Like all McLaren road cars, from the entry-level 540C to the exquisitely exclusive P1, the 570GT uses a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 petrol engine. Here, the engine drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that offers rifle-bolt precision. As the moniker implies, the GT produces 570PS or 562bhp, and with a 0-62mph time of 3.3secs and 0-124mph in 9.8secs, is capable of propelling you into the horizon (and a prison cell) all too quickly.
It’s easy to exploit this performance too, not just because of the superb driving position and beautifully measured control weights, but because of the prodigious grip and composure on offer. Whereas an Aston Martin DB11 takes effort, concentration and nerve to drive quickly, the McLaren 570GT doesn’t.
We also love the logical division of labour between the powertrain and ride quality controls, allowing you to tailor the setup of your 570GT just so. However, what it brings to the table in sheer oomph and excitement, it lacks in musicality. You really have to be wringing its neck above 6,000 rpm to discover you’re driving a V8, nevermind illicit any aural character, which seems a bit of a shame.