The McLaren 570GT is the car that best epitomises McLaren Automotive’s rapid rate of progress. Let me explain why.

Less than six years ago we were given the McLaren MP4-12C, a razor sharp and ultra quick machine, but one that failed to really grab the hearts of lovers of driving.

Since then, McLaren has listened to the industry (and maybe even us journos) to produce a line-up of models that improved significantly with each new incarnation. The 570GT arrives at the end of this line as a brave new breed that steps away from the realms of a hardcore supercar.

As McLaren’s first grand tourer, it mixes the pace and agility of the superb 570S with a more supple ride and forgiving chassis. There’s thicker sound deadening and more luggage space than you get in a Ford Focus, yet the V8’s 562bhp feels just as muscular and the GT’s slight performance loss to the S is unnoticeable on the road.