First Drive: 2017 McLaren 570GT

– Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

After conducting many serious and thorough tests and evaluations, I’ve come to the scientific and official-sounding conclusion that the 2017 McLaren 570GT is a really super car. Okay, so what I actually did was spend the past couple of days flinging Mac’s new coupe around the gorgeous volcanic landscape of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, but my findings are no less accurate and certain. McLaren may lump its new offering in the Sports Series of cars, and the “GT” on the end may indeed mean “Grand Touring,” but forget about all of that. I promise you, the 570GT is a car worthy of super status.

A cursory glance at the 570GT’s specification reveals it to be a heavier, softer, more expensive version of the fantastic 570S that launched last year. But don’t let those adjectives fool you – this is still a McLaren through and through. Step out of a 650S and into a 570GT and you’ll feel the family resemblance. The company’s road-car DNA is so incredibly well defined that I could likely drive any Sports Series or Super Series product while blindfolded (don’t try this at home!) and recognize it almost immediately as a McLaren.

2017 McLaren 570GT

 

The 570GT has one of the most amicable sports car suspension setups I’ve ever had working under my butt.

There are a couple of tell-tale McLaren traits that work wonderfully here in the 570GT, the first of which is the chassis. The product team calls the GT its “most road-biased car yet,” which is a slick way ...