You might expect something mid-engined and rear-wheel drive with this much power to feel daunting, yet the 570S is remarkably easy to get used to. Thanks to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, you can just slot it into drive and pull away smoothly and without drama.
Should you need to, it’s possible to potter around town without worry. The throttle is easy to modulate and there’s even some creep built into the transmission to make hill starts and parking relatively simple.
The steering is a touch heavy and always seems to be moving around in your hands but this isn’t a criticism. Instead it serves as a reminder of this car’s true purpose and helps involve you in the process of driving at any speed.
What may surprise many is just how comfortable the 570S is. Although the suspension may not have the clever hydraulics of the 650S and P1, it rides better than many executive cars we’ve tried. On a typically bumpy British B-road, the way it feels really is uncanny.
Of course you’re not going to be buying a car like this to drive slowly, and it’s when you start to explore what the 570S is capable of that it really starts to impress. The 3.8-litre V8 has twin turbochargers to give 562bhp. It’s an impressive engine but one that can’t quite match the R8 V10 Plus for aural fireworks.
This gives it the kind of performance that you can only access very briefly on the road. From a standstill, you’ll be doing 62mph after just 3.2 seconds. Keep your foot down for another 3.1 seconds and you’ll be doing 100mph. Somehow, this never feels scary; a well sorted chassis and plenty of electronic help means you can use an awful lot of the performance should conditions allow.
Unbelievably, it isn’t the power that impresses most. The way the car responds to steering and throttle inputs and then communicates back to you could shame many a ‘pure’ sports car. Sure, an R8 or 911 with 4WD might be quicker down a wet road but it’s the McLaren driver that would be having the most fun.