2020 Ford GT vs. 2019 McLaren Senna

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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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 Senna doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the GT and the Senna have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty

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There are over 121 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

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The Senna’s redline is at 8000 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 Senna doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The GT has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Senna doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the Senna (325/30R20 vs. 315/30R20).

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

The Ford GT’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The McLaren Senna only has 1 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Senna (106.7 inches vs. 105 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Senna.

For better maneuverability, the GT’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Senna’s (40 feet vs. 42.3 feet).

Chassis

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

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the GT is quieter than the Senna (100 vs. 102 dB).

Ergonomics

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The GT’s standard tilting steering column adjusts to different sized drivers and makes entering and exiting easier. McLaren doesn’t offer tilt steering on the Senna.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the GT has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Senna doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The GT’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Senna’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the GT. The GT’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Senna doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Recommendations

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The GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Senna has never been an “All Star.”

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