2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 McLaren 720S

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The GT has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 720S doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the GT and the 720S have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

There are almost 159 times as many Ford dealers as there are McLaren dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT’s warranty.

Reliability

The 720S’ redline is at 8500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The GT has a 7000 RPM redline.

The GT has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The 720S doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Brakes and Stopping

The GT stops shorter than the 720S:

 

GT

720S

 

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

149 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the 720S (325/30R20 vs. 305/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch front wheels are available on the 720S.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the 720S (106.7 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the 720S.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the 720S Coupe pulls only 1.09 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The GT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 720S doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The GT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 720S does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the GT’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 720S can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the GT has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The 720S doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the GT allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The 720S doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

With standard voice command, the GT offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The 720S doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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