Motor Trend’s Ignition web series is back with a new episode and this time, senior features editor Jason Cammisa is spending some quality time with the first inhabitant of McLaren’s new Sports Series line, the 570S. In the episode, Cammisa sought to find out if the 570S is as good as McLaren has made it out to be. After all, it is close to $100,000 cheaper than the 650S and, as part of the British automaker’s Sports Series, it’s supposed to be geared towards a bigger customer base.

So, is it worth the trouble of buying one, or are buyers better off just shooting for a bigger star in the 650S? The first order of business was to take the 570S up for a scenic drive in the canyons. Cammisa had a lot of things to say about the feel of the 570S, especially in the way it feels behind the steering wheel. The word ‘stiff’ was thrown around and a comment about how it “steers like a sports car” should give customers a unique driving experience with the 570S.

Once the dilly-dallying in the streets was over, Camissa took the 570S to the Willow Springs race track where race driver Randy Pobst took his turn behind the wheel of the 570S for a hot lap. As expected, Pobst pushed the 570S to its absolute limit, even putting the wheels outside the track for brief moments before steering the car back into the racing line. In the end, Pobst posted an impressive lap time for the 570S, enough at least to put it ahead of sports car rivals like the Porsche 911 GT3 and the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S, but not enough to unseat the real supercars that posted faster lap times than the McLaren.

So, is the 570S really worth it? For me, it depends on what you need from a sports car. If you want an adventurous sports car that’s going to keep you on your toes with its power and performance, the 570S is as good a choice as any. But, if you want something that’s a little more conservative, maybe you need to look at something else.

2016 McLaren 570S

2016 McLaren 570S Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 McLaren 570S here.

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