The Sports Series is here, and it’s every inch a McLaren. Don’t call this the cheap one. Call it the 570S.
To be fair, it’s still not likely to be inexpensive—figure something around $150,000. But you’ll get an awful lot of bang for those 150,000 bucks.
First up, the specs: A 562-horsepower, 443-pound-foot twin-turbocgharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine sits in the middle; a 7-speed SSG dual-clutch gearbox swaps cogs; 62 mph comes in 3.2 seconds; 124 mph arrives in just 9.5 seconds; top speed is 204 mph; the car weighs 2,895 pounds when configured with lightweight options; 42 percent of the weight is over the front axle, 58 percent over the rear. Naturally, it’s rear-wheel drive.
Those are the McLaren 570S’s prime stats, but if driving the car is anything like the 12C and 650S, both of which we’ve had in our hands, the specs will only be a tiny portion of the overall experience. Thrust, brakes, and lateral grip, as well as an incredibly rewarding driver experience have become road-going McLaren hallmarks.
Wearing a design McLaren calls “shrinkwrapped” (think of the body being sucked down around the chassis and necessary components), a pair of flying buttresses improve aerodynamics and downforce. This aerodynamic optimization has been applied to the entire car’s surface as well, including the “door tendons” that help direct air up to reach the cooling inlets for the V-8.
Other key equipment includes a set of carbon ceramic brakes, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires (225/35/19 front, 285/35/20 rear), and an engine with 30 percent unique components—the last of which, combined with the car’s carbon monocoque passenger cell and overall lightweight, helps the car avoid the gas guzzler tax in the U.S. (American EPA gas mileage figures are still forthcoming).
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Inside the cabin, leather-upholstered seats, improved visibility, and some modifications that improve day-to-day comfort, the 570S is intended to be one of the most frequently driven McLarens on the road—a fact backed up with the most usable space within the cockpit of any McLaren on the road, too, as well as the 5.3 cubic feet of storage in the front trunk. A 7-inch touchscreen with integrated climate controls, Bluetooth, and other infotainment functions sits on a floating center console.
Despite the presence of modern electronics, McLaren is still shaving grams—resulting in a four-speaker audio system—although a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker system (or a McLaren Audio Plus 8-speakers system) is available as an upgrade. Other upgrades include Alcantara upholstery, nappa leather, and carbon fiber trim, as well as a range of bespoke interior treatments that coordinate with the exterior paint color and accentuate the cabin—similar to the treatments for the 675LT.
As the first of the coming Sports Series range (joining the Ultimate Series and Super Series), the coupe will be joined by at least one other form: its Spider counterpart—but that won’t likely come until next year.