McLaren’s theatrical supercar

McLaren 570GT

Most supercars are about as practical as a pair of speedos in a snowstorm, says Alistair Weaver in The Sunday Times. McLaren would like you to believe that its 570GT is different. The car is based on the 570S but for added practicality you now get… a side-hinged rear window. This apparently transforms the car from a self-indulgent toy into a versatile grand tourer.

Still, no one buys a supercar for practical reasons, and as a supercar, no other car in its price range is quite as “super”. It has theatrical looks, a cockpit swathed in leather and carbon fibre, and the digital dashboard will make you think you’re driving Kitt from the hit 1980s TV show Knight Rider. It’s certainly the best car McLaren makes now – and it stands alongside the Ferrari 488GT as the best of the bunch.

It’s quite a civilised beast to drive, says Phil McNamara in Carmagazine. The ride is smooth and supple, and the engine and wind noise are muted. But once you press the throttle, it will accelerate as quickly and effortlessly as a supersonic travelator. From rest, 62mph is “eerily dispatched” in just 3.4 seconds, and the top speed is 204mph.

Corners are as much fun as the straights, thanks to phenomenal grip levels, and the steering is a delight. This is one astoundingly quick car that handles beautifully. You will struggle to get these levels of pace, excitement and sense of occasion anywhere else.

Price: £154,000
Engine: 3,799cc 32v twin-turbo petrol V8
Top speed: 204mph
0-62mph: 3.4 secs
Power: 562bhp at 7,500rpm
Torque: 443lb ft at 5,000-6,500rpm