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Now, while the McLaren part of the name says it's a car for drivers, the GT part of the name says it's going to spend time passing between average-speed limits and stuck on long motorway hauls, not to mention driving at night. For those jobs, people may reasonably want want adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive emergency braking. Maybe lane-departure warning and matrix LED headlights. This GT can't provide any of them.

Mind, it comes with a three-year warranty, and you can option that all the way out to 12 years. Service intervals are 10,000 miles. See, it can do ‘sensible’.

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But it doesn't really do ‘cheap’, though the £163,000 starting price sounds good given the performance. And helpfully a 2021 model year update has collected together a number of the desirable extras into no-cost options packs. A lot of what we've mentioned in the test (powered seats, B&W stereo, reversing camera, luggage retention, machined aluminium cabin trim) falls into these £0 options. Beyond that comes the tempting expense of MSO customisation, of course...

Fuel consumption is a claimed 23.7mpg (while CO2 emissions are 270g/km). You might well manage that on a long trip, though use it hard on a mountain pass and of course the thirst will double. The 72-litre tank is only just enough for proper GT-ing. But then swish as all its materials are, you might be needing a stretch of your legs sooner than the fuel light pings anyway.

With the GT now a couple of years old, second-hand examples are swelling in number. The entry point as we write (the end of 2021) is around £130,000, and only one of the dozen cars in the classifieds has crossed the 10,000-mile threshold. Which is either a sign people are using these as their urban everyday transport rather than a fully fledged GT car, or that the two years of global doom since the GT’s launch has stymied any lengthy foreign adventures in the car.

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