The 570S is part of McLaren’s ‘Sports Series’ range, sitting below the ‘Super Series’ cars such as the 720S and the ‘Ultimate Series’ limited-run monsters like the Speedtail or the Senna. It comes in three flavours – the regular coupe, the softer-edged GT (which is longer and gets an extra boot in the rear as well as the one under the bonnet) and a convertible version.
Now, the 570S might be the entry-level McLaren, but that’s a bit like describing a precious stone as being an ‘entry-level diamond’ – it’s still pretty sparkling. You still get carbonfibre monocoque construction, a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 capable of 200mph performance, and the sort of handling you’d expect from a brand with eight F1 constructors’ championships under its belt.
The problem for the 570S is that it’s competing with some very talented rivals, including the Aston Martin Vantage, Mercedes AMG GT and Porsche 911 Turbo. And while the Porsche may be an easier everyday proposition and the AMG or Aston feel more thunderously muscular, nothing, if sheer speed and agility are what matter most to you, beats a McLaren.