Compared with the other McLarens we’ve driven, the 570S has its own very unique character, despite having a variety of classic McLaren qualities. Like all McLaren road cars, it’s built on a carbon fibre tub, and much of the bodywork is fashioned from aluminium, so the car is very light and very stiff. It also has McLaren’s favoured rear-drive, mid-engined layout, plus adaptive dampers that harden up or soften off depending on the suspension mode you select. It all adds up to a wonderfully engaging experience. The lightness of the car makes it feel extremely agile and pointy when you’re changing direction, the layout gives the car a wonderfully balanced feel, and the suspension keeps body roll to a bare minimum. The super-fast responses you get from the controls also contribute to the car’s nimble, darty nature. Where the difference lies, however, is in the amount of grip on offer. The 570 doesn’t have the clever active aerodynamics system found on other McLarens, that automatically moves the rear wing around to maximise downforce in a variety of driving situations, and it also has narrower tyres. This allows you to explore the limits of grip at far lower speeds, and the odd bit of tail-happy hoonery is much easier to achieve. Granted, it means you can’t pound around corners at the same break-neck speed, with the same unshakeable faith that the car will stick, but it’s no less enjoyable or engaging as a result. The steering is the other big difference-maker. It feels much quicker than that of other McLarens, both to react and to turn, and this adds an extra element of freneticism and excitement to the handling. It could perhaps do with providing a shade more feedback, but there’s enough to keep you feeling on top of the action, and it’s perfectly weighted. What's more, despite all this excitement in the corners, the 570S also delivers an impressively smooth ride. Whether you’re plodding along battered urban streets or pelting along the motorway, there’s enough compliance in the suspension to keep you comfortable and relaxed. The 570S is a surprisingly refined car, too, which allows it to play the role of grand tourer very effectively when the need arises.