570s is the car that can make you stop your 401k contributions and cut the spending for alcohol, iPhone, and cable television. Well, this vehicle has been officially named as the company’s least expensive and most ambiguous model today. This statement is indeed worth believing: just a decade ago, when you wanted to buy a supercar from McLaren that could reach 60 miles per hour in just 3 seconds, you had a little choice. In fact, you had only one option: the F1 model that started at one million dollars, which is pretty much unaffordable for most customers. However, with the release of 570s at the New York Auto Show last year, everything changed: it costs just about $184,900. This price is indeed unprecedented because now you can own a true supercar for less than $200,000 and not just any supercar, but McLaren.
Set to launch in the second quarter this year, this model is the first in the company’s so-called ‘entry-level’ supercars, combined in the Sports Series. If you are unfamiliar with the McLaren’s hierarchy, here is the explanation: the top is the Super Series, which includes the 650S Coupe and Spider and 675LT and the second is the Ultimate Series that consist of P1 GTR and hybrid P1. The Sports Series are positioned below these two classes.
At this point, it is clear that McLaren is attempting to get more customers and reach more markets by making much more affordable but nevertheless super car. According to the company’s statement, 570S is not designed to be a race car but a car that could be used every day, which makes it more practical and usable than any other McLaren model in history. Moreover, the 570S carries the mission of increasing the sale volumes in the next years: specifically, the manufacturer intends to enhance its production up to 3400 vehicles by 2017 and 4000 vehicles every year after. Therefore, 570S is an important car for McLaren, so should be very likable and powerful enough for most customers of super cars.
Undoubtedly, the segment of supercars, regardless of their price, requires any vehicle to be fast and efficient. To meet these requirements, 2016 McLaren 570s is provided with 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC V-8 engine with port fuel injection and aluminum block and heads. The performance of this unit is more likely to keep 570S in the game for a sufficient period of time: it develops an impressive 562 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 443 lb-ft. Just like the one-million F1 model, it is capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in just 3.1 seconds and 100 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds (only it costs much cheaper!). The engine is coupled with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which has been described as fast and efficient by most reviewers. The top speed of the model is estimated at an equally impressive 204 miles per hour, which places it into the segment of super cars despite the price tag. The fuel efficiency of the engine was reported as 16/23 mpg city/highway.
The model allows the driver to select three drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Track on the panel just below the central touch screen. While the first two respective modes are quire soundless and provide a firm driving, Sport brings more noise, and the ride is even firmer. This performance is provided by the laser accurate hydraulic steering and sport-oriented gearbox.
So, yes, it is powerful enough.
Just like any other McLaren interior, 570S received the one that is concentrated on the functionality and visibility. However, it also has more room than the previous models (up to 150 liters of cargo space) and the new infotainment system that features a 7-inch touch screen display and redesigned digital instrument cluster. According to the manufacturer, 570S has the most intelligent and ergonomic design of the cabin used in any company’s model ever. It is good because the competitors of this ‘entry model’ are Porsche 911 and Audi R8.