To many, the 570GT will appear simply as a subtle new variant of the 570S, the machine we’ve named as one of our favourite cars on sale.
Rear bodywork aside, it looks almost identical and has exactly the same engine and gearbox. Even inside, the cabin is altered in detail only.
And yet time spent in the car at its international launch in Tenerife suggested that the car was more changed in character than its on-paper headlines would ever suggest.
Indeed, you could call this the bravest product yet to be built by the new-era McLaren.
Why? Simply because all the others – from the original 12C to the P1 hypercar – have been pure supercars and therefore precisely the kind of cars you’d expect a company bearing the McLaren name to make.
The 570GT is the first to spear off in another direction, one in which McLaren has yet to travel. This is a softer, quieter and more practical McLaren – hardly core brand values for the marque, you'll agree.
It’s true that the company has left major mechanical components unchanged but the devil, as ever, is in the detail.
Relative to a 570S, it comes with springs softened by 15 percent at the front and by 10 percent behind. The sticky standard Pirelli Corsa tyres of the 570S have been replaced by better-riding, quieter P-Zeros.
The steering is two percent slower, too. The side-hinged rear hatch offers genuinely useful additional luggage space and the car’s body has been stuffed with sound-deadening material. Inside, you’ll find a glovebox, a central storage bin and even a cupholder.
So the only question remaining is how it stacks up against the rather sterner test of British public roads.
Taking the McLaren 570GT out on the British A-roads
If you’d never driven a 570S and just jumped in the GT, your jaw would fall so far that you’d have to go rummaging around in the footwell to find it. The new body and sound deadening have increased weight by 37kg, but if you can feel that in a 562bhp car, you have a backside that belongs in a laboratory.