What Is It?
The 2016 McLaren 570S, also known as the Sport Series, is the new "entry-level" model from British supercar maker McLaren. It joins the 650S and the range-topping P1. It is intended to compete with such desirable, high-performance luminaries as the Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes-AMG GT.
What's New About This Model?
The 570S is an all-new model. It uses extensive amounts of carbon fiber and aluminum to keep weight down, while generously borrowing, adapting and in some cases improving upon elements from its pricier siblings.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The Sport Series will no doubt be in high demand, so it's best to put your order in now.
How Much Does It Cost?
The "base" 570C McLaren Sport Series will start at £126,000. That translates to about $186,000, but cars in the United States are almost always cheaper than what a direct currency exchange would indicate. The 570S shown in New York will start at £143,250, or about $212,000.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The 570C specs were not released, but the 570S gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 mounted in the middle of the car behind the cabin. It sends 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automated dual-clutch manual. McLaren says it will go from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds. Its top speed is 204 mph.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The 570S includes carbon-ceramic disc brakes, adaptive dampers and antiroll bars (for enhanced handling, engagement and refinement on both public roads and the track), Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires on lightweight forged wheels (19-inch front, 20-inch rear), a performance traction control system and a Brake Steer system that aids in cornering. This latter technology is so effective it was banned by F1 because it provided an unfair performance advantage.
Other standard features include a six-way adjustable driver seat (full power seats are available), leather upholstery, an LCD instrument cluster and a 7-inch touchscreen interface. There is also an abundance of options like carbon-fiber race seats and three track-intended cameras for recording your high-speed exploits, along with the By McLaren "designer" customization program that includes various special-order paints and interior color schemes.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
There is only one coupe body style available. McLaren says that there will not be a convertible version for the foreseeable future. The 570C and 570S variations on the Sport Series differ in level of engine performance.
What's the Interior Like?
The Sport Series is intended to be a little more livable than the 650S and P1, with better visibility and more interior and luggage space. This is extremely relative, however, as it remains a supercar better suited to short weekend back road blasts than lengthy tours up the coast or across the countryside. The interior is covered in leather and dominated by a pair of screens — one for the instruments and another in place of the center stack that controls most secondary vehicle functions like the climate and entertainment systems. It is mounted portrait-style due to the narrow cabin.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi R8: An all-new R8 is on its way, arriving at dealerships in spring 2016. It boasts evolutionary styling and a choice of two V10 engines — one making 532 hp and the other 602 hp. Some choices are easier than others.
Mercedes-AMG GT: The sleek and sexy GT is the new Mercedes halo sports car that features a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that cranks out 503 hp. It's less flamboyant than the old SLS, but in most ways, it's superior.
Porsche 911 Turbo: In this company, the 911 might seem a bit dull and unexciting, at least to look at. But it's spectacular to drive, offering colossal acceleration through its 520-hp turbo flat-6 (or 560 hp in the Turbo S) and standard all-wheel-drive system.
Should You Wait for It?
If you want one, you probably WILL have to wait a while for it. Cars like this usually have a rather lengthy wait list. However, the 570S looks spectacular, its driving experience should be equally so, and it may make you wonder why anyone would bother paying about $80,000 more for the 650S.