When we tested the McLaren 570S against its rivals, the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo S, something struck me about the newest, most junior McLaren.
When the first MP4-12C arrived, some five years earlier, it hadn’t just been the convoluted name that was somehow off-kilter. It was certainly a bold, high-tech offering, a car that took the fight to the heart of Ferrari, but the execution was that of a company that was finding its feet. Hardly surprising, maybe. But well documented issues with the IRIS infotainment and, more pertinently, an absence of charisma, made the MP4 feel like a product that hadn’t had enough love lavished on it.
Photography: Lee Brimble
This feature was originally published in the May 2016 issue of Top Gear Magazine.