- Apr 13, 2014
This is it - McLaren's first addition to the Sports Series, the 570S Coupé. It joins the McLaren family as the "little" brother to the 650S, but don't let looks fool you, there is some not-so-subtle differences.
McLaren will officially reveal the 570S Coupé in New York tomorrow, completing their first three-tier range alongside the Super Series (650S & 675LT) and Ultimate Series (P1). Being the sports car version, the 570S is down 80 Hp on its "big" brother, however the 570S is actually the larger of the two. Why? Usability.
As you can see, the interior is laid out in a more relaxed and conventional way. The seats sit (slightly) more upright, the console area provides more leg room and I'd be willing to bet the storage is larger as well.
In fact, it is. Not only that, McLaren says the seats are more comfortable on long rides. You won't be bored when stuck in traffic either, with the full infotainment system and four speaker sound system.
However, don't be fooled by the comfort and day to day usability, despite the relatively lower power and creature comforts, the 570S is certainly no slouch. The mid-rear mounted 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 provides 562 brake horsepower to the rear wheels, and with a dry weight of only 1,313 kg you might imagine this is a quite capable machine.
Thanks to the carbon fibre chassis and lightweight components, the 570S achieves a power-to-weight ratio of 434 PS per tonne, which propels the sports car to 62 MPH in just 3.2 seconds, 0 to 124 MPH in 9.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 204 MPH.
While this may sound like an amazing compromise for a more usable car, with all the usual McLaren styling and performance, it does come at a price - around $180,000. Maybe not a cheap sports car, but when compared to others for a similar price (such as a 911 Turbo S) it does seem, to me at least, to be a no-brainer.