo. This powertrain is rated at 612 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. With numbers like that, the graceful McLaren can still shoot from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds.

By comparison, the performance-oriented McLaren 720S does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. While the GT is slightly slower than the 720S, it’s still an impressive number, as the GT hasn’t gone through the aerodynamic and weight-saving extremes that McLarens like the 720S have.

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The GT gives you everyday driving qualities that other supercars don’t have

What’s the fun of a supercar if you’re not driving it? Or if it can sometimes be difficult to drive? Despite not being the most performance oriented McLaren out there, the GT delivers the best at delivering great performance while still being able to be an everyday driver due to its more tame demeanor. The GT is the supercar that is meant to be driven.

It can corner at high speeds without sacrificing uncomfortable seats or giving up fancy features for the sake of weight. While it’s still a capable supercar, the 2022 GT still has enough understated styling that it doesn’t stand out as much as other supercars that some may like if they drive it around more often than the normal supercar owner.

McLaren made the 2022 GT a standout in their range by combining all the right qualities. You don’t have to make the sacrifices you normally would if you own a supercar. You can get a quiet and compliant ride while still having more than enough power to put a smile on your face.

For years, sacrifice was the name of the game for supercars because of what you have to give up to get high performance figures and exotic looks. Fortunately, the 2022 McLaren GT has shown that we don’t have to make as many concessions as we initially thought.