Each time they get a little better. That’s our experience so far of the road cars from McLaren, a company born in its latest form in 2011 when it launched the clumsily titled MP4-12C.

It had some clumsy details, too, but because McLaren Automotive thinks, in some ways, like its Formula 1 division, it responds very quickly, and things have been getting better and better since.

The 12C soon followed the MP4-12C – faster turbo response, more power – and early MP4-12C customers received free upgrades to the 12C’s spec.

A convertible came next – barely heavier or less rigid than the coupé – then a second model series with the astonishing P1 hypercar, and then the 650S to sit above the 12C.

The 650S was meant to add a little more focus but, well, everybody just wanted a 650S and not a 12C, so McLaren reacted, again, and the 12C was dropped, again with existing owners getting some 650S juiciness plugged back in.

What came instead was a car to sit above the 650S, the limited-run 675LT, which feels more like a P1 than 650S in terms of speed.

It’s an extraordinary number of models to preside over in just five years, and each one is a little more compelling than the last.

And that brings us, more or less, to the 570S and McLaren model line number three: the Sports Series, sitting under the Super Series (650S, 675LT) and Ultimate Series (previously P1, now dormant).

It’s an entry-level McLaren. Which means it’s an entry-level car with 562bhp, so when McLaren uses the term ‘sports’ rather than ‘super’, we’re talking degrees here. Rivals include the Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8, so there’s very little that’s un-super about the potential of the 570S.

The question is, though, does the 570S do what McLarens have conditioned us to expect of them over their first half a decade in production: improve?

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