McLaren 570 GT
st ¼ mile: 10.78secs @ 137.3mph
McLarens are fast. Almost always as fast if not faster than they claim. The reason here is simple. The 570 GT is less of an outright sports car than the 570S, so on paper it can’t be as fast. In reality the GT is every bit as fast. Every 570 we’ve ever figured has returned times within hundredths of a second of every other. And then there’s the 540C – that was only 0.22secs behind to 100mph.
But I digress. I might have had a go at the McLaren’s lag and plain engine note in the group test, but when you activate launch, listen to the turbo pressure build and then let it fly, it really, really flies. Only third fastest to 30mph maybe, but the comparatively light McLaren (144kg lighter than the AMG), has the best power to weight ratio (378bhp/tonne) and piles through speed in a way nothing here can match.
You might remember the Vantage went from 30-130mph in 12 seconds exactly. The McLaren did it in eight seconds exactly. Eight. Four whole seconds sooner, almost a second and a half ahead of the AMG GT R, too. It’s bonkers, as fast to 130mph from a standing start as a Ferrari 488GTB (in fact almost identically fast across the board).
Easily the fastest of our four, then. But as we said in the group test, these weren’t dead-on rivals, the McLaren 570GT costing a chunk more than the Aston. And speed alone is no way to judge the strength of a car. But when they claim near identical times and the actual results are so different, it makes for interesting reading though, no?