Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
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.
From a standstill, you’ll be doing 62mph after just 3.2 seconds and you’ll hit 100mph if you keep your foot down for another 3.1 seconds. Somehow, this never feels scary; a well sorted chassis and plenty of electronic assistance means you can easily use all of the car’s performance should conditions allow.
Indeed, with the stability control system loosened off in Dynamic mode, you can tease the car into small slides by using a bit more throttle on corner exits. This might sound daunting, especially in a mid-engined sports car, but McLaren designed the 570S to be playful yet approachable and this makes it far more fun on a twisting road than the all-wheel drive Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo.