At €200,000+ it is the most 'affordable' McLaren to date. And it can sprint to 100kmh in 3.2 seconds.
Published 01/04/2015 | 02:30
IT'S being called the 'affordable' super-car - even though it will cost more than €200,000.
The McLaren 570S Coupe will be revealed officially at this week's New York Show.
In an industry well known for its hypebole, it is nonetheless being underlined by the automaker as 'probably the most important car' in their history.
Essentially it heralds a new 'entry-level' Sports Series (to go with the Super and Ultimate ranges).
And it is designed to tempt buyers who might ordinarily opt for a Porsche 911 Turbo S or Audi R8 V10 Plus.
It is also being described as 'McLaren's most usable car yet' but it still doesn't come cheap. We reckon it would cost well upwards of €200,000 here.
They say they have brought elements and lessons gleaned during the development of the 650S supercar and P1 hypercar to the 570S.
It stays with the mid-engined set-up of the 650S. They have tweaked the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 already in the 650S and P1. And it is rear-wheel driven, with a 7spd dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Why is it called 570S? Because it thumps out 570PS (that's 562 brake horsepower to you and me).
It's nippy. It can zip to 100kmh from a standing start in a mere 3.2 seconds and reach 160kmh (100mph) in 6.3 seconds. Top speed is 326kmh.
Helping it is a relatively low weight (1,313) for this sort of car - thanks to a tweaked carbon-fibre MonoCell II chassis.
But while it is, without doubt, a McLaren to look at - the front and rear lights, overall shape etc - it doesn't share panels with other models. It has its own styling elements; the front aero blades, side skirts and rear diffuser being the most prominent.
And it has a different rear pillar design compared with the 650S's glass engine cover.
It sounds a little strange but they are saying it provides better "day-to-day usability and driveability".
That means more room for bits and bobs in the cabin, leather upholstery as well as front luggage room of 144 litres.
Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, as are 19ins forged alloys (front) 20ins on the rear.