The McLaren 765LT and AMG GT Black Series go directly head to head in their purpose, performance, price and even exclusivity. However, despite a history of both the LT models and AMG GTs, I've only bought one of the new cars (so far); is my choice actually the better car and how do they stack up against one another?
In recent weeks, I was lucky enough to drive both of the new cars directly back to back on adjacent days; firstly with McLaren at Silverstone in the UK, and then the following day with AMG at the Lausitzring in Germany. There could not have been a better opportunity to therefore weigh up whether it's the right choice for me to purchase the latter for the Shmeemobiles.
The 765LT starts at £280,000 but realistically with spec will be £330-340k, for a car that has a 4.0l TT V8 making 765hp/800Nm, of which 1,530 will be made plus special editions. The GT BS is £335,000 with all options included, for a car with a 4.0l TT V8 making 730hp/800Nm, of which they will build 1,500-2,000 in total. They have both launched this year, are both built for the track, both approximately the same performance and come in at bang on the same money - you can see the similarities!
However, which is actually the better car? Without any doubt, for an infrequent track drive, the 765LT is leagues ahead for its driving, handling, and outright speed. However, throw in desire for reliability over many miles, daily usage and perhaps long term value and the GT Black Series is going to pull ahead. When it comes to my garage, this is where it starts to become more interesting and specific to me. With both my 675LT Spider and Senna sticking around for the long haul, the 765LT would be quite a duplicate in terms of being a permanent car. On the other side, while the SLS BS will be staying, eventually the GT R Pro and GT R Roadster will move on, giving the GT Black Series a long term home, while being used for huge miles in the process. I find it a fascinating comparison, and feel very lucky to have experienced both already!
Thanks for watching, Tim