McLaren GT vs. Aston Martin DB11: Which British Grand Tourer Gets Your Vote?

Now that McLaren has entered the world of luxurious grand tourers with their new GT, they’re going to have to deal with customers who are also considering the likes of the Bentley Continental GT and the Aston Martin DB11 as posh solutions for their daily commute.

Because of its sheer size, we’re going to strike the Bentley from this discussion, focusing instead on the Aston Martin DB11, which is arguably the McLaren GT’s biggest competitor at the moment.

Which one looks better?

Naturally, this is up to all of you to decide. Objectively speaking, they feature two, very different design languages, both of which use dynamic lines, muscular fenders, aggressive stances and elegant angles. Also, both cars stay true to their respective automaker’s identity as far as styling is concerned. That means the McLaren GT looks more like a stretched out version of one of their regular Sports Series models, rather than a luxury coupe first, and a supercar second, a category in which the DB11 clearly falls, as do models like the Continental GT and the BMW 8-Series.

The McLaren GT measures 184.4 inches (4,683 mm) in length, 47.8 inches (1,213 mm) in height, is 82.5 inches (2,095 mm) wide and its wheelbase stretches for 105.3 inches (2,675 mm). The Aston Martin on the other hand is a little longer and taller, yet isn’t as wide, with 186.5 inches (4,739 mm) in length, 76.3 inches (1,940 mm) in width, 50.3 inches (1,279 mm) in height and a 110.4 inch (2,805 mm) wheelbase.

Also read: Show Us What Your Dream McLaren GT Looks Like On Its Online Configurator

The DB11 is also considerably heavier, with the V8 version weighing in at 4,045 lbs (1,835 kg) and the V12 model at 4,299 lbs (1,950 kg). The McLaren; on the other hand, tips the scales at just 3,384 lbs (1,535 kg), and that’s with all the fluids and a full tank of gas. So in a way, it’s a different type of beast, albeit one that is gunning for the DB11’s job.

Which one is more luxurious?

Another one of the McLaren’s party tricks is its stupendous combined luggage capacity, rated at 20.1 cu.ft (570 liters). It has 14.8 cu.ft (420 liters) at the rear and a further 5.3 cu.ft (150 liters) inside the frunk. The front-engined Aston Martin meanwhile has only 9.5 cu.ft (270 liters) at its disposal.

Speaking of interiors, the GT is McLaren’s most luxurious model ever, featuring high-quality materials, as well as the automaker’s most sophisticated infotainment system to date. Visually, the GT’s dashboard seems less cluttered than the DB11’s, however the former doesn’t have any steering wheel-mounted controls, which may look elegant, but isn’t particularly practical nowadays.

Which one goes faster?

The new McLaren GT is powered by a 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine, putting down 612 HP (620 PS) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque. It can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds, before maxing out at 203 mph (326 km/h).

Now, you can buy an Aston Martin DB11 with either a V8 engine or a V12, although we regret to inform you that neither of these options will help you keep up with the McLaren off the line. The AMG-sourced twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine of the Aston is good for 503 HP (510 PS) and 513 lb-ft (695 Nm) of torque, propelling you to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). The twin turbo 5.2-liter V12 option produces 600 HP (608 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque, for an identical 0-60 time as the V8’s, and a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).

Pricing

The new McLaren GT has a starting MSRP of $210,000 in the U.S. which is just a bit more than the Aston Martin DB11 ($201,495), depending on which engine configuration you opt for. Either way, it’s pretty much the same ballpark, which means that choosing a winner should come down to factors such as styling, performance, practicality and badge recognition.

Which way are you leaning towards?

  • OF THE TWO PICTURED I’D GO FOR THE DB 11.
    OF THE THREE MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE I’D GO FOR THE BENTLEY.

    • Less soul, more tech and confort… probably more reliable… smart choice.

