How Does the 2021 McLaren GT Compare to the Brand’s First Production Car?

The 2021 McLaren GT is one of the latest and greatest supercars to hit the market, offering modern styling, feature, technology, and performance that is almost too good to believe. It’s a comfortable option enough for those to chose it as its daily driver, and it does well to improve on previous McLaren cars, adding fine tunings and changes that make the car worth buying at its six-figure sales price. Only a decade has passed since the McLaren MP4-12C was brought into production, and if the new McLaren GT has done anything right, it’s refining on the formulaic design and engineering of their vehicles rather than making dramatic changes.

McLaren’s first production car

McLaren MP4-12C
McLaren MP4-12C | Oli Scarff, Getty Images

While McLaren has been on the map in the automotive scene for decades, partially because of its extensive history and racing prestige, it didn’t develop its first full-scale production car until the early 2000s. Before the McLaren MP4-12C, McLaren’s first official supercar, there was the hyper exclusive, incredibly rare, and valuable McLaren F1 hypercar. The McLaren F1 is a $20 million hypercar that showed off the brand’s prowess and ability to bring their racing heritage to the streets — and it’s even featured in the latest season of CarTrek on YouTube. While the F1 was a fantastic car, it was the McLaren MP4-12C that put the brand on the map for consumers who couldn’t quite spend hypercar money but still wanted to invest in a supercar that offered a balanced driving experience with luxury and performance.

The 2021 McLaren GT

The 2021 McLaren GT is one of the newest supercars from the brand, and as a GT car is certainly doesn’t disappoint. Its comfortable, sophisticated interior is laden with tech and somehow manages to balance a futuristically modern look with high-quality materials and obvious indulgences in tech. Power and performance-wise, it compares directly to the McLaren MP4-12C — both handling like high horsepower Lotus. The 2021 McLaren GT takes all of the great aspects from the McLaren MP4-12C and improves upon them, as well as addresses any issues or downfalls of the car — like how the MP4-12C doesn’t have BlueTooth music standard. Overall, the 2021 McLaren GT is like a more refined version of the MP4-12C.

What the stats show about the McLaren GT and MP4-12C


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Besides personal preference and experience, the easiest way to compare the car is by the numbers — and luckily for us, there is plenty to compare between the 2021 McLaren GT and the MP4-12C. The biggest difference between the vehicles is the original MSRP, but, as an older, used supercar, the price of the McLaren MP4-12C is significantly lower — and, if you’re determined, you can even buy a wrecked McLaren and rebuild it. Otherwise, these supercars go toe-to-toe in terms of performance, and they have the stats to prove it.

McLaren MP4-12C2021 McLaren GT
Original MSRP$233,500 – $303,690$213,195 – $256,125
Engine3.8L twin-turbo V84.0L twin-turbo V8
Horsepower616 hp @ 7,500 rpms612 hp @ 7,500 rpms
1/4 Mile10.7 seconds10.7 seconds
0 – 60 mph2.9 seconds2.8 seconds
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