TG Speed Week: the Scotland Showdown
We’ve got two days in Scotland to reach a definitive verdict on our favourite performance car. Time to loch and load...
Posted: 31 Aug 2012
SP: The brakes are a bit strange. The rest of the McLaren eschews the supercar clichés of a pig-headed, steroid-pumped brute - the steering is light and easy, the engine more technological masterpiece than an unreconstructed petrol-gargler - but its brakes felt a bit old-school to me.
OM: They're one of the few things McLaren has got wrong. You put a bit of pressure on and get a bit of braking, but press a bit further and suddenly you get a lot of braking, which makes slowing jerky and a bit frustrating if you're trying to drive smoothly with a... distinguished guest on board.
SP: Come on, Marriage. Tell the ladies and gentlemen who you took for a ride in the McLaren.
OM: Best not. Can I just say he has a, er, role in local affairs?
SP: And how fast did you go?
OM: I'm not at liberty to divulge that information. But I can say that, at pace, the McLaren rides with uncanny poise. That blast along the A861 beside Loch Ailort was one of the very best drives I've ever had. What a road. What a car. OK, so the McLaren's doors need a bit of a bang, and the touch-sensitive door ‘handles' are temperamental, and - though it's less muted than the car we drove last year - the noise is still just noise, without real tone and shape. Minor gripes. The McLaren is the all-round supercar, and it's getting better every year.