    • Marc Gruben

      I agree with the Bentley. “Grand Tourer” to me is a large, front engine / rear drive (or AWD) powerful coupe that also is wide enough that the front passengers can rest their arms on the armrest without touching, where there’s a back seat to put those little bags and sundries that keep snacks, drinks, wallets etc close by. You know, the things you need on a 10-hour trip. The Bentley fulfills this task perfectly.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    they are both gorgeous! the mclaren just seems lighter & more sophisticated

  • david santiago

    db11

  • nauticalone

    The McLaren. Though for the price I find the interiors of both wanting. MB E and S class looks better inside.

  • Belthronding

    Mc

  • Kannag Don Amenra

    I can’t believe I am saying this. I love both and the DB11 WAS my dream car until the Mac GT. IMHO, the McLaren GT looks like the future and the DB11, the past. The McLaren makes the DB11 look old!

  • Christian Cortes-Rojo

    DB11

  • Ruel Lewis

    Bentley CGT

  • Ben

    If I couldn’t have a Bentley CGT, I’d take the DBS, specifically a Superleggera model.

  • Eagle By Singer

    Couldn’t there have just been a poll?

  • Callanish

    I would go with the Mclaren, but I don’t think either of them are all that attractive visually on the outside. Still prefer the looks of the 570 or 720 for a Mclaren and haven’t liked the looks of any Aston Martin since the DBS.

  • AMG44

    Styling wise DB11. In everything else Mclaren GT is superior.
    Styling wise imo nothing comes close to DB11 except Lexus LC.

  • TheBelltower

    Tough choice. Both are sexy, but each is awkward from some angles. Without driving either, and based on what I know about the expertise of each of these brands, I’d probably go for the McLaren if I had to choose.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I like them both. Aston Martin is as sophisticated and classy as ever. McLaren is synonym with hi-tech materials and outrageous performance.

    But, since my money can’t reach both of them, I guess I have to settle with an E350 Coupe for my long range cruiser. LOL….

  • TrevP

    Aston for sure

  • paulgdeaton

    That is an interesting observation. I never thought of it that way; I cannot say I disagree.

  • Javokhir_Sam

    Just one thing: Mclaren is ugly!

    And the design is one of the most important aspect of GT cars.

    • Rob Banks

      I recommend you get your eyes checked.

      • Javokhir_Sam

        Well I recommend you to get your bank account checked coz you may have some reward from Mclaren for being PR agent

        • Rob Banks

          That’s like saying Jennifer Lawrence needs to be told she’s 1. fine af, 2. In high demand, and 3. The highest paid actress because no one has ever clued her in on any of that before. McLarens pedigree speaks for itself. They dont need my help.

          • Javokhir_Sam

            C’mon man pedigree does NOT make the car look good. It is still ugly.

          • Rob Banks

            Ultimate flaw: form follows function. You never put looks before performance. Regardless, the db11 has become redundant and tiresome. Imo, it hasn’t aged well either due to the been there done that styling. Just my personal opinion

          • Javokhir_Sam

            I agree performance wise the MCL is outstanding and they follow “form follows function” strategy. Therefore this particular car is fast but ugly. Plus I am not praising DB11 here as well because of some bland styling cues here and there but compared to the MCL it does look good. And again GT car should look good.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    Try putting your fingers over the top of the claw shaped light. What do you see?

  • Alex87f

    I never would have though I would say this, but McLaren, without a doubt.

    I really like astons but that DB11 hasn’t grown on me, and I find its interior both tacky and dated. Its only redeeming feature is having a V12 (and that’s a strong argument), but the Mclaren trumps that by being 900lbs lighter so..

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think Mclaren missed an opportunity with the styling of the rear-end. So probably the DB11, but the Mclaren is still really nice, I’d want it just for the fact that its a mid-engine car.

  • nastinupe

    DB11. The V12, the back seats, the proportions, the back end. The Lexus LC should be in this class as well. I would actually take that for the money.

  • maxnix

    McClaren. Not only is it LHD, it is probably quieter and faster.

  • erly5

    DB11 all day long!

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